Huntington School Board Notes
Longtime J. Taylor Finley Middle School social studies teacher William "Rick" Eriksen is retiring at the end of the school year. Huntington School Board members approved the veteran's retirement, effective June 30, during public meeting of trustees last week.
Karen Behrman has resigned as Woodhull Intermediate School's dean of students, effective February 28. She is headed to an administrative position in a Nassau County school district.
Trustees also took the following actions:
• Granted child care related leaves of absence to Renee Garcia (Jefferson School/special education/ March 28 – June 30) and Karen Morea (Woodhull and Washington/art/January 14 – March 31.
• Appointed Elizabeth Troffa the secretary to the superintendent of schools, effective March 12. She will replace current secretary Joan Esposito, who is retiring from the position. Mrs. Troffa is currently the secretary to the assistant superintendent for finance and management services. She will continue serving as the district clerk, as well.
• Authorized Southdown School ESL teacher Nadine Araoz to return from a child care related leave of absence, effective February 1.
• Approved long-term substitute teachers Christina Collins (Jefferson School/special education/January 25 – June 30), Karen Gandley (Flower Hill School/special education/January 25 – June 30), Kristen Henniger (Finley/special education/January 28 – approximately March 23) and Timothy Pillion (elementary classroom/January 28 – approximately March 28).
• Appointed Lorraine Corbly as a special education teacher aide at Flower Hill School, effective January 25.
• Appointed Woodhull School club advisors, including Christine Amodeo (school newspaper), Christine Barresi (student government), Scott Armyn (student government), Paul Esposito (School of Rock), Allison VonVange (drama club director), Pamela Jacovina (drama club assistant director) and Todd Hiscox (art).
• Authorized the hiring of Saturday Academy staff including Nancy Wilson (administrator), Angela Berner (coordinator), Lucy DeChiaro (secretarial support) and up to 40 teachers and 10 aides. The program will run weekly from February 5 to April 30.
• Authorized Kimberly Canino and Matthew Johnson to work as supervisors at athletic events during the 2010/11 school year. They will be paid $31.70 per hour.
• Authorized retired nurses Rita Barry and Marlene McKenna to screen students at kindergarten registration this spring. They will be paid $36.12 per hour.
• Appointed Jacqueline Ambrosio (community club), Denise Grodzicki (Math Counts), Kimberly Valerio (stage crew) and John Hlavaty (yearbook) as Finley faculty club advisors.
• Authorized Huntington High School teachers Aimee Antorino, Gina Colica, Roy Dumar, Helen Guarino, Kenneth Krummenacker, Kelly Kaiser, Victoria Lombardi, John Pagano, Kelly Quintero, Michael Swendendemann, Jennifer Irvolino and Debra Cheskes to work up to four hours at $48.97 per hour scoring January English Regents exams.
• Appointed Megan Scannevin as a new teacher mentor during the 2010/11 school year. She will be paid $375, which is funded through a Title IIA grant.
• Authorized the addition of Brittany Cabrera, Beata Lockwood and Kieran Mock to the substitute teacher list. They will be paid $90 per day when they work.
• Authorized Ann Coleman and Nancy McCarthy to work as substitute clerical workers. They will be paid $10.50 per hour when they work.
• Authorized Brittany Cabrera and Ann Coleman to work as substitute teacher aides. They will be paid $9 per hour when they work.
• Authorized the disposal of a Hewlett Packard FAX machine.
• Authorized employee Kathryn Sequino to receive mileage reimbursement for district related travel.
• Approved a series of budget transfers to cover costs associated with batteries for high school calculators ($375), ELA teacher packets ($1,540), Washington School library supplies ($65.01), special education workbooks ($190), paper for the high school ($10,000), a Hofstra workshop on "Preventing Youth Violence" ($75), Saturday Academy supplies ($10,000) and Scantron forms for midterms and finals for the high school social studies department ($1,000).
• Approved a special education services contract with the South Huntington school district.
• Approved a memorandum of agreement with the district's professional nurses bargaining unit. The agreement covers the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. The MOA included a 2 percent raise for 2009/10 and 1 percent for 2010/11. The minimum nurse salary was $36,189 before the raise for the 2009/10 school year.
• Approved a consultant services contract with Maria V. Vanoni of Stony Brook. She will provide "direct instruction classroom coaching/in-service training" and be paid "$1,200 per day onsite."