Rye City School District Board of Education Meeting Notes – 03/09/2010
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Board of Education meetings can now be viewed via streaming video 2-3 days after each board meeting. Board of Education meetings are also on Cablevision channel 77 and Verizon Fios channel 40. See the meeting programming schedule.
A Summary of the 3/9/10 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: Rye Boys' Ice Hockey Team divisional playoff results.
He then focused on academic programs that are at the heart of our mission: AP Economics, the most popular AP course at the high school; Mrs. Gaillard's 8th grade Earth Science class; elementary literacy centers such as the one in Ms. Hurta's 2nd grade Osborn classroom; 6th grade French class, where Mme. Kent uses the same "Total Physical Environment" techniques the students use in the elementary Spanish FLES classes; the arts, as exemplified by the Milton 5th grade Monet Luncheon, Midland teacher Brett Reilly's unit on 3-D objects and the Parsons Street Players' hit show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
2010-2011 School Calendar
The complete Board-approved School Calendar for next year is now on the school web site.
Superintendent's Recommended Budget
Business official Kathleen Ryan reported on Tax Certioraris and Capital Projects.
Dr. Shine and Mrs. Ryan presented revisions to the Superintendent's Recommended Budget for 2010-2011.
This was the second public discussion of next year's school budget. Future meetings on the budget are planned:
March 23 – Open Topics Forum with the Board re the Budget
April 13 – Budget Adoption
May 4 - Budget Hearing
May 18 - Budget Vote and Board of Education election.
All presentations and data are posted on the District web site in the Budget and Board Elections section.
Board of Education Trustee Elections
The terms of two trustees will expire on June 30. Bob Zahm announced last evening that he will not run for re-election. Kendall Egan announced last evening that she will be running for re-election this year.
Community members who are interested in a Trustee position can contact District Clerk Elaine Cuglietto for information and the necessary forms.
Internet/Phone Savings Proposal Approved
The Board approved an agreement with Optimum Lightpath for Internet and telephone connectivity that will save the District approximately $30,000 annually. This change has the added benefit of expanding Internet bandwidth within the schools.
Next Meeting is March 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm in the Rye Middle School Multipurpose Room.