LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At the February 20 Sullivan West District Board of Education meeting, the president of the board, Rose Joyce-Turner, let everyone know that if anyone wanted to address the …
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At the February 20 Sullivan West District Board of Education meeting, the president of the board, Rose Joyce-Turner, let everyone know that if anyone wanted to address the board regarding anything on the agenda, they were permitted to do so, but within limits.
“You address your comments to me, the board president… try to keep [comments] under three minutes,” Joyce-Turner said, adding that the board would not respond to people’s comments. “We will certainly listen to you, but we don’t engage in the back-and-forth comments.”
As the board moved on to personnel matters, Joyce-Turner said to the board members, “There are 14 items; do we have consent for one through 14?” The motion was approved and carried. No direct mention was made of any staff who were appointed, resigned, or terminated, which was a change from previous practice. The information about personnel matters, however, does appear on the school’s website.
One notable change was the termination of Ronald Bauer from his position as head coach for the varsity track teams for the 2019-20 school year. The termination was effective February 20.
Bauer, a long -time social studies teacher and former coach of track and football at the now-merged Delaware Valley School District in Callicoon, and for several years Sullivan West, was in attendance at the board meeting. However, no comment was made about the termination.
The board also accepted the resignation of Donald Henke, a high school English teacher, effective Tuesday, June 30. He had previously been recommended for a leave of absence.
The board approved the appointment of long-term substitute Robin Nervegna, who was previously approved as a substitute at the elementary school. Nervegna was appointed as a long-term, part-time substitute art teacher, effective through Friday, June 26. There has not been a permanent art teacher for several months. On the agenda, it was written that Nervegna shall be compensated at a prorated annualized salary of $47,116, with compensation for a master’s degree and additional credits.
When the board heard the facility and maintenance report, vice president of the board Lucas Arzilli said, “There was concrete work done at the elementary school but it wasn’t done to our satisfaction nor to our architect’s satisfaction. We told them we were not going to accept any of this work.” Arzilli said the bonding agent that guarantees the work came to the elementary school to look at the site and it agreed that all the work should be replaced to the school’s satisfaction. Arzilli let the board know that this will take a while, but the process to get the concrete work fixed is moving forward.