RP BOE Meeting (October 6, 2009)

On October 6, 2009, in BOE, Video, by RP Citizens

All board members were in attendance with the exception of Board President Mrs. Cindea. Mr. Iachio assumed the responsibilities of Board President.

Public Portion

Jacob Magiera

  • Mr. Magiera asked a question regarding agenda item #15 for Professional Development Services.  The superintendent notified him that nearly every school district has been notified that they will be receiving additional monies under the American Recovery & Re-Investment Act for Title 1 and Special Education, also known as IDEIA. These funds total are approximately $450,000 for IDEIA and $88,000 for Title 1. There are certain prescribed uses for these funds, one of which is for consultant services for Title 1 & Special Needs students. The BOE hired the Schillenger Group to provide those services. These funds are not to be used to hire staff since these additional monies will be for a one-year or two-year use at most.
  • Mr. Magiera asked regarding agenda item #17, the Violence & Vandalism Report. The superintendent stated that he will give the report after the public portion.
  • Mr. Magiera wanted to thank everyone involved in getting the helmet program started. Mr. Magiera stated that he has been noticing more children wearing helmets.
  • Mr. Magiera had a question on the cost of natural gas and the new contract that BOE has with its provider. He was notified that there is a lag time from implementation to seeing of actual reductions. Mrs. Guercio stated that the BOE is part of the ACES program and that the reduction in cost is only for residents only, not the school district.  The superintendent stated that the ACES contract is for a fixed cost. Mr. Magiera asked if a stipulation could be put into the contract that if the cost goes down, the lower price is paid and if the cost goes up, the agreed upon price is paid.

Superintendent’s Report

The superintendent gave his report on vandalism & violence.

Members of the board commented on the report.

There was an opportunity for the public to comment on the report.

Jake Magiera


Agenda Items

District Policy (First Reading)

Agenda item #1 was moved, seconded, voted on, and introduced.



Agenda items 2 through 14 were moved, seconded, voted on, and approved.


Education Programs

Agenda items 15 and 16 were moved, seconded, voted on, and approved.



Agenda items 17 through 27 were moved, seconded, voted on, and approved.


Committee / Liaison Reports


Continuing Business


New Business


Public Participation

Saul Qersdyn


With no one else from the public coming forward, the public portion was closed.

Acting President Ken Iachio gave an explanation as to the reason of Mrs. Cindea’s absence.

The meeting was adjourned.