Oswego school board wraps up business for 2013

Submitted by the Oswego school district

The final regular meeting of 2013 was conducted by the Oswego school board on Dec. 18.

The board accepted a $60,180 grant  to extend universal pre-kindergarten and approved an agreement with First Step Universal Pre-K to support the extension of the district UPK program. (See more on this page.)

New Superintendent Ben Halsey said he was continuing his entry plan and had continued to be involved in a variety of visits, duties, programs and projects.

He said he had attended numerous school district holiday concerts and it was a “pleasure to see the connection between students and teacher” who are involved in the touted music program.

Under “Items from the Board,” board member Thomas DeCastro asked if the board would review its policy for appointing a member to the BOCES board to represent the Oswego City School District.

Currently, Dave White represents the district. He was on the Oswego school board when he was appointed to the BOCEs board, but now isn’t on the Oswego school board.

His term expires in the spring, but DeCastro asked if there was interest in having White continue in the BOCES position. Board members supported White, but stated the policy on appointing BOCES board members may need to be amended.

Board member John Dunsmoor asked the superintendent to provide direction to the school attorney in regards to tax PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes).

He also mentioned he had spoken with a member of city government in regards to the possibility of the district taking over the two municipal skating rinks. Dunsmoor said this was just a discussion with one person, but there might be a possibility and asked to research into this area.

 Regular Meeting Actions

** Approved a field trip for the Oswego Middle School French Club to Montreal on May 9-10

** Approved creation of a JV winter guard for students in grades five through 12 and a winter drum line program at the Oswego High School.

** Accepted the resignation of Mary Beth Fierro as a mathematics teacher. She took a leave to serve as Oswego Middle School prinicpal and recently received tenure as principal.

** Appointed  Michelle Emmons as a regular substitute as a mathematics teacher thru June 30, 2014.

**Granted leaves of absence for Special Education teacher Melissa Guild and elementary teacher Samantha Spaulding

** Approved probationary  appointments for elementary teacher Carolyn Slobodian and Samantha Spaulding (OMS Reading).

** Approved Lee Williams and William Carney as permanent school bus drivers and Geoff Marsh as permanent head automotive mechanic.

** Accepted a $132 donation from Target for Frederick Leighton Elementary School and entered into an agreement with Oswego County Opportunities involving  the extension of the runaway-homeless youth specialist.

School board committee meetings will be at 5 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Oswego High School Anthony J. Murabito Media Center.

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