Board of Ed Views Student Achievement Presentation

At the East Islip Board of Education monthly meeting on Feb. 9, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Alise Becker-Santa guided the attendees through a 2010-2011 secondary assessment presentation, providing a detailed overview of East Islip student achievement for grades nine through twelve.

Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello was pleased to announce the good news that East Islip High School’s Academic Team were ranked No. 1 in Suffolk County, after their blowout 470-140 victory over Shelter Island High School in “The Challenge.” The Academic Team will face their next opponent, Patchogue-Medford High School, on Feb. 14, to be aired on Cablevision’s MSG Varsity network on March 8.

Finello also congratulated high school soccer star Cari Roccaro on being named the 2011-2012 Gatorade New York Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Roccaro, who will attend Notre Dame on a full scholarship next fall, was unable to attend the meeting as she was playing in Europe in the U20 World Cup.

Personnel reports included the appointing of tenure to East Islip Middle School teaching assistant Tami Schaber, and the retirements of Timber Point teacher Janis Harrington, East Islip High school psychologist Phyllis Carlson, and high school foreign-language teachers Carol Candela, Mary Carey and Dorsy Palios. Also announced was the upcoming retirement of plant and facilities administrator Robert Tartaglia, a district mainstay for the past 38 years.

Donations announced included a $2000 grant from MSG Varsity for the Technology Club and two donations to benefit the middle school sports program, $20,000 from the East Islip Athletic Booster Club and $2,500 from the For the Kids Foundation. A Coca-Cola contest won by a grandparent of a Connetquot Elementary resulted in a $5000 in donated  funds for the upcoming Connetquot playground upgrade (for which a new bid will be sought). A final donation came from the local fire department in the form of a 2005 Ford Expedition, to be utilized for district security or maintenance.

Under new business, the Board approved various resolutions that included UPSEU earned vacation days, setting election workers compensation rates, and extending budget voting hours on May 15 to 6 a.m. through 9 p.m. In one resolution, Board trustee Joseph G. Sargent noted a change in senior citizens’ partial exemption from property taxes, raising the maximum income tier from $29,900 to $37,400.

Lastly, the Board confirmed that its correct contact email address is

Rescheduled from its original date, the next Board of Education meeting will take place on March 13, 2012.