Final BOE Meeting Before New School Year

Preparations for the 2012-13 school year were the main focus at the East Islip Board of Education's final monthly meeting of the summer, held on Tuesday, Aug. 21. 

In his report to the Board, Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello began by providing a detailed facilities update, commending the excellent work of the buildings and grounds staff. He noted that classroom and corridor waxing and cleaning were on schedule to be finished by either Aug. 24 or 27. At East Islip High School, a small asbestos abatement project in the basement was completed, and an air conditioning compressor replaced. At East Islip Middle School, courtyard trees were trimmed, the gym floor was sanded down and refinished, and tennis court cracks were fixed. Tree trimming was also performed at Connetquot Elementary. At John F. Kennedy Elementary, new tile was installed in the office and paving was repaired. A modular unit behind Timber Point Elementary School was repainted and refurbished to be put back in service as a community room. Finello also noted other districtwide upgrades, including repair of the athletic tracks and the relocation of the student data, assessment and technological services department to an expanded and renovated new office.

After noting that school would reopen for staff on Sept. 4 and for students on Sept. 5, Finello confirmed that new teacher orientation would take place Aug. 28-30, while the kindergarten and middle school orientations would be held Sept. 4.

Personnel reports included numerous appointments. Among the new staff in attendance were math teacher Eleftheria Ballas, science teacher Sheryl Ingoglia, foreign language teacher Vanessa Salubro and music teacher Alyssa Sciarrino, all to work at East Islip High School, as well as new East Islip Middle School special education teacher Kathleen Carroll.

The Board of Education approced a variety of contracts as well as a field trip to New York City next April for the high school's Career Academy. Two donations were announced: an upgrade to the JFK Cafetorium tables, and six Johnson Diversey Trailblazer finish applicators for use by the buildings and grounds department. Eric Woellhof, the new plant and facilities administrator, noted that the finish applicators would reduce time and waste for the district.

Under new business, the Board approved five policies: Internet Safety/Internet Content Filtering, Anaphylaxis, Response to Intervention, Attendance and Code of Conduct.

The East Islip Board of Education will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13. The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in the district office boardroom at 1 Craig B. Gariepy Avenue in Islip Terrace.