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The Times
  • Little Falls school board organizes for year

  • During the annual organizational meeting of the Little Falls Board of Education on Tuesday, commissioners elected officers to lead them during the upcoming school year.

    Those chosen for 2012 - 2013 included president Scott Tooley and vice president William Dodge, who assumed their posts after the administration of their oaths of office.

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  • During the annual organizational meeting of the Little Falls Board of Education on Tuesday, commissioners elected officers to lead them during the upcoming school year.
    Those chosen for 2012 - 2013 included president Scott Tooley and vice president William Dodge, who assumed their posts after the administration of their oaths of office.
    After reciting the oath of office on Tuesday afternoon Tooley recognized Dodge for his two years of service as board president and thanked his fellow commissioners for their show of support.
    “Mr. Dodge did a great job as president the past two years,” said Tooley. “I look forward to leading the board of education in the upcoming school year and thank my fellow commissioners for their continued confidence and belief in me. I appreciate the support they have shown me.”
    Christine Shepardson and Anthony Giaquinto were sworn in as newly-elected board members.
    District Business Manager Clete McLaughlin was appointed clerk of the board of education and deputy tax collector, Marlene Quatrino was appointed deputy district treasurer and tax collector and Melissa Reff was appointed district treasurer and deputy clerk of the board of education.
    Additionally, McLaughlin was named access and records management officer and coordinator of the Capital Assets Preservation program. For the extra classroom activity fund, Quatrino was named central treasurer, Reff was named deputy treasurer and faculty auditor and the building principals were named as the chief faculty counselors. McLaughlin was appointed as the district’s purchasing agent and transportation director, with 20 percent of his time devoted to transportation issues.
    Dr. Julie Perlanski was named school physician at a salary of $12,000, Dr. Alan Yallowitz was named school dental supervisor with “thanks for his professional and gratuitous service” and Mark Rose was named school attorney at a salary of $10,000 and hourly fees as needed. Debbie Armlin was appointed claims auditor at a salary of $20 per hour and the Bonadio Group was appointed as internal auditor.
    District Food Service Director Donna Todd was named reviewing official for the free and reduced price meal program and Superintendent of Schools Louis Patrei was named program hearing official. Todd and McLaughlin were named free and reduced price meal program verification officials.
    Little Falls Fire Chief Rob Parese was appointed fire codes enforcement officer and district Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Michael Kelly was appointed asbestos designee.
    Leeann Dooley was named Dignity Act coordinator for the district.
    Dodge was appointed legislative liaison and voting delegate to the state School Boards Association. Tooley, Dodge and Giaquinto were appointed to the board of education’s audit committee.
    M&T Bank and Adirondack Bank were designated as the official depositories for all school funds, and The Times was designated as the district’s official newspaper. The second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. was designated as the regular monthly meeting date for the board of education.
    Page 2 of 2 - Patrei, as chief school officer, was authorized to certify payrolls, apply for state and federal funds, approve the attendance of school personnel at conferences, conventions and workshops, approve budgetary transfers up to $1,000 and to approve interfund transfers.
    The school board established a per diem wage for substitute teachers of $75 for certified teachers, $71 for uncertified teachers and $75 for retired Little Falls City School District teachers. The board approved the mileage reimbursement rate established by the Internal Revenue Service and established a $50 petty cash fund for the business office, high school and middle school, a $25 petty cash fund for Benton Hall Academy and a $100 petty cash fund for the cafeteria.
    In other business Tuesday afternoon, Tony Scaparo was appointed health coordinator at a salary per the Little Falls Teachers’ Association contract, Emily Rozonkiewiecz was appointed music coordinator at a salary of $1,050 and Joe Loiacono was appointed ed com director at a salary of $18,720. Kathryn Faber was appointed director of physical education and will receive a stipend of $1,000.
    Additionally, the tellers of M&T Bank were named deputy tax collectors for the district, Stefanie Koch received a tenure appointment as an elementary school teacher, Bernadette Miller received an appointment as a teacher’s aide and Thomas Caracane received an appointment as a cleaner.
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