At this month’s regular monthly East Islip Board of Education meeting, the board recognized the outstanding achievements of two groups of students, one a precocious class of recycling wizards, the other a determined team of softballers.
The Timber Point Elementary fifth-grade class – known as the “Recyclinators” – of Jennifer Giordano were honored for a plethora of achievements, including their victory in the New York State 2012 Disney Planet Challenge, the ensuing recognition in the Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Steve Israel, and the students’ successful drive to raise money for future district recycling programs. Several Recyclinators took to the podium to take turns reading the statement in the Congressional Record, while Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello lauded the fifth-graders and remarked, “Thank you for teaching us to be better recyclers.”
Next up was the East Islip High School 2011-2012 softball squad, winners of the Class AA Suffolk County championship. Athletic Director Stephen Restivo introduced eight members of the team in attendance, head coach Jason McGowan and assistant coach Brittany DeVries. “What a fine job they did,” Restivo said, regaling the audience with details of the team’s playoff accomplishments. “It was a pleasure watching them practice, play and work hard.”
The evening’s personnel reports included the appointing of tenure to East Islip High School Principal William Brennen and Assistant Principal Christian Seifert. Also achieving tenure were four teachers (foreign language teacher Patricia Childs of East Islip Middle School, special education teacher Stephanie Clahane of East Islip High School, RCK physical education teacher Bonnie Rabin and RCK special education teacher Barbara Whelan) and two teaching assistants (Donna Luby of Connetquot and Margaret Potter of East Islip High School).
In other personnel matters, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Alise Becker-Santa introduced incoming Plant & Facilities Administrator Eric Woellhof, formerly of the East Hampton School District. Woellhof will be replacing Robert Tartaglia, who is retiring after 38 years. Becker-Santa welcomed Woellhof, and addressing Tartaglia, remarked, “Bob, we wish you a wonderful retirement and thank you for your years of service.”
In new business, Board President Glenn Reed noted several board policy changes, including budget policies relating to New York State’s tax levy cap, the abolishment of the Values Education policy in favor of the new Citizenship Education policy, and the formal adoption of the state’s Dignity for All Students Act, which was read aloud by Reed. The latter mandate becomes effective July 1.
At the meeting’s close, both Tartaglia and outgoing board trustee Joseph G. Sargent were honored with gifts, thanking them for their diligent work on behalf of the district.
A special board meeting to announce the budget revote results will be held in the district office boardroom on June 19 at 9 p.m.
The Board of Education’s annual reorganization meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 in the district office boardroom.