Written by Karan Malhotra, Editorial@antonnews.com Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:34
At a Jericho school board meeting last Tuesday, the approved inclusion of two new curriculum associate positions drew criticism. No one has been hired for the postions yet, thus salaries have not been drawn.
Resident Ira Checkla voiced his concerns in that the decision came about 20 days following the Jericho budget elections, stating to the board that the resolution “wasn’t properly disclosed to the public, in the budget brochure, or even in the agenda. Whether or not the position is warranted is up to you to decide: I think you let the public down.”
Checkla went on to state that he felt more people should have been around to discuss the resolution, and that the “public announcement for the Curriculum Associates took place in a 15 minute conversation around six people.”
Superintendent, of Jericho Schools Hank Grishman agreed that the new resolution was not public enough, yet Trustee Joseph Lorintz commented; “The board was very, very aware of the fact that the curriculum associates would not be paid past the budget, and feels as if the public was not betrayed by the creation of two Curriculum Associate positions.”
Checkla continued, saying to Mr. Lorintz :”You had the educational experts say why it was a good idea; I don’t believe the board was sinister. I do believe that a very solid financial argument could be made that is does negatively impact the budget. The measurement that you chose was one budget to the next in your perspective.”
The school board retaliated by explaining that in the eyes of the board, an educational decision overtakes a financial decision. Observing at both ends, Lorintz explained that the decision was balanced, and benefits the education of the Jericho UFSD attendants.
In other news, the Adoption of the 2014-2015 School Calendar was unanimously agreed upon by the Board Of Education, yet Grishman stated that the board “adopted it with the firm belief that the state education will not make any changes on us.” There is an understanding that the calendar may be revised.
Mr. William Ferro was elected as the board’s President, and Mrs. Claire Hochheiser the board’s Vice President - who abstained from the vote.
All movements were unanimously approved by the Board Of Education, aside from the Dignity For All Students Act, which was tabled for the August 2013 meeting for undisclosed reasons.