Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Florida School Board business meeting was held on Thurs., Jul. 13. Board members present at the meeting were John T. Redman II, Timothy Beattie, Meg Sgombick, Howard Cohen and Mathew Mulhare. District Clerk Leta Jagielski administered the oath of office to newly elected Board members Howard Cohen and Mathew Mulhare.
At the June Board meeting the Board announced their appointment, by majority vote, of Mathew Mulhare to fill the unexpired seat caused by the resignation of Robin Fraser on Sat., Jul. 1. Board member John T. Redman explained that, based on the small size of the School District, they would not call for an election to fill the seat as elections are expensive, unless there was an overwhelming public demand to do so. Previous Board President John Campana also offered his resignation at the June meeting.
Officers & Appointments
By a unanimous vote, John T. Redman II was elected as Board President for the 2017-18 school year. Timothy Beattie was nominated and elected to serve as Board Vice President for the 2017-18 school year.
Jan Jehring was reappointed as Superintendent of schools for the 2017-18 school year. Leta L. Jagielski was reappointed as District Clerk for the 2017-18 year.
The motion was approved to designate the Warwick Valley Dispatch as the official newspaper for the 2017-18 school year.
Building Condition Survey
Superintendent Jan Jehring reported that the Board would be doing an overview of the building conditions that evening after the Board meeting and will report on their findings at a later date. Tom Andryshak, the Coordinator of Cleaning and Maintenance Services, said that the critical things that need attention are mechanical items such as the boilers. Andryshak reported that the roofs are in good shape and added that at Golden Hill Elementary, the roof is under warranty except for the 2001 addition and that the roof at S.S. Seward Institute is also under warranty.
Superintendent Jehring reported that the Golden Hill Elementary School Project was featured in the Warwick Valley Dispatch, recognizing the second graders for having created a replica of the Florida community.
Jehring reported that teachers were attending Google boot camps during the summer and science workshops and the new District website will be launched in August.
Jehring also announced that the high school will start a new Student Athlete program. Timothy Beattie said that the Board wants to recognize student efforts both in and out of the classroom.
Substitute Reimbursement Rates
There was much discussion at the meeting on raising the rate paid to substitute members of staff. Currently, certified substitute teachers are reimbursed at the rate of $100 per day, uncertified substitute teachers with a Bachelor’s degree or better are reimbursed at the rate of $85 per day and uncertified substitute teachers with two to four years of college are reimbursed at $75 per day. Although the board conceded that the daily rates will be increased, the new rates were not confirmed at the meeting.
The Board will hold a work session on Thurs., Aug. 24 at 7 p.m, followed by a regular meeting. Both meetings will be held at the S.S. Seward Memorial Building, located at 51 N. Main St. in Florida.