Usually any oath of office begins with the following: “Repeat after me: I, [insert name],” Ernest Gentile said during the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education’s reorganizational meeting on July 2 at the , Joseph Bongiorno standing across from him, right hand raised.
“I, insert name,” Bongiorno said, not missing a beat.
With the mostly empty combo cafeteria-auditorium successfully broken up with a dose of levity in an otherwise dry heat wave, Gentile continued with swearing in Bongiorno to another term as vice-president of the board, having taken his own oath as president a few moments before, though without the comic relief.
Also installed were trustees Frank Miranda and David Del Santo to new three-year terms. Miranda was while Del Santo ran unopposed. Patricia Olive and Lori Carrick were also sworn in as the district clerk and treasurer, respectively. Superintendent Robert Katulak was also sworn in with the oath given to superintendents.
The following Board members will serve on the committees listed:
- Buildings and grounds - Ernest Gentile, Patricia Rudd
- Personnel - Joseph Bongiorno, Joan Romagnoli
- Publicity - Supt. Robert Katulak
- Legislation - Patricia Rudd, Joseph Bongiorno
- Library Liaison - Joan Romagnoli
- High School liaisons - David Del Santo, Joan Romagnoli
- Special Education Liaisons - Joseph Bongiorno, Ernest Gentile
- Health, Safety & Security Liaisons - David Del Santo, Ernest Gentile, Joan Romagnoli, Frank Miranda
- Professional Development Plan Liaisons - Joseph Bongiorno, Joan Romagnoli
- Technology Advisory Committee - Ernest Gentile, Frank Miranda
- APPR Review - Dr. Alan Cooper, Joseph Bongiorno, Joan Romagnoli
- Audit Committee - Ernest Gentile, Dr. Alan Cooper, Frank Miranda, Joan Romagnoli, Robert Nugent and Robert Rossi.
A motion was made to change the district’s official deposit bank from The State Bank of Long Island as it is now known as The Valley National Bank Corp. “banks have been merging like textbook companies all over the place,” Superintendent Katulak commented.
The District’s hot food program will continue to be run by Preferred Meals for the 2012-13 school year. The company specializes in schools that do not have a lunch program by providing all equipment for the program - convection ovens, freezers, refrigerators, and the meals themselves - and was designed to be self-sustaining.