North Syracuse BOE acknowledges generous gifts

During the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education meeting on Monday Jan. 3, the board created a new position in the Maintenance and Operations department, acknowledged generous gifts from two local residents, and listened to presentations by district employees.

During the meeting, the board voted to abolish a maintenance worker position after the employee retired, effective Dec. 31, 2010. With this motion, the board also proposed that a Grounds Crew Leader position be reestablished, as there are currently only two supervisors in the Maintenance and Operations department. The district will rehire Jim Popielarczyk, who was laid off from the Grounds Crew Leader position due to budget cuts in July, for the 10-month position from Sept. to June.

The board approved a new lease agreement for the use of a copier at the Print Shop, operated by OCM BOCES employees. This lease provides the district with eligibility for BOCES aid, during which the district pays only 78 percent of the cost to use the copier. Before BOCES aid, the cost of use would be $63, 744 during a five year period. With the aid, the district will pay only $14,151.17 over five years.

The board also listened to a presentation by Christopher Neslon on updates to the District Technology Plan, which was adopted in June 2010, and a sababatical report presentation by Theresa Brousseau. A teacher for the visually impaired, Brousseau provided the board with a PowerPoint presentation on her findings during her sabbatical leave, and the newfound knowledge she plans on implementing in the district

Two local residents were also acknowledged during the meeting for their generous gifts to the North Syracuse Central School District. Catherine Cifaratta- Brayton donated several holiday decorations-estimated value $2,500-to the North Syracuse Early Education Program at Main Street School. Dr. Ronald Caravan, a retired woodwind professor at Syracuse University, donated sheet music to the North Syracuse Central School District. The music's estimated value is $10, 258.25.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Administrative Offices, 5755 W. Taft Road.

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