Cardinal Crew

RANDOLPH – Marshall Johnson and Louise Boutwell have officially joined the Randolph Central School Board of Education.

The board held an organizational meeting recently in the high school library, where Maureen Pitts, district clerk, administered the Oath of Office to the two newly elected school board members.

In a majority vote, Michael Evans was voted in for the office of board president for the 2014-15 school year. Daniel Jackson received a majority vote for the office of vice president.

Appointments for district officers were approved as follows, and the oath was administered: Maureen Pitts, district clerk; David Chambers, deputy district treasurer and deputy district clerk; Kimberly Moritz, deputy district treasurer and deputy district clerk; Sara Flaherty, district treasurer; Hope Phillips, tax collector; and Doug Cowen, internal claims auditor.

Moritz, superintendent, proudly commented on the report from the University of Albany, in reference to the Gail N. Chapman Elementary School. According to Moritz, the University of Albany does independent research concentrating on leadership behaviors and they selected Gail N. Chapman Elementary School for study because it met criteria as an “odds beating” school. She congratulated Principal Jerry Mottern and his team for a job well-done.

Moritz reported that Jamie Berg, curriculum coordinator, will be holding grade-level meetings and transitional meetings in July and August.

“This is where we get feedback from teachers on what we can change, what we can do better next year, what’s working, and what’s not working,” she said. “Jerry Mottern and Laurie Sanders are in Albany at state education meetings working on module planning.”

Moritz added that Randolph’s summer Regents exams will be done through BOCES this year, at Salamanca High School, and review classes will be held at RCS. Transportation will be provided by RCS.

Moritz advised that Common Core exam results will be available the first week of August.

The New York State School Boards Association Convention in New York City, coming up in October, was discussed. Milliman said she would like to attend.

Community Bank and M&T Bank were designated and approved as official depositories for general operation funds, federal funds and the School Breakfast and Lunch Fund; and Cattaraugus County Bank was designated and approved for federal funds and the School Breakfast and Lunch Fund. The Post-Journal was approved as the official newspaper.

Authorizations and bonding of personnel were approved, along with re-adoption of all policies including the Code of Ethics, which was in effect during the previous year, and establishment of the mileage reimbursement rate for 2014-15.

Tentative approval was granted for various overnight field trips for the Future Farmers of America during the 2014-15 school year, as recommended.

Several other appointments were also approved at the meeting. These included: Chambers, records access officer, district endowments, purchasing agent, faculty auditor for extra-curricular activities; Hodgson Russ LLP and Harris Beach PLLC, school attorneys; Buffamante, Whipple, Buttafaro P.C., district auditor; Linda Barron, central treasurer, Extra-curricular Fund; Laurie Sanders, faculty counselor, Extra-curricular Fund, high school building designated education official; Jerry Mottern, elementary building designated education official, Title IX, homeless coordinator, title grant coordinator; Moritz, deputy purchasing agent, records appeal officer, designated education official; Michael Frame, chief information officer designee; board member to serve on Chamberlain Committee/Seager-Hillard Memorial Scholarship committee with administration; Maureen Pitts, records management officer; Dr. Mary Rockey, director of Pupil Services, Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education chair, Medicaid compliance officer, Section 504 oversight; Dave Flaherty, Asbestos local education agency designee, chemical hygiene officer, pesticide representative; Jason Halpainy, Athletic Fund.

Randolph’s board of education meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, unless otherwise noted.