OBEN Board of Education Adopts 2016-17 Budget with the Lowest Budget to Budget Increase in 17 Years
The Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education held its monthly Business meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 pm in the OBHS Library. The audience was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Vernon sixth grader Arianna Wulffen.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld began her report by introducing the staff members who were up for tenure. Colleen Kelly, who teaches at Vernon in the Special Services Department was granted tenure last fall, but hadn’t been publically recognized, was praised for her work and commended for assuming the role of President of SEPTA.
Meagan Finnerty is the music teacher for the K through 2 program as well as working at the high school with the Chamber Singers. Ms. Finnerty also served as the vocal coach for the cast of Beauty and the Beast and performed with the cast in the pit band. She is currently working toward her doctorate at Columbia University.
Maria Randazzo is another hard working teacher who goes above and beyond for our students. Ms. Randazzo is the middle school Art Teacher who, this year, assumed the awesome responsibility of being the director of the theater arts program. Anyone who saw the musical production of Beauty and the Beast this past weekend saw her hard work manifest in the beautiful sets and seamless transition of scenes throughout the entire performance. Throughout the months and mountain of work, Ms. Randazzo always could be seen with a smile on her face.
Ms. Janna Ostroff was introduced by Dr. Seinfeld as “the hardest working person I have ever met.” Certainly an understandable statement as Ms. Ostroff is not only the Supervisor of the Science Department, but also the Director of the Technology Department. She has brought many wonderful innovations to the district in the short time she has been in Oyster Bay-East Norwich. The Hour of Code, Robotics, the new and improved website and the Engineers’ Breakfast are just a few of the fantastic programs she has spearheaded.
The Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Mr. Stephen Valente presented the 2016-2017 Budget for adoption by the Board. The budget to budget increase is the lowest it has been in 17 years. The Budget Vote will be held at Oyster Bay High School on Tuesday, May 17 from 7 am to 9 pm. Ms. Robin Dando will be running uncontested for her seat on the Board.
The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Lisa Mulhall in her report said that the students of the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School would like everyone to try to reduce their carbon footprint by recycling, bicycling and walking more. Dr. Mulhall proudly announced that the artwork of the Oyster Bay High School students is currently on display at the Tilles Center and will be open to the public until May 2.
Board President Ann Marie Longo invited the entire community to enjoy the PTA sponsored event, The Taste of the Town, which will be held throughout the town of Oyster Bay on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm. It is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an evening with friends while sampling the delicious offerings of local establishments.
Dr. Seinfeld took the opportunity to invite students, parents and community members to join in the Spring Community Book Club which will take place on Monday, May 9 at 7 pm in the Oyster Bay High School Library. Copies of the book are available in the Public and school libraries.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 7 pm in the OBHS Library. All are welcome.
2016-2017 Budget Workshop #5 Presentation - 4-19-2016
2016-2017 Budget Information
Community Book Club – Monday, May 9, 2016
Taste of the Town