It was a quick, efficient meeting for the local Board of Education Tuesday evening, even with important business on the agenda.
Tuesday was the last day of classes for NB students, completing the second Nine Week Grading Period, as well as the First Semester. Today (Wednesday) the teachers will have a work day before enjoying their time off.
Highlights from the meeting included recognizing retiring District Treasurer Eve Baldwin, who was also honored at a reception yesterday. She has served the district for 30 years.
The District took action to hire a replacement for Baldwin, offering an Interim Treasurer contract to Steven Stewart, who will officially begin January 3, 2017 and end July 31, 2017. The Board also approved a beginning contract to Stewart for the next fiscal year, beginning August 1, 2017, at a starting salary of $69,500 for 260 days per year.
The board approved a classified contract to Kelly West as EMIS Coordinator for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. She will replace Mary Casey who was hired at the last meeting, and subsequently resigned before beginning the position.
Both District Principals, Mr. Lange and Dr. Falkenstein heaped praises on the Music Department, under the direction of Mr. Pack and Ms. Meyerson, commending them for several outstanding performances in the last couple of weeks, from all grade levels.
Dr. Falkenstein reported that recent news related to graduation points, as measured by the ODE, has not been accurately reported in the press. “We have no concerns, we are in great shape here” he said.
On March 21, all Juniors will take the ACT test. This will include the Penta students, and those who are in other programs. The students will be taking the “paper version” of the test, although an on-line version is available for the first time.
The board will reorganize for 2017 on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 5:30pm, followed by the regular January meeting at 6:00pm. The meetings will be held at the Middle School/High School building again next year.