Story by Shelley R. Clapper
At the Florida School Board meeting on Thurs., Jun. 15, the Board announced that it has accepted the resignation of School Board member Robin Fraser effective on Sat., Jul. 1.
“My work commitments are getting in the way,” explained Fraser.
The Board announced the appointment, by majority vote, of Mathew Mulhare to fill the unexpired term seat caused by the resignation of Fraser.
At this point in the meeting it was announced that Board President John Campana would also be resigning.
“Because of work commitments I will have to travel more,” said Campana.
Superintendent Jan Jehring said to the resigning board members, “It has been a pleasure to work with you. This is an excellent board and I have worked with a lot of boards.”
In response to public comment, Board member John Redman said, “Based on our numbers, we will not call for an election for Board members unless there is an overwhelming public request for it, as elections are expensive.”
Senior Community Service Project
S.S. Seward Institute Principal Michael Rheaume introduced a presentation on the seniors’ community service project. The project was to benefit the Florida Food Pantry, which is located at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1 Main St. in Florida.
“I am incredibly proud to say that we had 50 of our graduating class involved. They did what they did with the spirit of giving back to the community,” said Rheaume.
Three seniors were on hand to describe what activities they had been involved in. Senior Class President Joseph Villani, along with students Kevin Dillon and Liana Pachat, described how they had industriously gardened, carried food, stacked food on shelves, and scrubbed chairs and benches. The ladies from the church had fortified the students with breakfast before an early start.
New Positions Created
A motion passed to establish three positions in the District: one for a Special Education Teacher, one for a Library Media Specialist and one for an Occupational Therapist. Superintendent Jan Jehring explained that they would abolish the position of Librarian and create a new position for a Library Media Specialist. She said that the present librarian, Marlayne Sick, is retiring.
Acceptance of Grant Award
A motion was made to accept a STEM Classroom Grant award in the amount of $1,000. The board thanked Lynn McGovern for her efforts in securing this grant. McGovern said that she had applied last year and had not received the award but had been more successful this year. The grant enabled McGovern to buy EVO Ozobots, which are small robotic devices that teach students how to code. McGovern explained that a series of codes will direct the robot to move faster or slower and to change direction. The robot can also make sounds and light up as well as interact with each other.
Approval of Athletics Overnight Trips
The Board approved a number of overnight athletic trips in the coming year. On Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, the boys’ varsity soccer team will go to Watkins Glen, NY. On Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, the boys’ varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will go to Delhi, NY. On Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, the girls’ varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will also go to Delhi, NY.
A motion to approve overnight trips was approved by the Board. Rheaume said, “The reason is to look for better competition than we would have in the area. It is always beneficial for our teams.”
The cost to the District would only be for transportation and fundraising and the Booster Club will pay for the lodging.
The Board will hold a work session on Thurs., Jul. 13, followed by a reorganizational meeting and a regular meeting at 7 p.m.