All were present at the second board of education meeting of the school year. After unanimous acceptance of the proposed agenda, school board president Laura Mogul presented her opening statement. She announced several new initiations by Superintendent Gordon including the awarding of excellence certificates to staff and students. The first of which was awarded to sophomore Hillary Wool. She also recognizes the hard work of the teachers and especially interim Superintendent Mary Callahan whom she presented with a gift from the board.
The superintendent's report began with the announcement of a partnership between the district and Port Washington Police Department. Dr. Gordon expressed his concern with the current news about child abductions and stated that there will soon be a joint letter sent to children's homes regarding the partnership. He also expressed his support for the certificates of excellence that will recognize the positive things in this community and recognize the hard work of teachers and students. Speaking of recognition, Dr. Gordon reminded the community of Governor Pataki's proclamation that the week of October 28 was school board appreciation week and the community should acknowledge the board's hard work. Lastly, he also expressed support for open-school nights.
Robin Schroeder, a parent of a seventh grade student, made the first community comment. She asked when the proposed seventh grade math program would begin, yet the board responded that she should ask the school principal rather than the board, who did not have control over that subject. Another member of the community was concerned with the amount of taxes that need to be raised and how the school district will coordinate the budget. The board stated that this issue will be answered at another time.
After the approval of the minutes of past meetings, there was a presentation of the audit report by Miller Lilly and Pearce. According to the auditors, the district is basically doing everything it's supposed to be doing and is doing an outstanding job financing itself. Among the representative's very few comments, he stated that the district must terminate inactive clubs that take money away from the "Extra-classroom Activity Funds." A lot of money flows through this fund and it should be transferred to new clubs or those that might need the extra money.
Next, each of the committee chairs presented their action items. Board member Robert Seiden, head of the Budget and Fiscal Committee, presented four different items for approval including the acceptance of the treasurer's report, the acceptance of the aforementioned audit report, the acceptance of two calculators as a gift and the approval of the resolution to adopt the change in state law affecting senior citizen exemption. After being seconded by board member Nancy Cowles, Seiden's items were unanimously approved.
Next, board member Julie Meyer presented two items from the Construction Committee. Both were lease agreements of two spaces for administrative personnel and for buildings and grounds offices. Cowles made a motion to amend the first item on Meyer's proposals by adding 20 parking spaces to the property. After being seconded by Seiden, her motion to amend was approved unanimously, and the item as amended was approved 6-1, with board member Peter Wezenaar voting against it. The second item was approved 5-1-1, with Wezenaar voting against it and Meyer abstaining due to an affiliation with someone involved in the project. The rest of the action items, composing of three items from board member Ferro's Curriculum Committee and 13 items from board member Mark Marcellus' Personnel Action Committee, were approved unanimously.
Visitors' comments were limited to a single member of the community who petitioned that the board prepare in advance to accommodate the increasing number of athletes in Weber and requested that more information about special events be available on the district's website.