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O'Connor Installed as New Malverne BOE President

Hopkins and Taylor get VP nods, cafeteria prices rise and progress continues on capital projects.

The Malverne Board of Education has a new president. Marguerite O’Connor, previously the board’s second Vice President, was appointed by her fellow trustees and sworn in by District Clerk Lisa Ridley at the Tuesday night's annual reorganization meeting at . 

Former President Danielle Hopkins became first vice president and the board's newest member, Trustee Michael Taylor, was sworn in during the meeting and appointed to the second vice president post. 

The board approved 35 other inter-district appointments before the end of its reorganization meeting. Both Ridley and District Treasurer Arthur R. Venezia were reappointed to their current positions. Venezia was sworn in toward the end of the regular business meeting that followed. 

Superintendent Dr. James H. Hunderfund opened his monthly report by relaying some positive news about final academic figures for the 2011-2012 school year. 

Ninety six percent of Malverne seniors received Regents diplomas, a district record, and 66 students graduated from Howard T. Herber Middle School as part of the National Junior Honors Society, according to Hunderfund. 

The superintendent also said that the district saw a rise in the grade point average of both the junior and senior class in 2011-2012.

“Our regents scores this year showed overall improvement,” Hunderfund said. “They were very good in all aspects. We’re very proud of our teachers, students and everyone who contributed.”

The district will be offering summer classes for those seniors who didn’t graduate, according to Deputy Superintendent Richard Banyon

A regents assistance program will also be available for all high school students who failed a Regents exam. This program will run from late July through the summer make-up exams in mid-August, according to Banyon.

“Sometime during the summer, we’ll be running a program for those students who we deemed 'at-risk' based on their grades in both the middle school and high school,” Banyon said. “[This is] to try and get them to have a better transition into school in September.”

Assistant Superintendent for District Operations Spiro Colaitis presented the board with an update on current construction going on within the district. A slide show revealed the finished basketball and tennis courts at the high school. 

“We’re very proud of these courts. They came out wonderfully,” Colaitis said. “It’s one of the jewels of our project.”   

The slides also showed the new brick facing, windows, and bathrooms at and the new brick facing at

“If you go to either building, you’ll see a flurry of activity,” Colaitis said. “Over the school year, we’re only allowed to work on the extension. Right now, we’re ripping up the inside of  the building. A lot of stuff is going on in there and it will be done in five or six weeks.”

As part of new business, the board approved an increase in breakfast and lunch prices for the 2012-2013 school year. High school and middle school lunch prices will increase from $2.25 to $2.40. Elementary lunch will increase from $2.00 to $2.15 for children and $3.23 to 3.40 for adults. Breakfast prices will increase from $1.25 to $1.40, according to the board. 

“The state has required us to, over the next five years, charge an amount that is equal to the amount that [we] receive in state aid,” Business Administrator Thomas P. McDaid Jr. said.

The district receives approximately $300,000 in state aid for a free or reduced lunch program, encompassing about 40 percent of the student body, according to McDaid.     

Kathleen July 12, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Tara- Did you video the meeting?
Tara Conry (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Not this one. Sorry!
Tom Grech July 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Sooooo....how much and for whom were the raises approved for? Who voted for and against?
Kathleen July 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Will the Board of Education explain the increase in compensation for the superintendents and central admin staff? What sort of compensation? Who is getting it? Why do they need an increase in this time that cuts were made to teaching staff and services for the students? Where is the money coming from? Not disclosing such information to the public seems like there is something to hide.
Gina Genti July 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Kathleen I was not able to make the session meeting before the public meeting. Had I been present I would have asked that the BOE disclose the information on this item that was added to the evenings agenda. When I asked at public session to be informed so that I could vote appropriately I was told by the newly installed BOE President Peg O'Connor that the information was personnel related and therefore confidential and I would get the information in my weekly information packet. The information did not make it into the week end packet I received yesterday. I see no good reason why we did not disclose the changes to the public. All contracts and compensation for state employees can be found on several different NYS web sites. More importantly, sharing of these decisions and the reasons for them lends itself to open communication and trust between our schools and our taxpayers. I have to believe the 4 trustees that voted for the changes have good reason to do so and hopefully, going forward, better decisions will be made about sharing information regarding how we choose to spend our taxpayer dollars.

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