Huntington School Board Notes
Huntington School Board members have granted leaves of absence to elementary grade level classroom teachers Angela Berner and Ronald Wilson for the 2012/13 school year. Ms. Berner will instead serve as the district's elementary English Language Arts coordinator and Mr. Wilson will work as a dean at Huntington High School. Trustees took the action during their June 4 meeting.
Tenure was approved for teachers Gene Acevedo, Rebecca Arlin, Katherine Canales, Miriam Engle, Melissa Jasinski and Veronica Mainville and Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Card.
Stephen Henry (physical education and athletics) and Georgia McCarthy (driver education) were appointed to part-time coordinator positions. Kenneth Card was authorized to serve at the director of the district's adult and continuing education program. Woodhull School teachers Keith Meyers and Allison VonVange were appointed as coordinators of the annual sixth grade trip to Camp Greenkill.
Trustees also took the following actions:
• Approved RFP responses for nursing services for 2012/13 from three vendors: Home Care Therapies d/b/a Horizon Healthcare, Christian Nursing Agency and Bayada Home Health Care, Inc. at various rates for a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and certified nurse's aide.
• Adopted a resolution certifying the May 15 budget and capital reserve propositions and Board of Education election results.
• Appointed Nancy Burke-Allard as the district's part-time K-6 data coordinator.
• Appointed Margaret Creighton as the district's deputy treasurer for 2012/13.
• Appointed Joanne Gurrieri (Finley), Eileen DeAngelis (high school) and Christopher Hender (Woodhull) as central treasurers for 2012/13.
• Appointed Marta Smith as a district translator for 2012/13.
• Appointed Brian Hansen as School Heritage Museum curator for 2012/13.
• Authorized a contract to be executed with Center for Creative Development, Ltd. To install one booth from the "Just Like Me" drug prevention audio-visual exhibit at Huntington High School "to allow administrators, faculty, students and parents to experience and evaluate the booth for effectiveness."
• Awarded a bid for administrative and instructional computer repair during the 2012/13 school year to NPA Computers in the amount of $54,195.
• Appointed Carmen Kasper as program director of the ELL/Summer Saturday Academy. Her stipend of $1,960 is funded through a Title III grant.
• Authorized attendance teacher Noreen Hernandez to work up to 30 summer days in the district's student registration office.
• Authorized up to five days each summer work in the area of curriculum writing and training for Joseph Leavy (chairperson of humanities, 7-12) and Rae Montesano (chairperson of science and instructional technology, 7-12).
• Authorized a contract to be executed with ASCENT – A School for Individuals with Autism, in the amount of $48,753 for educational services in the 2012/13 school year and $8,126 for the summer months.
• Approved participation in a translation services bid obtained by Western Suffolk BOCES for its 18 component districts. The vendors include All Global Solutions International, Inc., CTS Language Link, Language Line Services, Inc., Trans Perfect Translations and The Russian & Slavic Language Services, Inc. d/b/a the Trust for Language Services. "There are instances in the area of special education and ESL where we may wish to avail ourselves of this type of service," Assistant Superintendent David H. Grackin said.
• Authorized placement on the district's surplus bid list of the following items: Two Sharp TVs, Sharp VCR, Eiki overhead projector, Panasonic TV, two RCA VCRs, Zenith TV, Panasonic VCR, two Pioneer laser disc players and an Epson scanner/printer.
• Authorized a budget transfer in the amount of $8,000 to cover the cost of student internship program stipends for faculty advisors Bernadette Walsh and Camille DeCanio.
• Authorized a budget transfer in the amount of $10,000 to cover the costs of Saturday Academy books that needed to be purchased.
• Approved Twin County Driving School, Inc. to provide in-car instruction in the district's driver education program.
• Awarded bids for lumber supplies to Burt Building Materials, Nassau-Suffolk Lumber, Riverhead Building Supply and East Islip Lumber.
• Awarded a bid for integrated pest management to Bug Fighters, Inc. The service will cost $9,360.
• Approved a waiver of the facility use fees imposed by BOE policy No. 3270 for the Huntington Arts Council sponsored summer arts enrichment program that will run from June 25 through July 20 at Huntington High School.
• Authorized up to 25 days of summer work for Nancy Burke-Allard related to state reporting.
• Authorized 22 employees, including several guidance counselors, to work from six to 35 days related to the opening and closing of schools.
• Awarded a bid for the maintenance of kitchen equipment during the 2012/13 school year to Acme American Repairs, Inc. at a cost of $46.50 per hour, including hours after the regular work day. The district will receive 20 percent off the cost of the catalog price of materials.
• Rejected all bids for the repair of musical instruments.
• Awarded bids for the printing of district newsletters to Phoenix Business Products and Island Pro Digital.
• Awarded bids for refrigeration services to Acme American Repairs, Inc. The district will be charged $46.50 per hour between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and $69.75 during other hours. Materials will be discounted 25 percent off the catalog price.
• Approved a bid for on-site computer support to eSchool Data, LLC at an hourly rate of $125.
• Approved a bid for automobile supplies to Any Part of Huntington at a rate of 52 percent off list price.
• Approved a bid for magazines that was awarded through Educational Data Services, a consortium of school districts and municipalities. Huntington's share of the bid amounted to $5,465.61.
• Authorized an extension of "school registration and participation agreement" with MSG Varsity television network. The new agreement will run through June 30, 2013.
• Approved the appointment of special education summer program clerical, aide, teaching and related staff. Salaries for the program are covered through the district's special education grant.
• Held a second reading of the required Dignity for All Students Act policy.
• Recognized retiring district administrators and teachers and Huntington School Board members Elizabeth Black and Kimberly Brown.
• Accepted donations from the Jefferson Primary School PTA and the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education.
• Authorized Melissa Borzumato to work as a special education teacher at Huntington High School and Robert Barca to serve as a social studies teacher at J. Taylor Finley Middle School through the end of the school year.
• Appointed Kathleen McCourt as special education coordinator, 9-12.