Story by Lisa Rice
The Warwick Valley Central School Board kicked off the 2018-19 school year with back to back meetings on Mon., Jul. 9 at the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center.
Davis President & Parsons Vice President
At 7 p.m. the annual organizational meeting was called to order and oaths of office were administered. The first oath was taken by District Clerk Susan Laroe who then administered the oath of office to newly re-elected Board members, Lynn Lillian and Dave Eaton. Lillian, in her last act as Board President, nominated fellow Board member, Sharon Davis, to take over the reins as President. Davis, who was not present, was unanimously elected to the position. Eileen Gagliano then nominated Keith Parsons for the position of Vice President and following the vote by all fellow Board members, he was elected.
After taking his own oath of office, Superintendent Dr. David Leach introduced the new student member, Madeline Wadeson, a senior at the Warwick Valley High School.
“What a stellar candidate Madeline was,” Leach said. “She came with the utmost recommendations from her teachers, specifically her leadership teacher, Mr. Burns.”
After approving the consent agenda, which included such items as new staff appointments for 2018-19, the mileage reimbursement rate, the staff student tuition rate, and the school breakfast and lunch prices, Board members were elected to County and State School Boards. Dave Eaton will be the delegate to the Orange County School Boards Association with Keith Parsons as the alternate. Eileen Gagliano will be the delegate to the New York State School Boards Association with Dory Masefield as the alternate.
Before adjourning the meeting the Warwick Valley Dispatch, the Warwick Advertiser and The Chronicle were all designated official School district newspapers.
Lillian’s Leadership & Service Honored
The first regular meeting of the 2018-19 school year was called to order at 7:15 p.m., presided over by newly elected Vice president, Keith Parsons.
The Superintendent wasted no time taking a moment to honor Lynn Lillian’s service to the School Board and Warwick as a whole. “Lynn has been the voice of the Board for the past five years in her role as President,” he said.
He highlighted some of the endeavors Lillian spearheaded, such as Fair Funding and a commitment to academic achievement with consideration for taxpayers.
“She worked with all stakeholders to establish so much.”
“I’m not going to let you have the last word,” Lillian said to Dr. Leach before itemizing all the credit due to others in the District, including the superintendent. A humorous banter ensued, with Dr. Leach noting the two blue ribbon and two green ribbons schools and Lillian volleying back that it was the District’s honor, not hers. The exchange gave insight into a long-standing relationship of mutual respect.
New Year Brings New Teachers
The new school year will bring several new faces to the District’s teaching staff and the superintendent commented that he was excited to have outstanding additions being appointed. Each new appointee was given the opportunity to stand and introduce themselves.
New to the District are Sanfordville Kindergarten teachers Emily McGurk and Rebekah Jackson; PIE 1-2 teacher Domiana DeFelice (concentration on process writing); PIE 3-4 teacher Veronica Malloy; Park Avenue third grade teacher Camille Cappa; Caitlyn E. Giampaolo, 7-12 English; Michelle L. Gebele, who will be working with Elementary school students with disabilities; and Brett Algera, who will be teaching students with disabilities at the Middle School.
Two familiar faces will also be back in the District this year. Steve Garbey, who has been teaching at Orange-Ulster BOCES, will be teaching the fourth grade at Park Avenue Elementary. And Warwick Valley High School Class of 2014 alum, Brad Garcia, who many remember from his days on the football field, will be joining the teaching staff, working with students with disabilities in grades seven to 12.
Field trips for the Future Farmers of America for the 2018-19 school year were approved, including Leadership Training Camp, the New York State Fair, the National FFA Convention, and the NYS Farm Show. FFA volunteers were also approved.
A special meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Mon., Jul. 16 at 7 p.m. for the purpose of accepting capital bid awards for flooring and door replacements at Sanfordville Elementary, Middle School, the Administrative offices, and the High School and an environmental tank removal at the Middle School and High School.
The next regular meeting of the Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education will be held on Mon., Aug. 6 and there will be a special meeting and work session on Mon., Aug. 20 regarding tax warrant.