Two new members seated on Chatham school board

CHATHAM–The Board of Education at its October 23 meeting swore in its newest members, Carol Wilber and Matthew Fisch. Schools Superintendent Dr. Salvatore DeAngelo welcomed new board members.

Also at last month’s meeting Giles Felton, senior network engineer, reported on the district’s technology development with a slide presentation that illustrated the system in all of the school and administrative buildings. He said the system has a relatively high speed interconnection (including a “40 gig backbone”) and is being built with future growth in mind to ensure 21st century smart schools.

A system upgrade estimated to cost $517,800 was brought in at $176,672 due in part to having done business that helped give Carousel Technologies, a national technology services company, its start.

Craig Simmons, president of the Chatham Board of Education and Rachel Galvin, the board vice president represented the board at the New York State School Boards Association conference on October 27 in New York City. Photo by Peter Flierl

In other business at the meeting:

• The board by consensus approved personnel appointments, including: Maria Dillis as a long-term substitute kindergarten teacher through January 14, 2019 at permanent daily sub rate of $110 per day; Cory Leggett as a permanent, full-time teacher aide who has successfully completed a 52-week probationary period; Jeff Laudenschlager as club advisor to the Executive Branch Club, $806; Troy Fitchette as a permanent daily substitute

• Also appointed coaches for the 2018-2019 sports season: Samantha Kennedy Mehleisen as co-chair for Modified Cheerleading winter, $335.50; Margaret Farrell for Girls Modified Basketball, $1,701; Jessica Samplaski as Bowling co-advisor, $1,096.50; John Roloson for Girls Varsity Basketball, $4,386; and Mr. Michael Kullman as Bowling co-advisor, $1,096.50

• Dr. DeAngelo commented on a PSAT tests discussion. He noted that remediation work after taking a PSAT can elevate subsequent results on the test by up to 100 points

The board appointed board Vice President Rachel Galvin as its voting delegate and Board President Craig Simmons as its alternate voting delegate to the New York State School Boards Association

• Jenna Skype, President of the Student Government and Althena Brennan, Board of Education student representative reported on completion of student pictures, a blood drive scheduled for the next day in cooperation with the American Red Cross, a Hudson River sampling study suggesting the river is cleaner than believed, upcoming girls tennis sectionals, and fundraising activities.

Chatham Board of Education meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Chatham High School Library. Meetings are open to the public. For information, call 518-392-1501.

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