Fulton school board approves budget

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton City School District Board of Education approved the fourth and final draft of the 2014-2015 district budget at its April 23 meeting.

The final budget totals $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 budget of $65,259,100.

The proposed tax levy — the amount to be raised by taxes — is $20,142,125, a 1 percent increase from the previous year’s budget. Actual tax rates will be calculated in the summer.

Not included in the total budget amount is a $60,000 proposition to buy two vehicles.

If the proposed budget is defeated twice by voters, the district goes to a contingency budget of $66,871,685. The tax levy would be $19,942,698, the 2013-14 amount.

The contingency budget would remove $30,000 in equipment and would eliminate the restoration of $25,000 to the athletic program, three elementary teaching positions, and the proposed $35,000 for an elementary mental health clinician.

Other business

• Director of Instructional Assessment Betsy Conners said the district is applying for several STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants for the middle and high school grades.

One such grant would allow seventh- and eighth-grade teachers to participate in a three-day professional development opportunity through BOCES in August. Conners said the interdisciplinary approach of STEM is becoming increasingly important to skilled jobs. The district will hear back about the grant in May.

• Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner introduced a “school within a school” model for alternative education students at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Currently, about 85 high school students participate in an alternative program at the Education Center. This would allow alternative students to take elective classes at GRB but maintain their current flexible scheduling and “safety net” of support services in a “pod” or partial wing at the high school.

The program would move four full-time and a handful of part-time alternative teaching positions to GRB. Geitner and GRB principal Donna Parkhurst are aiming to start the new program in September.

“It’s going to take a lot of coordination and individual planning if we move to this model,” Geitner said. “We want to replicate all the components that we believe are effective — and that students are telling us are effective — (and) offer them a broader range of opportunities.”

• Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation Jerry Seguin updated the board on the 2012 capital project’s progress.

He said crews worked “fast and furious” through the April break to update IT infrastructure and clean power systems at Volney and Fairgrieve elementary schools, as well as asbestos abatement at Fairgrieve and the Education Center.

The district has received state Education Department approval for the replacement of the gym floor at Lanigan Elementary School, part of the 2014-15 capital project. The project will be bid out in May and the renovation will take place over the summer.

The replacement of locksets across the district will extend into the fall of 2014.

Seguin said other summer projects include the replacement of the Volney and GRB roofs, renovations of the Education Center’s auditorium and gym ceiling, and renovations in Volney and Fairgrieve classrooms.

• The board also voted to pass the BOCES administrative budget, which is tentatively calculated at $6,408,434. The school board voted three members to the BOCES board for three-year terms: Eric Behling of the Mexico district, John Shelmidine of Sandy Creek and William “Dave” White of Oswego.

Coming up

• Petitions for school board and library board candidates are due to the district office by April 30.

• The public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Junior High School.

• The next regular school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at the Education Center.

• The budget vote, school board election and library proposition vote will be held May 20 at the elementary schools.

McCormick named liberal arts dean

4-26_MILEmccormickDr. Adrienne McCormick will become dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SUNY Oswego on July 11, college President Deborah F. Stanley announced.

McCormick has served SUNY Fredonia as interim associate provost for curriculum, assessment and academic support since last fall. A longtime professor of English at Fredonia, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service in 2012.

“I have a deep commitment to the importance of public education in the liberal arts and sciences,” McCormick said.

Noting Oswego’s “strong examples of global, interdisciplinary and experiential teaching and learning evident across the campus,” she said she is looking forward to “telling the story of the great work going on at Oswego.”

At Fredonia, McCormick previously served a year as interim assistant provost for special initiatives, which included oversight of the Community Engagement Task Force and a task force on implementation of online course evaluations. She chaired the English department for five years and was director of the women’s studies program for five years before that.

She joined Fredonia’s English faculty as an assistant professor in 1998 after receiving her doctorate in literature in English and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

She completed her master’s degree with a creative thesis in poetry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and dramatic arts and sciences from Queens University of Charlotte.

McCormick is the author of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on contemporary women poets, filmmakers and dramatists. She has presented at national conferences and scholarly gatherings in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Her most recent work in her discipline includes writing an essay for a forthcoming book, developing an online course on poetry, teaching a study abroad course called “Women Writing London” and speaking at an interdisciplinary conference on “London in Literature.”

SUNY Oswego chapter of HR society places second at regional contest

Members of the SUNY Oswego student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management placed second in the recent annual SHRM Northeast Regional Conference and Case Competition in Providence.

The case competition challenges each team’s human resource knowledge through a focused case study.

Teams are given four hours to analyze the case, make recommendations and prepare findings through written and oral presentations to a panel of judges.

The event attracts tough competition including teams from Cornell University, Rutgers University, Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania State University, Long Island University, Marist College and other northeastern higher education institutions.

SUNY Oswego progressed to the final round and placed a hairsplitting second to the Penn State team.

The Oswego team included seniors Justin Jarvis, Rachel Filosofos, Alycia White and Kristi O’Donaghy, and junior Nicole Schnorr.

In addition to the case competition, the two-day conference, April 11 and 12 this year, was packed with speakers, educational sessions, and career development and networking opportunities.

The SUNY Oswego student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management is advised by Dr. Barry Friedman, professor of management in Oswego’s School of Business, and Tammy Anderson, contract manager for professional development at the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center.

Chirello judges community relations contest

4-26_MILEchirelloSteve Chirello, owner of Chirello Advertising in Fulton, served as a judge for the 2014 State University of New York Council for University Advancement Award of Excellence category of Community Relations programs.

This is the fifth time Chirello has served as a judge for this competition.

“The SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence Program rewards the very best efforts of our talented and creative professionals,” said Dan Doyle, director of annual giving for SUNY Albany and SUNY Council for University Advancement awards program chair.

“Awards for Excellence are bestowed annually at the educational conference. Juries with professional experience in institutional advancement determine the winners,” he said.

This year’s conference is June 4-6 in Lake Placid. Chirello was formerly director of Community Relations for Syracuse University. Joining Chirello in judging this category was Joe Della Posta, director of communications and public affairs for Le Moyne College.

All full-time professionals working in university advancement at the 64 SUNY campuses as well as at SUNY System Administration are SUNYCUAD members.

Chirello Advertising celebrates its 18th anniversary this year and offers full service advertising, public relations, and marketing expertise to a variety of industrial, professional, institutional and retail clients throughout Central New York.

The agency, working with in-house staff and outside associates, specializes in public relations planning, graphic design, web design and streaming web video, video production, market research, radio, television and print advertising.

Chirello can be contacted at 592-9778, steve@chirello.com and www.chirello.com.

Enwright wins SUNY award for excellence

140417_enwright_jamie_0002cJamie Enwright’s more than two decades of service to SUNY Oswego as a member of the college’s University Police staff has been recognized with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Enwright said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor when college President Deborah F. Stanley called to tell her of the award.

University Police Chief John Rossi nominated Enwright for the Chancellor’s Award.

“She has always possessed an excellent work ethic, taking on far more tasks than originally assigned to her,” he wrote.

Enwright joined the department in 1993 as a part-time clerical employee. She received national recognition in 1997 for her handling of a medical call that resulted in saving a student’s life.

Woman’s World magazine featured the story: “Jamie Enwright knew she was the only person who could save the girl struggling to speak to her over the phone. But first, she had to find her,” it began.

The SUNY Chiefs of Police Association honored Enwright with an Acts of Professionalism Award.

In 1998 Enwright became the department’s first campus public safety officer, Rossi said, which put her in the role of desk officer, responsible for communications services and dispatching.

In 2002 she added the responsibilities of administrative assistant to her duties, essentially doing the work of two people, the chief said.

She works with the chief to administer the department’s compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act as well as to compile the department’s annual report to the college community.

Enwright also serves the college as a member of the Employee Recognition Committee and as her department’s representative for the State Employees Federated Appeal.

“Jamie possesses top-notch people skills whether in person or on the phone,” Rossi said.

The chief added that she boosts the morale of the department with her ever-present smile and by regularly bringing in homemade baked goods and making arrangements for social events.

Enwright is a graduate of Morrisville State College.

She will formally receive the medal for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service at SUNY Oswego’s December commencement ceremony.

 

Hannibal softball needs more offense

By Rob Tetro

Hannibal’s interim varsity softball coach Dave Meeker expected his inexperienced team to take a few lumps this season.

So far, his expectations have been pretty accurate. Hannibal has yet to win a game this season, with an 0-3 record.

The Lady Warriors began the season April 11 with a 21-9 loss to Bishop Ludden. Hannibal capped off the 3-game stretch with a doubleheader against county foe Phoenix April 17, losing the first game 16-0 and the second 25-2.

Bishop Ludden got off to an impressive start in its game with Hannibal, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first inning.

Bishop Ludden wasn’t about to let up and by the end of the fifth inning, Bishop Ludden had an 18-0 lead over the Lady Warriors.

However, Hannibal refused to quit. During the sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Warriors outscored Bishop Ludden, 9-3. But the game ended with a Bishop Ludden win by 1-9.

The Lady Warriors were led by Sabrina Weigand with a hit and 3 RBIs.

After falling to the Lady Firebirds 16-0 in Game 1 of their doubleheader, Hannibal’s struggles continued during Game 2.

Phoenix wasted little time putting the game out of reach. By the end of the second inning, the Lady Firebirds had a 21-1 lead over the Lady Warriors.

Hannibal scored during the third inning to cut the Lady Firebirds’ lead to 21-2. then Phoenix scored 4 more runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 25-2 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Kimberly Holbrook with 2 hits and 4 RBIs including a homerun. Following Holbrook was Gabrielle Esposito with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Shannon Dolan had a hit and an RBI while Jada Jackowski chipped in 2 hits for Phoenix.

Cheyenne Wilson earned the win on the mound for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 8 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 2 hits in a complete game effort.

The Lady Warriors were led by Megan Norris with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by  Malana Scott with 1 hit.

Dallas Voss got the start on the mound for Hannibal. She threw 1 strikeout while allowing 21 runs off 5 hits in 3 innings of work.

In relief of Voss, Malana Scott threw a strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 4 hits in 2 innings pitched.

Fulton baseball continues to struggle

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team has lost its last 4 games and now have an overall record of 1-7.

On April 18, the Red Raiders lost both games of a doubleheader against Homer — 11-1 in Game 1 and 14-2 in Game 2.

It didn’t get any easier for Fulton when they took on East Syracuse Minoa in a doubleheader April 19, as the Red Raiders lost 13-1 in Game 1 and 8-7 in Game 2.

In the Homer first game, Homer began building its lead after a scoreless first inning.

By the end of the third inning, Homer had a 4-1 lead over the Red Raiders. Homer then put the game out of reach following a scoreless fourth inning, erupting for   7 runs during the fifth inning to cap off an 11-1 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Jon Cummins with a hit and an RBI against Homer. Following Cummins was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits while Michael Bolster, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef chipped in a hit each for the Red Raiders.

Fulton was led on the mound by Michael Bolster with 1 strikeout while allowing 8 runs off 10 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings of work.

Nick Summerville pitched in relief of Bolster, throwing a strikeout while allowing 3 runs off 6 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched.

After Homer rolled past the Red Raiders in game 2 of their doubleheader, 14-2, Fulton turned their attention to a doubleheader against ESM.

In Game 1, after a scoreless first inning, ESM jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the  second inning. The Spartans put the game out of reach during the third inning, scoring 9 unanswered runs to take an 11-1 lead over the Red Raiders.

ESM added 2 more runs during the seventh inning en route to a 13-1 win.

Fulton was led by Michael Bolster with a hit and an RBI, followed by Peter Ravesi with 2 hits and Charles Alton, Cameron Clark and Dan Coant with a hit each.

Charles Alton led the way on the mound for the Red Raiders. In 3 and 1/3 innings of work, Alton threw 1 strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 7 hits. In relief of Alton, George Lewis allowed 9 runs off 9 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched.

Michael Bolster also got time on the mound for Fulton, allowing 1 hit in an inning of playing time.

The Red Raiders came up short in Game 2 against EMS.

Fulton jumped out to an early lead of 5-2 by the end of the second inning. But ESM wasn’t about to fold.

During the third inning, they cut Fulton’s lead to 5-3. After a scoreless fourth and fifth innings, ESM tied the game, scoring a run in both the sixth and seventh innings.

The game then went to extra innings. The Red Raiders scored 2 runs during the top of the eighth inning to take a 7-5 lead.

But Fulton wasn’t able to keep ESM off the scoreboard down the stretch. They scored 3 runs during the bottom of the eighth inning to escape with an 8-7 win over the Red Raiders.

Leading the way for Fulton was Charles Alton with 3 hits and an RBI. Following Alton was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Dan Coant, Dillon Guernsey and Kirby LaBeef each had a hit and an RBI.  Cody Green and Jake Seymour chipped in a hit each.

On the mound, Dan Coant threw 3 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off 8 hits in 7 and 1/3 innings pitched. Cameron Clark threw 1 strikeout while allowing 2 runs off 1 hit in 1/3 of an inning of work.

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