Written by Christopher Nesterczuk, Manhasset@antonnews.com Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:54
The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting in the Manhasset secondary school board room on July 11. Regina Rule, after three years on the Board, was elected President. Carlo Prinzo, formerly president, was elected vice-president. Rule served as vice-president leading up to this election.
Board appointments included Charles Cardillo, superintendent, Carol Catanzaro, district clerk, Brian Lonegan, district treasurer, and Rosemary Johnson, deputy treasurer.
In a warm and grateful standing ovation, the Board bid farewell to Carol Catanzaro, who after 16 years as clerk is retiring on July 30. Catanzaro will be replaced by Christine Michelen.
The administration raised the issue of the school cafeteria program, specifically, the district’s withdrawal from the national school lunch program, stemming from the district’s difficulty in complying with nutritional laws. Manhasset’s middle school and high school are served by the same cafeteria, but federally mandated nutritional requirements are different for the two age groups.
“We can not and will never be able to comply with the requirements at the secondary school,” exclaimed Rosemary Johnson, deputy treasurer of the Manhasset Schools. The district will, however, maintain the lunch program at the elementary level. “With the relaxation of the guidelines, the district will be able to reconstruct our elementary program as it was prior to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act,” Johnson said.
There are financial consequences to withdrawing from the secondary school lunch program. Thus, the administration proposed increasing prices: meal costs will increase from $2.75 to $3.00 at the elementary school and from $3.25 to $3.50 at the secondary school. A la carte pricing will also increase. The Board approved the proposals.
The Board, knowing that it faces many difficult issues in the coming year, acknowledged that it will be looking for feedback from the community.
“I look forward to continuing to work with all my fellow board members, our incredible superintendent, our fine staff, our wonderful students and our entire community as we roll up our sleeves, as we always do, to tackle and overcome the challenges,” newly elected President Regina Rule said as the meeting concluded.