Tough budget detailing, staff layoffs put on the books
Like all other neighboring school districts, the North Syracuse Central School District experienced one of its toughest years yet. District Superintendent Dr. Jerome F. Melvin said, "next year could be worse."
On April 26 and 27, Melvin said the approximately 65 people were notified that they would be losing their jobs because of the budget constraints.
"It's very important that we keep moving forward," Melvin said after the layoffs were initiated.
Some positive notes made during the North Syracuse Board of Education meeting held at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Administrative Offices, included news about some hardworking kids studying engineering.
Members of the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Engineering Club were recognized for the Performance Engineering Team's recent win in the Shell Eco-Marathon Hydrogen Fuel Cell Class competition held March 28 in Houston, Texas.
C-NS High School technology education teacher Martin Miner and the following students were honored at the board meeting: Michele "Mike" Madonna, Tyler Mannise, Kevin Thyne, Joe Scheuer, Alex Julian, Michael Ann Baker and Nick Pietricola.
The trip to Houston was made possible by the donation of services and materials by Reynolds Tech. Such supplies made the team able to build the car.
The team was ranked third out of 42 colleges, universities and high schools from across the country, Canada and Mexico.
The C-NS vehicle, known as the Clean Green Machine, averaged 1,837 miles per gallon. The students' first place drive earned the school a prize of $2,500. The team also won the first ever award for Environmental Excellence from the Central New York Chapter of the Mid Atlantic States Section of the Air and Waste Management Association.
The board viewed a PowerPoint presentation from the district's director of professional development, Nikki Slater, who explained the use of curriculum mapping as a performance tool.