School board approves annual appointments

New superintendent presides over first meeting at head of Cazenovia district

— The Cazenovia Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting last week, during which it made its yearly appointments and authorizations for the upcoming school year. New district Superintendent Matt Reilly, who officially took over as head of the district on July 1, presided over the meeting and said he has had an excellent and welcoming beginning to his new position.

“It’s been a great first week,” Reilly said. “I’m getting settled in … and learning as much as possible. We’re off to a great start; I’m really excited.”

The July 10 meeting was a relatively short affair, made up mainly of organizational appointments.

Patrick Vogl, last year’s board president, was unanimously reelected, as was last year’s board vice president, Cindy Bell Tobey.

The BOE member appointments to the board’s various committees — finance, personnel and facilities — remained the same as last year, with the exception of Leigh Baldwin leaving the finance committee and Jan Woodworth taking his seat. The board, with the encouragement of Reilly, also created a new policy committee and appointed Baldwin, Karin Marris and Kathy Hahn as its members.

Baldwin suggested the creation of a new athletic committee as well, saying that the board in recent years has spent an inordinate amount of time discussing athletic issues during its general meetings, and a specific committee would help streamline such conversations. After a brief discussion, it was agreed by the board that athletic discussions would fit under the new policy committee’s purview.

Reilly stated, to a general board agreement, that he prefers people with concerns to follow the chain of command — in an athletic case, from coach, to athletic director to administration to school board — and an athletic committee would likely cause parents to avoid such a chain and “jump straight to board members.” He said that if specific athletic issues warranted deeper discussion, he was in favor of creating a special working group to address it, as the board did last year for the issue of Selection Classification.

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