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Sullivan West milestones

By Linda Drollinger
April 30, 2014

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The April 22 Sullivan West Central School District board meeting brought to light what everyone involved in the school already knows: spring is about passage, both public and private. Graduation, prom, retirement, tenure, hiring, board elections and budget submission set the stage for transitions that mark chapters in community and personal life.

Student board member Joseph Campanelli’s report was all about the event looming large for him and his fellow seniors. By Campanelli’s count, graduation will happen 36 school days and 63 calendar days from April 22. He added that AP testing, scheduled from May 5 to 15, overshadows the May 9 prom, making that traditional rite of passage event a little less carefree for some.

The board unanimously approved tenure for business education teacher Kayla Peters, who was congratulated by all board members for outstanding work that includes introduction of the financial literacy program.

A retirement request from reading teacher Linda Schaefer was approved by the board; board president Mary K. Scheutzow congratulated Schaefer, noting her lifetime of service to the district, first as a secretary at the Delaware Valley School, then as an aide, and finally as a teacher.

Assistant superintendent for student services, Dr. Joanne Lane, announced that 10 special education students will receive high school diplomas in June; four have earned Regents diplomas and six have earned local diplomas. She praised all 10 graduates, saying that their accomplishments have been the product of dedication and hard work.

The facilities committee report revealed that the high school’s television studio is now complete, and that its new outdoor bleachers will be installed in time for the start of football season.

While delivering the audit and finance committee report, Rachel Brey indicated that the committee had made provision for security funding, whether it be personnel or equipment or a combination of both.

With the school budget vote and board elections set for May 20, board members Scheutzow and Kathleen Meckle will seek re-election for their own seats. Longtime board member Angela Daley, who will complete her current term in June, is not seeking re-election. However, she is mentoring the candidate for her seat, Trevor Peachey. All successful candidates will win three-year terms.

For full meeting minutes and additional information on the May 20 budget vote and school board elections, visit