BOCES budget, tenure for 22 teachers approved by Rome board of education

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The 2019-20 Madison-Oneida (MO) BOCES administrative budget, and tenure for 22 Rome school district teachers, were among approvals by the Rome Board of Education Tuesday night.

The Rome school board additionally voted to elect three incumbents and one new member to the MOBOCES board, joining school boards from other component districts in the MOBOCES region who also approved the administrative budget and board members.

In the actions:

• School boards from Rome and the eight other participating school districts in the Verona-based MOBOCES all met Tuesday night with unanimous approvals for the budget and board elections, said MOBOCES district clerk Catherine Quinn.

Funding for the 2019-20 MOBOCES administrative budget of $4.94 million includes a net local share of $161,196 for the Rome school district, up from $151,380. The budget is funded by contributions from Rome and other participating districts, plus state financial aid for those districts as well as interest earned by BOCES along with accruals/set-asides for retiree insurance benefits. It is up 5.5 percent from the current 2018-19 budget of $4.68 million.

Districts participating in MOBOCES include Rome, Camden, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Oneida, Canastota, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, and Stockbridge Valley. The districts separately select and pay for various BOCES programs and services.

• BOCES board members who were re-elected for new three-year terms beginning July 1 include Suzanne Carvelli of the Rome district, Sally Sherwood of the Camden district, and Dr. John J. Costello Sr. of the Oneida district. Carvelli is a former Rome Board of Education member.

Also, Joseph Monfiletto of the Stockbridge Valley district was elected to fill an unexpired term from July 1 this year through June 30, 2021. He will fill a seat vacated when Thomas Hollingsworth of Munnsville resigned, said Quinn.

• Among Rome district teachers who were granted tenure, contingent on receipt of APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) ratings that qualify:

Haley Bottini, Nicole Cardarelli, Keri Citriniti, Kayla Duffy, Ashley Engle, Audrey Lasek, Nicole Losowski, Mercedes Mills, and Kelley Sanzone, all in elementary; Rebecca Ferby, Deborah Herrmann, Alexandria Kiernan, Erin Palombo, Deanna VanWie and Ranae Waterman, all in special education; Todd Allen and Chad Reese, both physical education; Andre Berardi, foreign language; Ann Capecelatro, family and consumer science; Erica McMyler, music; Lauren Messenger-Harris, speech; Kelly Yuzakewich, psychologist.

Tenure, typically considered after a probationary period, guarantees due process in the event that dismissal charges are faced. It also is considered in future assignments.

Board President Paul Fitzpatrick expressed “congratulations to all.”

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