The Saugerties school board is getting down to the job of replacing schools superintendent Seth Turner and business manager Lissa Jilek.
Saugerties Times | Schools
After spending the past two decades with the Saugerties Central School District, Superintendent Seth Turner notified the school board on Wednesday that he’s taking a similar role in the Amagansett Union Free School District for the 2018-19 school year.
“It’s surprising how a lot of things come up during the summer when we have a chance to investigate and go into rooms that we aren’t ordinarily able to access so readily.”
Kira Podmayersky and Michael Averill are the respective valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2018, and each will speak during the commencement exercise.
Saugerties voters overwhelmingly approved a $62.4-million school budget for 2018-19 on Tuesday. The turnout was lower than usual, however.
Voters will decide the fate of a $64 million budget with a 2.5 percent tax increase. Board president Robert Thomann, James Mooney and Mike Maclary are unopposed in the trustee election.
“If a group of people can come together, it can represent the entire community in a positive light,” said SHS senior and National Honor Society president Tanesia White. “That’s what the National Honor Society is all about.”
The spending plan comes with a 2.53 percent tax levy increase, the maximum possible without having to resort to approval from a supermajority of 60 percent or greater at the polls.
Despite a flurry of meetings among Saugerties officials, the establishment of a second egress point for the Riccardi Elementary School, located at a dead-end road north of the hamlet of Glasco, seems still only a distant possibility. There is still no consensus even on whether a second road would increase the safety of the school’s students.
The tax increase is estimated at 2.5 percent.