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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

--The board approved the hiring of Brian Cohen to be the district’s new K through 12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator. Cohen was appointed to a three-year probationary period starting Sept. 1. He will replace Margie Culkoswki, who put in her resignation to retire at the end of this school year.

Cohen currently works for the Fayetteville-Manlius school district where he works on the math curriculum and works with teachers. He has also worked as an adjunct math professor at Syracuse University, Pastel said.

--The board moved to approve a waiver with New York State to extend the contract of Pastel. The waiver will officially extend Pastel’s employment with the district through January 31, 2014, though they will be free to keep her on after that date, per state rules.

Pastel was originally hired for just the 2012-13 school year to help run the district and aide the board in the hiring of a new superintendent. However, the board announced that she had agreed to stay for another year, following their decision to postpone the search for a new superintendent.

--Board Vice President Kathryn Carlson said that Athletic Director Stacey Tice has been talking to coaches and parents about the possibility of reducing the football program to two teams.

The new system would remove the junior varsity team and put students in grades seven through nine on the modified team and 10 through 12 on the varsity team. This system will likely be necessary because the district will have fewer players in coming years as a result of having fewer students, Carlson said.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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