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A Summary of the 12/08/09 Rye City School District Board of Education Meeting
At the beginning of every meeting, the superintendent of schools, Dr. Shine, provides a report to the Board and Community. At this meeting Dr. Shine shared information and achievements in the following areas of student life: the 9 trees planted on the high school/middle school campus to replace trees that were lost in the past few years; the high school awards ceremony; the middle school Students of the First Quarter, 7th grade social and the 5.5+ tons of food collected for local food pantries; Milton "Little Chefs' Day", Thanksgiving concert and Math-a-thon fundraiser results; Midland's outdoor Thanksgiving feast; Milton's 5th grade science unit on weather; and Osborn's 5th grade ballroom dance exhibition.
Gifts to the District
The Board expressed appreciation for and accepted gifts from the Rye High School PTO for the purchase and installation of 10 Smart Boards and the Osborn PTO for the purchase and installation of 7 Smart Boards.
Head Custodian Appointment
The Board approved the appointment of Bill Salisbury as head custodian of the Milton School. This is a promotion for Mr. Salisbury, who has worked in the district for a total of 18 years. He is replacing Lou Roccuzzo, who is retiring at the end of the day, Jan. 1, 2010.
Kindergarten Cut-Off Date
The Board discussed the recommendation from the Policy Committee that the cut-off date for Kindergarten entry be changed from December 31 to December 1. A majority of the Board indicated an interest in an action item at the next Board meeting to change the date, most likely effective September 2013 or 2014.
Internal Auditor Report
Accume Partners, LLP, presented the results of its recent audits. These audits are not conducted because there are concerns. Internal audits are required by law and a risk assessment must be updated and accepted by the Board, annually. The internal audit for revenue and cash, along with the corrective action plan, was presented and approved by the Board. In addition, the Audit Committee's recommendation for the 2009-10 internal audit of student services was approved by the Board, along with a matrix to track recommendations and action.