Montrose Area extends school year

BY PAT FARNELLI

The Montrose Area School Board approved Monday night extending the school calendar a week because of weather conditions.

The last day of school will now be Tuesday, June 11, and graduation is now Saturday June 15.

Superintendent Michael F. Ognosky said Monday’s ice day Monday brought the total to five snow days so far this school year, and although there are a few days available makeup days, this would be the most prudent way to handle the situation.

He said he expected there may very well be more days called off for inclement weather.

The board hired a new supervisor of special education, replacing Dr. Don Golden, who died in November.

Kelly-jo Riker, an educator in the Johnson City, N.Y., schools, was hired at a salary of $67,000 to be prorated, effective Mar. 4.

A contract was approved with NEIU 19 for provision of special education programs and services for the 2013-14, at an estimated cost not to exceed $179,339.

Ognosky noted that this is not the entire special education budget, just the portion provided by the intermediate unit, and that changes will be made in September and November.

Board member Doug Wilcox reported that the intermediate unit is establishing committees for the first time to oversee various departments, and that he is serving on the budget committee, which will be meeting with the auditors to hear their report.

Board President Chris Caterson said, “I think the transparency is great.”

The resignation of Michele Homan as an instructional aide at the Lathrop Street Elementary School was accepted with regret, effective Jan. 30. Ognosky said that the job has been posted, and that interviews will be conducted this week. Homan has accepted full time employment in New England.

Anne Hoopingarner was hired as Head Girls Tennis Coach at $3,050.

Eric Powers was hired as assistant track coach at $2,362.50.

Anne Hoopingarner was hired as Head Girls Tennis Coach at $3,050.

Several administrators thanked business manager Michelle Lusk for the smooth budget process this year.

New showcases are being built in the high school lobby to honor student achievers.

The high school’s Scholastic team has earned many trophies, principal Jim Tallarico said, and will need more showcase space soon.

Student Alex Henry is foreman of the showcase project, and is an graphic artist and cabinet maker.