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Syosset School Board Amends Communication

At the Syosset Board of Education’s final meeting of the 2013-13 school year last month on June 18, Trustee Alan Resnick made a resolution to amend the audience to the public at the monthly school board meetings to accept written questions from the community by way of conventional mail or e-mail.

Questions would only be accepted if accompanied by full names and address of Syosset School District residents, and the district must receive the questions no later than three business days prior to the upcoming school board meeting.

“I see this as a no-brainer,” Resnick said.  “We are all about having everyone in the community be as involved as possible - this would be an extension of the meetings for those who can’t attend, are home bound, or don’t want to get up to the mic.”

While the resolution was well received, board members exchanged different ideas on how to verify and monitor the e-mails received.  An agreement was reached to compose a form residents will fill out to submit their question.

In other news,

Board of Education President Michael Cohen made a resolution for the school board to go on a ‘board retreat’ for the purpose of ‘exploring methods to improve communication amongst ourselves, and with the public’ in either late summer or early autumn.  Cohen remarked that the district is not “going to a golf resort - it’s just in the board room.”  Organized after newly elected school board Trustees Tracy Frankel and Susan Parker take their seats, Cohen said of the school boards communication:  “Have we had some bad moments?  Absolutely - however we have come far, and we do get along very well.  Everyone on this board deserves tremendous credit, not the least of which is Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carole Hankin.”

The school board voted to permit Syosset resident The Cotocon Group’s Jimmy Carchietta to conduct a free-of-charge Energy Star benchmarking of Syosset High School.  The results will summarize electricity and fuel usage by the school, and how to eliminate wasted energy.  “I am donating my services and time to help the community understand their energy costs budgets for those who are not aware,” Carchietta said.  “We spend about $3 million a year here on energy in the school district, and about 30 percent of that is waste.”  Carchietta also said that he plans to bring the district in touch with LIPA following the evaluation.  “They’ll come here and explain to us what opportunities are out there,” Carchietta said.

Now former school board Trustees Marc Herman and Stephanie Avidon delivered their final well-wishes to the school board and community, and newly elected Trustee Robert Gershon sat in on his first meeting.