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Jericho BOE Celebrates Achievements of Students and Faculty

At the Jericho School District Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 22, teachers and students were in the spotlight for most of the night. The Board granted Assistant Principal Joseph Weiner tenure after three successful years at Jericho Middle School. Weiner, a former science teacher from Queens, received warm, congratulatory smiles and applause from all in attendance. Jericho High School Principal Joseph Prisinzano congratulated Mary Jo Moriarty (Guidance Counselor), Charu Vardhan (English), and Paul Bode (A.P. Calculus) for their recognition as Distinguished Teachers by the Harvard Club of Long Island; former students submitted glowing recommendations, which were read aloud, for all three teachers. Serena McCalla, an enthusiastic and rigorous science teacher at Jericho High School, received the prestigious Outstanding Teacher Award.

Among the students who received honors over the course of the evening were the National Brain Bee Competition First Prize Winner Yvette Leung, National Finalist in the YES Competition Matthew Lam, the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winner Christopher Lam, Middle School Spelling Bee Winner Jennifer Berman, National Geographic Bee Winner Richard Zhang, Letters and Literature Contest First Place Winner Sal DiGuardia, All State Honors in Wrestling Champion Joe Chamish and News 12 Scholar Athlete Caroline Motschwiller. The board also congratulated many other students who were recognized for their outstanding leadership in academics, athletics, and community service.

In business news, the board welcomed Ernie Smith and Lauren Agunzo of the internal auditor firm, Callaghan Nawrocki LLP, who described their dedicated service to the district and reported that the Jericho Board of Education received another favorable audit report for the fourth year in a row. Jericho’s “internal controls operate effectively with very few minor deficiencies that, thanks to the responsive business office, are always corrected immediately,” praised Smith.

Seven resolutions were put to a vote, all of which passed. Among the resolutions were the board’s approval of the agreement between the Jericho Union Free School District and SCOPE Education Services for the After School Child Care Program for the 2010-2011 school year, the approval of the joint agreement between Nassau County and BOCES to consolidate bus services for private and public school students, and the acceptance of a baby grand piano, which is being donated by a district resident.

In the monthly report of the superintendent, Henry L. Grisham pointed out that the district enrollment as of April is 3,114. The PTA president reported that the PTA supports the proposed budget for Jericho schools. The public hearing will take place Tuesday, May 11, in the Little Theater at Jericho High School, and the vote will take place on Tuesday, May 18, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.