Story by A.J. Arias
The Florida Union Free School District announced during their meeting on Thurs., Jun. 20 that a deal had been reached between the District and the teacher’s union. Contract negotiations ended just a week before the deadline after an impasse was declared in March requiring a mediator to ensure the deadline was met.
The specifics of the deal between the two groups were not made available but were placed in the meeting’s minutes, which will be available next month after the Board approves them.
Timothy Beattie Steps Down
School Board Vice President Timothy Beattie was recognized during Thursday’s meeting after announcing he will be stepping down from the School Board.
Beattie served on the Board for three years and was honored by Superintendent Jan Jehring and S.S. Seward Principal Michael Rheaume.
Asst. AD Gravelle Steps Down
Assistant Athletic Director Rob Gravelle was also recognized during the Board meeting after he announced he’d be stepping down from his position. Gravelle served the District for 19 years and was instrumental in expanding the School District’s athletic program, including adding five sports through their partnership with the Warwick Valley School District.
Rheaume and Jehring commended Gravelle on his service and said he was welcome back at any time.
“We have the best kids and it makes it easy,” Gravelle said.
Security Projects Update
School Board President John T. Redman announced that Phase One of the District’s multi-step security enhancement project was complete. Redman admitted that the project was behind schedule and added that the Board was not pleased with the delay. However, there wasn’t much that could be done about it.
Athletic Dept. Looks to Improve Concussion Policy
Athletic Director Joe DiMattina was present at Thursday’s meeting to announce the School District’s new concussion policy, which includes training more coaches and athletic trainers about concussions and how to recognize them. The new concussion policy additionally adds more levels for approval by medical professionals, including the school’s medical provider, in order for a student to be able to return back to the field.
The new policy was set to be approved at the meeting but was delayed so that the Board can look into having athletes get a baseline test every two years by the school’s medical provider to help with spotting concussions and marking progress following one. According to Superintendent Jehring, the baseline test would be more costly but is a quick task that can help students.
The next meeting will be held on Thurs., Jul. 11. There will be a work session and reorganizational meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting.
The meetings are held at the S.S. Seward Memorial Building, located at 51 North Main St. in the Village Florida.