Smart Schools Bond, Contract Extension

The BOE meeting in public started with a delay. First, students were awarded music recognitions, followed by AP scholars recognitions. One student was recognized for her proficiency in Italian language.

Mr. Colaitis, Assistant Superintendent for District Operations, retired from the army after 30 years of service. Mr. Grech and Mr. DaCosta were recognized for their work on preparations for a construction project that will start next year. After it’s completed, both, H.T. Herber middle school and Malverne high school will have independent heating systems and Davison Avenue school will get solar panels installed.

Beyond the BakesaleSmart Schools Bond was mentioned. Each district has to create their own investment plan and submit it for approval by the review board in Albany. The application/plan may be up to $982K. I asked, if MUFSD residents would be liable just for that specific amount, or if NYS residents would be liable equally for the entire $2B. It’s not clear at this moment. The NYSED is expected to issue a general guidance. I’ll write a separate post about the bond. It’s too interesting to pass it without few thoughts.

At the special meeting on November 3rd, the school board members extended the superintendent’s contract for another 2 years. At this meeting, on November 18th, Dr. Hunderfund expressed his gratitude to the board members; emphasized their newly-found unanimity that was not always there in the past. This part of his speech reminded me my country of origin were decisions always were made “unanimously” by few apparatchiks on behalf of the nation.

The meeting continued by a presentation given by Mr. Nehlsen on the state of technology in the district. The presentation was very informative and detailed. The district may post it online. Mrs. Ricca, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Educational Services, expressed her satisfaction with progress of the technology upgrades which will allow for district-wide computer-based testing.

The meeting concluded with invitation to several parent academies that are planned. The first will take place on January 8th.

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