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Skaneateles BOE grants tenures, prepares for capital project vote

Teachers Maureen Von Van Vechten and Justin Suhr were recognized by the Board of Education for being granted tenure with the school district.

Teachers Maureen Von Van Vechten and Justin Suhr were recognized by the Board of Education for being granted tenure with the school district. Joe Genco

Prior to the results of the budget and board election results being confirmed, the Skaneateles Board of Education held a regular meeting at the library in Waterman Elementary School on May 21.

The board voted to grant tenure to five staff members. Jacquelyn Corbett, teacher’s assistant, Julie Spinelli, social studies, Justin Suhr, foreign language, Maureen Van Vechten, music, and Marcy Weed, school social worker, were all granted tenure.

Suhr and Van Vechten were both present and were given roses by the board.

In other business:

--The board recognized Michael Card who was stepping down from the board after the meeting. Card, who had served 18-years on the board, was filling in for one year and will now give up his seat for newly elected member Geralyn Huba to take.

“When we live in a small village, there’s givers and there’s takers and Mike has definitely been a giver,” board President Evan Dreyfuss said.

--The board is preparing for a second public vote this year, to be held June 11. The ballot will have two referendums, one for approval of a $22.7 million capital building project and one for $77,810 to purchase new computer equipment. Both items would be paid for by bonds that then would be paid back through state aid and debt service in the regular operating budget.

To educate the public on the project, Interim Superintendent Judy Pastel and members of the board will be holding public information sessions on Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m. at the district office, Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. at the district office and Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library.

Board members will also be giving guided tours of the middle school and high school to highlight areas that need to be fixed or renovated. The tours will be given from 10 a.m. to noon on June 1 and noon to 2 p.m. on June 8 and will start in the high school main office.

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