EI Celebrates Board Recognition Week Early

According to the New York State School Boards Association, School Board Recognition Week is officially held this year from Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Since that would be too early for the East Islip Board of Education’s Nov. 8 meeting, the district celebrated a few weeks early, and each of the six district schools created artwork tributes in honor of the Board’s service, displayed at the Board's Oct. 11 regular monthly meeting.

Addressing the Board last week, Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello said, “We sometimes take for granted all the time and effort you put in. We wanted to recognize that publically with a big ‘thank you.’” The artwork created by the schools was acknowledged, and each member of the Board was given a plaque, presented by Finello, and an EI sweatshirt, presented by two students from the high school, Alaina Fango and Ashley Tarduno.

In his report to the Board, Finello noted that New York State had approved East Islip’s APPR plan, and commended Assistant Superintendent Alise Becker-Santa, the administration and teachers for their hard work on the crucial project. Noting that the APPR deadline is in January, he said, “We made it with plenty of time to spare.”

Up next was accountant Alan Yu, of the district’s external auditing firm, Cullen & Danowski, LLP. Yu presented a summary of the 2012 fiscal year, noting the district had strong controls and no compliance violations.

The Board approved one new policy, No. 5426 – Concussion Management, which was intended to comply with New York State’s Concussion Act passed in July 2012. Another was recommended: No. 5300.60 – Visitors to Schools.

Two field trips (for the high school boys and girls cross-country teams to compete in Rhode Island from Oct. 19-20, and for high school musicians to perform at the NYSSMA All-State Music Conference in Rochester in November) were also approved.

Becker-Santa, the assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel, discussed the ongoing development of the Parent Portal and efforts to go paperless. She also announced numerous personnel appointments, including the tenure of East Islip Middle School special education teacher Jessica Rella, who was in attendance.

Discussing districtwide committees, Board President Ken Cronin noted, “The committees are being filled right now…you will be notified soon.”

At the very end of the meeting, representatives of the burgeoning East Islip Music and Arts Program Support organization (known as “eiMAPs”) presented the Board with a surprise $2,408 donation for the benefit of the district’s art and music department. The funds will be used to reinstate the high school and middle school jazz bands as well as the Photography Club.

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