OBEN Board of Education Hears About Public Speaking Woven into Learning in OBEN Schools
The Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education held its monthly Work Session meeting on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm in the OBHS Library.
The Supervisor of English Language Arts, Reading, & Library Media, Dr. Ryan O'Hara was invited to the podium to focus on integrating public speaking into teaching.
The Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Michael Cipriani continued the 2017-18 Budget process with a Budget Hearing presentation. The Proposed 2017-18 Budget that is less than the allowable Tax Cap.
The Budget Vote and Trustee Elections will be held at Oyster Bay High School on Tuesday, May 16 from 7 am until 9 pm. The 2017-18 Budget comes in under the State Tax Levy limit and is the lowest budget to budget increase in recent memory.
There are two seats on the Board of Education up for election. Ms. Jennifer Romeo’s term is up and she has decided not to run for re-election. Mr. John McEvoy’s term is also complete. He will seek re-election. The deadline to register as a candidate was April 17. Dr. Aliex Ross was the only person to come forward to run. Therefore, this year’s election will be uncontested. Congratulations to Mr. McEvoy and Dr. Ross. The District bids farewell to Ms. Romeo for her hard work, dedication and service to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community. The last day to register to vote is Thursday, May 11. All the information about the budget vote is on the District website at https://ny01913874.schoolwires.net/domain/29
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld invited the Board and the entire community to consider attending a Family Forum at Jericho High School on May 24. OBHS Social Worker Mr. Matt Brown and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Seinfeld were involved in the planning. This is a family IMPACT (increasing Mindful Parenting Among Community Teams) Forum that is a joint effort of the Northeast Superintendent Quadrant which includes OBEN, Plainview Old-Bethpage, Jericho, Syosset, and Locust Valley, among other districts.
The forum will focus on student stress, substance abuse and the art of healthy parenting and will include keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Dewey who is renowned for his research on the impact that alcohol and other drugs have on the developing brain. In addition to the keynote, there will be breakout sessions, and our own Matt Brown is likely to serve as one of the facilitators.
Members of the BBS Architectural firm and School Construction were on hand to update the Board and Community on the Bond Project. The State Education Department (SED) needs to review the project before granting a permit. No bids can be awarded before the permit is issued. The permit was expected by March, but the SED has slowed down their review process and there are over 20 projects still ahead of us.
A new code was instated in January requiring an energy savings component to the air conditioning unit to be installed in the auditorium at the high school. Due to that and the changes in the current economy, the construction part of the Bond project may be more expensive than anticipated. The original estimate took into account changes in pricing, but the sooner we get the permit the better.
The security component of the project is $200,000 under budget. Thanks to State Senator Carl Marcellino, there will be a $200,000 grant to be applied to security. Although the security component of the Bond Project stands to come in at around $400,000 less than budgeted, the security was its own proposition in the Bond vote and cannot be applied to the construction component to offset costs.
The architects have spoken to the construction companies who have agreed to hold their estimated price until July.
The Board agreed to go out with an information bid so that BBS will be ready to roll as soon as the permit comes through.
Bond information is on the District website at https://ny01913874.schoolwires.net/domain/220
The Board approved the hiring of the District’s new Social Worker, Ms. Nicole Silva (see photo above), who will assume the position vacated by the retiring Dr. Carole Brown. Ms. Silva is anticipated to have an office at the Vernon school in September.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 pm in the OBHS Library. All are welcome.
2017-18 Budget Information
Voter Registration info
Mr. Cipriani’s Budget Hearing Presentation
Dr. O’Hara’s Public Speaking Presentation
Family Forum Information & Registration