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Sherman Central School running ‘more efficient operation’

January 25, 2017
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Members of the Sherman Central School Board of Education met new faculty and staff members at their January 18 meeting and were told by Superintendent Michael Ginestre: "We're running a better, more efficient operation."

Ginestre introduced new social studies teacher Scott Costantini who was chosen out of five final candidates for the position. Costantini excelled in all of the interviews, he said.

Ginestre also told board members that the new main-office secretary, Luke Waygood, had acclimated fast to his position. "It's like he always worked here," Ginestre said.

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Pictured is Sherman’s new social studies teacher Scott Costantini who was chosen out of five final candidates for the position.

Ginestre thanked Sherman Secretary Tracy Smith for training Waygood in the use of the office system and asked the board to approve Waygood as extra-curricular treasurer. "He has been fantastic," Ginestre said. "He's taken on more and more each day."

Ginestre also told the board that they have identified a bus driver, Bridget Chase, to take over David Maleski's runs as he transitions to head bus driver. Ginestre also noted that Maleski's training is going well and he is ready to move into his new position.

In other matters, Ginestre informed the board that teachers now have to register with the Teach NY website on the month of their birth. New regulations require holders of permanent teaching certificates to complete and show proof of 100 hours of professional development every five years.

Ginestre noted that prior to the 2016-17 school year, professional certificate holders had to submit proof of completion of 175 professional development hours every five years. The number of required hours was reduced because the state department of education has severely narrowed what type of activities can be listed as "professional development," he said.

School Principal Bryna Booth and Ginestre told board members that Sherman Central School has been approved as a CTLE provider by New York State. This means that teachers can receive valid professional development hours from the training they receive in the district, they said.

Booth also told board members that teachers have begun using Kyte Learning for professional development. She reported that two teachers have completed their course requirements and one has implemented a new technology in the classroom.

Booth also noted that Mrs. Zarpentine has officially started her work in the parent liaison position. Booth and Ginestre said Zarpentine is working out very well and her efforts are "paying big dividends already."

Ginestre told board members that congratulations are in order for girls' basketball coach Mel Swanson who has led the teams to 600 wins in his career. Ginestre also congratulated boys' basketball coach Cory Emory who is one win shy of 300 in his coaching career.

District Treasurer Kim Oehlbeck began presenting the proposed budget to members of the board of education. She reviewed transportation, maintenance, board of education, district office, central administration, and business administration budgets.

Ginestre also reported that a $76,355 bid for masonry work had been awarded to Morris Masonry Restorations. The work is part of the Capital Outlay program in which school districts are reimbursed by the state for small capital improvements each year.

Oehlbeck also reviewed the corrective action plan for the New York State audit, which the board needed to approve. Oehlbeck said there were four areas which required attention: developing written policies and procedures, developing a job description for the budgeting process, having the claims auditor compare invoices against quotes, and making sure everything is properly documented for credit card charges.

Ginestre noted that these four areas were easily addressed. "We're really pleased with the outcome of what the auditors came up with," he said. The board subsequently approved the corrective action plan.



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