Robert Bentley and Nancy J. Rowe were unanimously re-elected as president and vice president, respectively, and were the only ones nominated for those positions. Rowe was also appointed Legislative Liaison for the board, Fred Krause was appointed as BOCES Liaison and Melinda Gervasio was appointed Chautauqua County School Boards Liaison.
During the regular meeting, Krause reported to the board that the school’s antenna has successfully been relocated to the water plant and it is functioning. The lines were run by Fairpoint and Krause made the brackets.
“The bottom line is we had to put up a few hundred dollars to get things organized, but we saved $6,000 a year in cost of rental,” Superintendent Karen Krause said. “It was quite a lot of work.”
Krause also thanked the Town of Ripley for allowing the school to relocate the antenna to the water plant, rent free.
School Principal Lauren Ormsby gave the board a report on the high school’s Regent’s exams report. According to Ormbsy, the district saw similar results to previous years before block scheduling was put in place. In 2009-2010, the district’s pass rate was 81 percent, and in 2010-2011, the rate was 87 percent.
However, because New York State is no longer offering Regent’s exams in January, class periods will be the same length of time, but instead of half-year semesters, classes will be full-year, every other day.
This year, the district allowed its eighth graders to take the integrated algebra Regent’s exam because their teacher felt they were ready and out of the 18 students who took the test, nine passed and will be granted one year of high school math credit and advance to the next level of math. Their results were not included in the 2010-2011 pass rate results.
Krause also gave an ASSET update, saying the group has been waiting to see what is going to happen to Senator Catharine Young’s bill, which at the time of the school board meeting had passed the State Senate, but was held up in the Assembly.
When asked if Krause thought the resignation of Westfield Academy and Central School’s Superintendent Mark Sissel would affect talks regarding school consolidation, she said she did not.
In other business:
• payment to the Ripley Free Library in the amount of $3,000 was approved
• an “Employees Retirement System Reserve Fund” was established
• the following amounts were transferred: $200,000 from the unappropriated fund balance to the unemployment reserve fund; $100,000 from the unappropriated fund balance to the tax certiorari reserve fund; $200,000 from the unappropriated fund balance to the workers compensation reserve fund; and $200,000 from the unappropriated fund balance to the employees retirement system reserve fund.
• one teacher aide position was abolished due to declining enrollment with Joan Henry determined to be the least senior employee
• Laura Farnham’s extended leave of absence through Aug. 14 was approved
• Jeanne Hartman was appointed to the position of teaching assistant for the summer at a rate of $11.25 per hour for five hours a day, for up to 24 days
• Alex Reyda was appointed to the position of driver education teacher for the summer for 96 hours
• Michelle Flick was appointed to the position of summer remediation teacher for the English 11 Regents exam
• Lisa Stonefoot was appointed to the position of summer remediation teacher for the integrated algebra Regents exam
• Rhonda Thompson was appointed to the position of summer remediation teacher for the U.S. history Regents exam
• Joyce Walzer was appointed to the position of summer remediation teacher for the global history Regents exam
• Melodi Utegg’s hourly rate was amended to her regular rate for the summer
• Nancy Napper was appointed to the position of Regents exam scoring only for the integrated algebra exam at a rate of $11.12 per hour for up to a total of 20 hours
• as part of the organizational meeting, Community Bank of Ripley, Key Bank of Westfield, HSBC of Westfield, J.P. Morgan Chase in Buffalo and Bank of America in Buffalo were designated as depositories for all district funds
• as part of the organizational meeting, the OBSERVER was designated as the official school newspaper
• as part of the organizational meeting, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. will once again be the independent auditor for the district
• as part of the organizational meeting, the mileage reimbursement rate was set at $0.555 per mile for the school year
• the following annual appointments were made as part of the organizational meeting: clerk of the board, Marie McCutcheon; treasurer, McCutcheon; district tax collector, Karen Smith; district tax collector pro-tem, McCutcheon; district clerk pro-tem, Victoria Mosier-Carris; school physicians, Gary Eggleston, MD and Grant Stevenson, MD; attorneys for the board, David Farmelo and the Law Firm of Hodgson Russ, LLP; treasurer extra class accounts, Bahgat and Laurito Bahgat; census enumerator, Gloria Mulson; director of physical education, left blank; audit controller extra class accounts, Bahgat and Laurito Bahgat; attendance officer, Lauren Ormsby; internal claims auditor, Patricia Strine; educational records access officer, Strine; public records access officer, McCutcheon; personnel records retention and disposition officer, McCutcheon; purchasing agent; Karen Krause; copyright officer, Judy Dorman; sexual harassment complaint officer, Ormsby; human rights officer, Ormsby; exposure control officer, Sarah Fisher; asbestos management officer, Rusty Fisher; emergency management coordinator, Rusty Fisher; fire and building code officer, Rusty Fisher; hazardous waste storage and sisposal officer, Rusty Fisher; chemical hygiene and lab safety officer, Alex Reyda; transportation safety officer, Linda Yukonn; district safety coordinator, Rusty Fisher; designated educational official, Ormsby; Kinney-Vento homeless liaison, Pam Gross
• the following people were appointed to the Committee for Special Education as part of the organizational meeting: Karen Krause, director of Special Education; Angela Patti, C.S.E chairperson; Lauren Ormsby, C.S.E chairperson pro-tem; Anne O’Leary and Carla Wienke, school psychologist; Gregg Beardsley, guidance counselor; Joan Fletcher, Nichole Gollhardt, Kim Henry, Karen Hubbard, Clifford Hubbard, parent members; Susan Hinman, Loretta Miller, Denine Noonan, Matthew Bendig, Special Education teachers
• the following people were appointed to the Committee for Pre-School Special Education as part of the organizational meeting: Karen Krause, director of Special Education; Angela Patti, C.S.E chairperson; Lauren Ormsby, C.S.E chairperson pro-tem; Kim Henry, parent member; Jennifer Johnson, Chautauqua County Department of Health representative; evaluator selected by the parents varies.
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Ripley Central School Board of Education members Frederick Krause, Nancy Rowe, Robert Bentley and Ted Rickenbrode attend to annual business recently at the board’s organizational meeting.