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The Times
  • Mohawk BOE elects president, vice president

  • Ronald Bunce was sworn in as a member of the board and a new president and vice president were elected during Monday’s meeting of the Mohawk school board.

    The board appointed Bunce last month to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former board President James Fleming.

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  • Ronald Bunce was sworn in as a member of the board and a new president and vice president were elected during Monday’s meeting of the Mohawk school board.
    The board appointed Bunce last month to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former board President James Fleming.
    Vicki Judd, who has been serving as acting board president since Fleming left, was elected board president and Bunce was elected vice president to serve until the end of the term. The board is continuing to conduct the business of the Mohawk school district while the new Ilion-Mohawk school board prepares for the merger of the Ilion and Mohawk districts.
    One way the schools are preparing for the merger is by giving students an opportunity to get together, according to interim Superintendent Gene Beirne. He said he had received a request for two open gym nights a week at Jarvis School that will be open to Mohawk and Ilion students only. Beirne said he had contacted the school’s insurance agent and was told the district would be covered.
    The board voted to approve tenure appointments for four staff members, effective June 30, at Beirne’s recommendation. They are as follows: Brian Lasowski, physical education; Holly Markwardt, teacher assistant; Kristen Santillo, teacher assistant; and Andria Hartman, special education.
    “We want to protect as many of our faculty members as we can,” said Beirne. “I’ve met with all of these people and we have a good faculty and staff here.”
    Judd congratulated the newly tenured staff members and praised them for their “patience, care and nurturing.”
    At the close of the district’s EXCEL capital project, Beirne said he expects there will be some $40,000 or more remaining in the fund. If that is the case, he said, he will recommend the board approve a project to put a new roof on the section of the building over the Jarvis School media center.
    Judd pointed out these funds must be used for building projects and that a roofing project would have no impact on taxpayers.
    If there is additional money remaining after that, it would go to the new merged district and could only be used for work on buildings.
    Beirne said he had met with Maintenance Supervisor Don Sawyer about the athletic field behind Fisher school. Last summer’s dry weather combined with a lack of opportunity to water it properly due to field use left the field damaged, he said. Sawyer will begin seeding the field, but Beirne added, “We don’t know if it will work.”
    Judd asked for a report on the field at the next board meeting.
    Beirne reported the state’s new gun law does not authorize police officers to carry guns on school grounds. At the recommendation of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua, he has written a letter to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies authorizing them to carry guns on school property, including school buses, pursuant to their duties.
    Page 2 of 2 - Judd thanked the high school students who volunteered to help with the Easter egg hunt on March 30 in Weller Park. “The Friends of the Weller Library appreciated their volunteerism and said they were good with the kids and families,” she said. She also thanked the student council for helping put together purple bows so they could be hung up at the school in time for the benefit for victims of the March 13 fire and shootings.
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