Rye City School District ▪ 411 Theodore Fremd Ave Suite 100S, Rye, NY 10580 ▪ (914) 967-6100 

 Board Notes  

2012-2013 Board of Education
Laura Slack, President ▪ Katy Keohane Glassberg, VP ▪ Karen Belanger ▪ Kendall Egan ▪ Edward M. Fox ▪ Nancy Pasquale ▪ Chris Repetto 

A Summary of the 6/11/13 Rye City School District Board of Education Meeting


Tenure Reception

Prior to the start of the meeting, a reception was held to honor staff members who have received tenure during the 2012-13 school year. Members of the Board of Education and Central Administration congratulated the following individuals: James Bannon, Jessica Comitino, Julianne Corbalis, Salvatore Curella, John Griffin, Aaron Marsh, Francesca Miller, Alejandrina Ramos, Dayna Reist, Jessica Jewett Rowe, Roni Sarig, Erin Sornberger, Caterine Trainor, Erin Trapasso, Dawn Veilleux, and Aleksey Vodyanitskiy. 

Special Acknowledgments

On behalf of the Board of Education, Board Vice President Katy Keohane Glassberg acknowledged the PTO/PO Presidents who are retiring from their positions after many years of volunteering time, commitment and service to the District. Mrs. Glassberg expressed appreciation to Ellie Kelly, Mindy Grigg, Allyson Kim, Kim O'Connor, and Karen Meyers, presenting each of them with a small token of gratitude. 


On behalf of the District, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alvarez offered thanks to Rye Youth Council Elementary School Youth Advocate Stephanie Low, who is retiring after 25 years of service. Dr. Alvarez shared some of Ms. Low's contributions to the students of Rye, explaining that she has led programs in the schools and worked closely with the District on various community-wide initiatives. 


Board of Education President Laura Slack announced that the Board has approved the request from a parent group that has generously stepped forward offering to raise funds for a new stadium scoreboard and installation. She thanked the participants for their work and support of the athletics program. 

Superintendent's Report
Dr. Alvarez announced the appointments of two new Assistant Superintendents. Gabriella O'Connor was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Business and will take on the responsibilities currently held by Kathleen Ryan, and Betty Ann Wyks was appointed to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment role that Dr. Mary Anne Evangelist has held as an Interim for the past two years. 

Dr. Alvarez also congratulated the High School students who received honors during the Senior Recognition Night, during which approximately $170,000 in scholarships was awarded to members of the Class of 2013. 

Additionally, Dr. Alvarez reflected on the High School construction groundbreaking ceremony, held on June 6. He noted that the new science wing is expected to be completed by September of 2014 and thanked Senator George Latimer, who attended the groundbreaking event, for his support. 

Dr. Alvarez congratulated Board of Education Member Kendall Egan, who also serves as President of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) Board of Directors, for receiving the WPSBA's Distinguished Service Award for exemplary board service. 

Lastly, Dr. Alvarez acknowledged the testing irregularity investigation that is being conducted. He expressed that the Board of Education and Central Administration are troubled over the allegations and the disruption that this matter has caused. He explained that the District has mandatory reporting obligations and has complied with State Education Department requirements. Dr. Alvarez stated, "We hope that our due diligence will lead to a resolution that is in the best overall interest of the District." 

Food Services Director John Rubbo presented the proposed 2013-14 School Lunch Budget, anticipated for Board approval on June 25. 


Representatives from the District Management Council presented a report focusing on opportunities for meeting the needs of students who struggle academically. 


Assistant Superintendent for Business Mrs. Kathleen Ryan presented a cost analysis of facility project recommendations from StoneGate Associates, the District's security consulting firm. She reviewed with the Board a list of suggestions from StoneGate, also discussing the many improvements which have already been made. 


Mrs. Ryan additionally presented a Fund Balance & Reserve Planning report


Board of Education Vice President Katy Keohane Glassberg discussed the community-wide Rye Civility Statement, initiated by the Rye Youth Council and derived from community conversations with input from various leaders and entities in the community. The Civility Statement is being developed through the participation of many organizations within Rye. The Board will vote whether to sign on for support of this initiative at the June 25 Board of Education Meeting.

Next Regular Meeting
June 25, 2013
8:00 pm 
Rye Middle School    Multipurpose Room

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