Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
On Thursday, July 1, the Syosset Central School District Board of Education held the board’s annual reorganizational meeting. All board members re-took the oath of office, and new trustee Stephanie Avidon took the oath for the first time. Avidon has filled the seat vacated by Patricia Maschio, who celebrated her last meeting with the board at the June meeting.
Dr. Herman welcomed Stephanie Avidon to the board with the following:
“Tonight, we welcome Stephanie Avidon to the Board of Education. Being a trustee is a wonderful experience. You will continue to be a part of making Syosset a great place for people to come and receive a quality education. You are serving because you want input into our future- and our future is the children. Your motivation is the children, to see them develop, grow and achieve, and that makes serving on the board worth the while. Congratulations.”
In addition to the reorganization meeting, there was also a brief public hearing on the district’s new Code of Conduct, which includes provisions for cyberbullying. Copies of the Code of Conduct are available for inspection at the principal’s office in all district schools.
The cash-on-hand value for the period ending May 31 was $58,822,600.23. In board news, members of the board attended the Syosset High School PTSA meeting, the PTA council dinner, the Syosset High School graduation, and moving up ceremonies at both district middle schools as well as all seven elementary schools.
During the monthly report of the superintendent, Dr. Hankin made note of some impressive attributes of the Syosset High School Class of 2010. The class had four National Merit Finalists, three Intel Semi-Finalists, and 17 winners of New York State Scholarship of Academic Excellence. Of the large graduating class of 541 students, 272 graduated with honors in one or more subjects, and 33 achieved highest honors – honors in five subjects.
The board voted on 42 resolutions, all of which passed. The resolutions included the approval of several contracts, including computer services contracts, custodial and facilities service contracts, and special education contracts. The board also accepted the donations of personal headsets for use in the computer labs, and a wireless microphone.