Written by Alan Krawitz Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00
The Island Trees BOE approved the extension of insurance coverage to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers at its most recent meeting held at the Stephen Karopczyc School in Levittown.
According to the provisions of the New York State Health Insurance Program or NYSHIP, eligibility would be extended only to active volunteers and the total cost of participation in the program by volunteers and their families would be the responsibility of the volunteer.
Current annual costs for coverage under the program are $7,495.08 for an individual and $16,290.60 for a family.
The motion to extend the coverage was carried with little discussion other than some rather vocal concerns expressed by Island Trees resident Brian Kelty.
Kelty, who has run unsuccessfully for an Island Trees board seat for the last three years, told the board he was concerned that this extension of coverage could become an “administrative burden” to the district by effectively opening-up this coverage to all volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers in New York State.
Asked later about his opposition to the insurance provision, Kelty had no comment.
However, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy put those fears to rest when he spoke with the Tribune later by phone.
“We are in charge of who we elect to offer the coverage to,” Murphy said. “So, there’s no possibility that we would be overwhelmed by paperwork from volunteer firefighters seeking insurance coverage.”
And, indeed the insurance provision from NYS bears this out. It states, under extension of coverage and administrative responsibilities, that “a participating agency is permitted, but not required, to provide coverage to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers serving one or more municipal corporations.”
In other business, the board approved the members for the Island Trees Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee for the 2011-2012 budget year. The members are: Joseph Bentivegna, Michael Dieppa, Kathleen Lynch, Ted Maleska, Peter Ray, Neil Savino and Domenick Stanco.
The board then approved emergency purchase orders in the amount of $2,737.50 to Park Line Asphalt Maintenance, 1877 Montauk Highway, Brookhaven, NY, for the emergency prep cleaning of parking lot drains and disposal at the high school and memorial middle school.
Also approved was a bid for a new baseball scoreboard to Young Equipment Sales, Inc., in the amount of $25,000. Nassau County has agreed to reimburse the cost of the scoreboard in an amount not to exceed $28,062.
A contract with Nassau BOCES was given the green light in the amount of $155,688 to provide transportation services for 13 Island Trees special education students for the 2010-2011 school year.
Connie Ecker, senior personnel clerk was honored for her service to the district, as she has retired after working 18 years. The Island Trees Board of Education recognized her exemplary service to the school district and wished her well on her transition to Arizona.
Finally, board member Christine Holt ended her tenure with Island Trees, as her resignation was accepted, effective with the conclusion of the November 17, 2010 meeting. This was Holt’s last meeting. The Board thanked her for the time and effort put forth for over the last four years. The appointment of George Storm, replacing Holt’s spot on the board, was accepted.
The next regular public Island Trees Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the Stephen E. Karopczyc School Board Conference Room at 74 Farmedge Road in Levittown. The public meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. All past and future meeting dates can be found on the district’s website, including meeting agendas and copies of each meeting’s minutes. For additional information contact the Island Trees Public Schools Administrative Office at (516) 520-2100.