Following an Executive Session at 6:00 PM to discuss items related to specific personnel matters related to tenure, litigation and collective bargaining, President Daniel Brunson called the meeting to order in public session at 7:00 PM in the Middle School library.
Superintendent Bodziak commented:
"We have received word that a former member of our school family passed away on March 1st. Mr. Bernie Petrusky taught science here at the Middle School for 28 years. He was buried in Pennsylvania. A memorial service for Mr. Petrusky will be held on April 17th at 10:00 AM in St. George's Church in West Falls. Our collective condolences go out to Bernie's family and relatives.
We have with us this evening East Aurora High School Senior Mr. Colin Palmer, the New York State Public School Wrestling Champion in the Division II, 186 pound category. George Patten, Jr. once said, "Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory." Colin certainly accepted all the challenges on the road to becoming a State champion and now he is experiencing the exhilaration of victory. This evening, we share his exhilaration and honor him for his achievement. I would like Colin's coach, Mr. Paul Rakoski and East Aurora Athletic Director, Mr. Fred Thornley to come up to the front of the room, with Colin so that we may make a presentation.
Colin accepted a certificate noting his achievement from Mr. Brunson, Mr. Bodziak, Coach Rakoski and Mr. Thornley.
Dr. Hoagland has received notice from the editor of Buffalo Business First that two of our seniors have been chosen for their 2010 All Western New York Academic Team. I would like Dr. Hoagland to announce the names of our students and give you a short description of the process used by Buffalo Business First to select students for recognition."
Dr. Hoagland announced that two EAHS seniors, James Sundquist and Jordan Bischof, have been chosen for Buffalo Business First 's 2010 All-Western New York Academic Team. Business First annually identifies 100 outstanding high-school seniors across Western New York. The Academic Team program is designed to spotlight students who pursue excellence both in and out of the classroom, and the nine-member selection committee selects the winners based on their records of academic achievement, school leadership and community involvement. The top 25 were named to the First Team, 25 runners-up to the Second Team and another 50 to the Special Mention list. James was named to the First Team and Jordan was named to the Special Mention team.
James and Jordan represent the top 1/2 of one percent of the seniors in Western New York High Schools (public and private) this year.
Board President's and Board Member's Comments & Committee Reports
Daniel Brunson commented on the passing of Mr. Petrusky, and related some memories of the former science teacher. Mr. Brunson also announced that the Board would meet on March 31 to adopt the budget.
James Whitcomb, MaryBeth Covert and Stephen Zagrobelny added their recollections of Mr. Petrusky.
Dr. Hoagland noted that of the 38 districts in Erie County, EAHS was tied for second place for graduation rates.
Lynn Engle, a District parent, expressed concern about cuts in the music program. Mrs. Engle's daughters echoed her comments in support of the music department.
Kevin Kot, curriculum coordinator for Career Development and Occupational Studies, commented on the proposed cuts in that department, gave a description of the curriculum by grade level, and proposed alternatives to the plan for a staff cut in that department.
Kristine Klein spoke to the Board regarding hiring procedure for a substitute position in elementary Speech/Language.
Becky Bailey, vice-president for the District's civil service union, spoke about the proposed cuts in teacher aide staffing, and announced that her union had voted positively on a measure to preserve jobs while cutting expenses.
Mr. Bodziak and Mr. Blowers presented the 2010-2011 Preliminary Budget.
Items for Board Discussion
Members of the Board of Education and District Administrators discussed the 2010-2011 Preliminary School District Budget.
Members of the Board discussed the New York State Supreme Court's Stipulation and Settlement Order.
In business matters, the Board of Education voted to approve Superintendent Bodziak's recommendations to:
District Clerk Jacquelyn Wopperer
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