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Sewanhaka Board of Education Notebook: December 17

Other news from the December 17 board of education meeting.

The Sewanhaka Board of Education held a meeting on Monday, December 17. Here are some of the things you may have missed.

Douglas Libby Retirement

  • December 17 marked the last board of eduction meeting with attorney Douglas Libby in attendance in capacity as legal counsel for the district as he is retiring after more than three decades of work in Sewanhaka.
  • “In 32 and some years, this has to be the first time there are no agendas submitted by the legal department,” superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “Certainly I do want to publicly again thank Mr. Libby, he’s one of the first people I met... when I came. He was a gentleman and he always had the district in his best interests and he works with high ethics and we certainly wish him the best as he moves on. You’ll be sorely missed, but we know where to find you.”
  • “It’s been a pleasure working with you and the board all these years – you and I have been here the longest, I guess, you and I have been here 17 years – and I wish you all the best and you were one of the first people I met too when I first came here,” board of education president Jean Fichtl said.

Purchases

  • The board authorized the purchase of a computer for the Sewanhaka High School music department at $1,249.
  • A further $4,832 was authorized for wireless connectivity for classrooms across the district.
  • There was a purchase of $1,600 from the student activity fund for a DJ at the New Hyde Park Memorial senior prom to be held on June 30, 2013 and $3,683 for 320 t-shirts for senior week at New Hyde Park Memorial.
  • A total of $4,000 worth of books was also purchased for the Scholastic Book Fair to be held on December 18-20 at Sewanhaka High School.

Transportation Contracts

  • A contract with WE Transport for transportation of students to and from school and for field trips and athletic charters was extended for a 3 year period beginning July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016 at an increase of consumer price index for May of each preceding fiscal year, not to exceed a 2 percent increase in 2013-14 and not to exceed a 3 percent increase in 2014-15, in no event for unit pricing to be less than the previous year’s pricing. The contract originally covered the period of July 1, 2003-June 30, 2006 and was extended through June 30, 2013.
  • A contract with WE Transport for parking and storing school busses was extended for a 3 year period beginning July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016 at an increase of consumer price index for May of each preceding fiscal year, not to exceed a 2 percent increase in 2013-14 and not to exceed a 3 percent increase in 2014-15, in no event for unit pricing to be less than the previous year’s pricing. The contract originally covered the period of July 1, 2003-June 30, 2006 and was extended through June 30, 2013.
  • A 30-day emergency contract was approved with First Student to transport one student to Sewanhaka High School via a lift vehicle at a cost of $766 per month with a matron at a cost of $599 per month, effective Dec. 10, 2012 to Jan. 9, 2013 at an estimated total cost of $1,365.

Other Board News

  • Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi will be honored by the Nassau BOCES with their 2013 Partnership in Education Award, which will be bestowed on March 21, 2013. “It’s well deserved,” Dr. Ferrie said. “John works tirelessly in Elmont. It’s a well deserved award.”
  • Retired fire marshal Timothy Green reported that each of the buildings in the district had passed the annual fire inspections and visual inspections, saying it “went quite well” and he “really didn’t have anything major to report to the state.”
  • Dr. Ferrie thanked the members of the PTA and PTSA for the annual PTA holiday dinner which raised scholarship money for students.
  • The USDA has reportedly eased its regulations for its food portion sizes in school cafeterias.
  • Parent-teacher conferences have been rescheduled for Thursday, January 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The next meeting of the Sewanhaka Board of Education will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 8 p.m. at Sewanhaka High School. The first 2013-14 budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 12.

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