BOE Meeting Recap: 6/21
Although Tuesday night’s meeting served to recognize the dedication and hard work of outgoing board members, students and administrators alike, there was also plenty of news about ongoing work, including the latest updates on the Capital Bond Project.
The Board of Education trustees honored three high school seniors for their contributions to the school district, lauding valedictorian Nicole Williams, salutatorian Genna Handel and school board student representative Maria Capasso for their academic achievements and civic-mindedness.
Williams, who will attend Purdue University in the fall, took the time to thank those who made her high school experience a memorable one.
“It has been an absolute honor to be a student at Eastchester High School,” said Williams. “All of the teachers, the faculty, the staff, they’ve all contributed to me being here by guiding me both academically and through my life.”
The contributions of outgoing board members Steven Projansky, Dr. Cheryl Smith and Jonah Rizzo-Bleichman were also recognized, as was the work done by three departing administrators, Superintendent Dr. Robert Glass, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Lisa Sanfilippo, and Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services, Dr. Noreen Urso.
Dr. Glass also praised the work of the Waverly PTA, which made a donation of $25,000 to further STEM education in the district.
Representatives from the Arris Contracting Company and Memasi Design—which have been tapped to handle the Capital Bond Project renovations—then made a presentation to the board, detailing their progress on the project thus far. The scope of the project is far-reaching and will tackle improvements to areas including safety and security to infrastructure and building maintenance. Construction for Phase One of the project, which will focus on storm-water removal, improvements to the high school baseball and softball fields and pavement upgrades is currently on track to commence sometime in the late-Summer/early-Fall of 2022.
The design development stage for Phase Two—which involves security upgrades to the school buildings—is complete and construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2023. Current estimates put the total cost for the first two phases of the bond project at $92,185 under the original budget.
Three new school board members, Matthew Fanelli, Laura Giacobbe and Christine Civitano-Lombardi will step into their roles at the reorganization meeting on July 7. But as the district moves forward, Dr. Glass hopes that the lessons about the importance of forging strong community bonds that were learned during the pandemic will continue to shine in Eastchester.
“It’s my last board meeting here at Eastchester and I just want to thank the Board of Education and the community,” said Glass. “These were three years unlike anything we have ever seen in recent history . . . and we went through them all together successfully.”
“Everybody pitched in and everybody did extraordinary work,” he added. “We have to treat each other with that joy that we’re feeling, we have to spread it because we’ve suffered together for a long time and now it’s time to celebrate together.”