2012-01-18 / Front Page / Schools

Haldane Board Rapidly Seeks New Member

Applications welcome to fill seat
Kylie McConville

 The Haldane School Board will interview interested applicants for the vacant Board seat. The interview process, which Board members are not required by law to do, will take place following the 5 p.m. application deadline on Monday, January 23rd.

 This decision was made by a unanimous vote at the Tuesday, January 17th meeting. Board members also agreed to interview prospective applicants on Wednesday, January 26th. A detailed list of qualifications and how to apply can be found on the Haldane School District website: http://www.haldaneschool.org/. All interested applicants should include a letter of interest and a biography addressed to Ms. Kathy Marino, District Clerk.

 Dave Merandy formally resigned as Board Trustee shortly before beginning his first term on the Philipstown Town Board on January 1st. Merandy attended the Board meeting last Tuesday evening and was hailed by colleagues for his 10 “passionate and honest” years of service to the Haldane Community.

 Following his resignation, the Board will fill his vacancy until the May 2012 election. At that time, it is the Board’s intention that the appointed Trustee will run for election for a Board seat. The May 2012 election will also seek to fill two more open Board seats. Trustee Evan Schwartz will pursue re-election and Joe Curto, current Board President, will not revive his role. Once all the seats have been filled, Board members will decide internally who will hold which position.

 In other Board business, Katie DeMarco was appointed at Tuesday’s meeting as the Community/Chamber of Commerce Affiliate to the Buildings & Grounds Committee. DeMarco will join Merandy, who will now serve as Community Representative and Co-Chair to the Committee and Trustee Michael Junjulas, who will serve as the Board Representative on the Committee.

 Board members held off on the hot-topic Fields Study discussion. A meeting on January 30th will be held in the Haldane auditorium and all are invited. Curt Coronato, the lead landscape architect for Ward Associates, will share his recommendations for the future of the Haldane fields at the January 30th forum.

 A follow-up meeting on February 15th (snow date: February 16th) will take place to discuss the Annual Professional Performance Review and Fields Study. This meeting will shadow the January 30th consult from Ward Associates as Board members prepare to draft a plan from the Fields Study summary. As the Board rightfully assumes that the Fields Study may take up a larger portion of the meeting, they will open with Performance Review dialogue at 6 p.m.

 Lastly, Board members began to softly discuss fiscal matters related to the Haldane sports budget after Tom Cunningham outlined the 2011 tentative procedure used in creating new sports teams. Board members did share their opinions on how new athletic and co-curricular activities should be handled.

 Trustee Junjulas suggested that formal applications and proposals be considered at the time they are submitted but decisions should not be made until the following year. At that time, existing applications should be re-addressed to ensure that funds exist within the budget to make such extracurricular activities possible. Trustee Schwartz stated that a process for adding new programs should be created.

 While Superintendent Dr. Mark Villanti gently averted budget talks for now, he assured members that the Board has outlined the procedure they intend to follow until the issue is revisited during budget talks.



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