03/15/11 12:26pm
03/15/2011 12:26 PM

High Honor Roll
Grade 12: Christian Aldaz, Michael Arpaia, Johanna Baglivi, Jessica Boomer, John Bradley, Cristina Bremer, Melanie Buckingham, Madeleine Burlingame, Ashley Goeller, William Goggins, Katherine Golde, Jared Goodale, Christine Hansen, Colin Keil, Kyra Leonardi, Stefanie Loverde, Efrain Lozada III, Michael Mangiamele, Lillian McCullough, Emma Milligan, Rebecca Mincieli, Kimberley Mulrain, Joseph Pfaff, Kevin Reyer, Michelle Rosnack, Marissa Russo, Sierra Savercool, Veronica Stelzer, Andrew Vescovi.

Grade 11: Christine Angell, Carly Batist, Kira Buckel, Christopher Caprise, Caroline Coe, Nicole DiVello, James Finora, Julia Gaines, Morgan Gildersleeve, Mirin Greenberger, Tracy Grim, Matthew Ireland, Andrew Kinsey, Dominika Kupiszewska, Christina Lozada, Melissa Milowski, Mallaigh Nolan, Siobhan Nolan, Kimberly Olsen, Elena Paparatto, Maria Peroni, Erin Pozzolano, Sarah Reisenberg, Casey Schur, Jason Sidor, Thomas Sledjeski, Christian Tettelbach, Nora Zuhoski.

Grade 10: Christopher Baglivi, Douglas Beebe, Alexandra Berkoski, Jonathan Borowy, Emily Bosworth, Trevor Busch, Megan Finn, Mally Fogarty, Katharine Freudenberg, Amanda Gatz, Anna Goerler, Dylan Hahn, Kevin Izzo, Tristan Keil, Michael Kelly, Jessica Kwasnik, Matthew Mautarelli, Nicole Murphy, Alexa Orlando, Anne O’Rourke, Yuliya Palianok, Sara Paparatto, Cassianne Pelan, Caitlin Penny, Sara Perkins, Nicholas Piraino, Marc Proferes, Daniel Salice, Sydney Sanders, Erik Savercool, Melissa Siegfried, Elaina Sluyters, Richard Smith, Alexandra Solowinska, Lyndsie Taylor, Brittany Tumulty.

Grade 9: Pamela Batist, Francis Benante, Matthew Berezny, Ryan Bergen, Elly Bergen, Christine Bieber, Victoria Bonagura, Rodrigo Calderon, Zev Carter, Paige Catalano, Larissa Catullo, Helen Chen, Emily Ciamaricone, Meghan Daly, Clay Davis, Shannon Dwyer, Kyle Freudenberg, Tara Gatz, Mayra Gonzalez, Sydney Goy, Melissa Hickox, Charles Hickox, Adam Hicks, Christopher Hicks, Jaclyn Imbriano, Molly Kowalski, Robert Krudop, Hallie Kujawski, Victoria Lang, Roy Lebkuecher, Nicole L’Hommedieu, Andrea Loper, Christian Montgomery, Nina Nickerson, John Nolan, Erik Olsen, Joseph Peroni, Daniel Peters, Ralph Pugliese, Tristan Reese, Patrick Robbins, Tyler Rochon, Nicole Scartozzi, Kevin Schwartz, Kellie Ann Stepnoski, Isabel Torgove, Rachel Winkler.

Grade 8: Lisa Angell, Courtney Benediktsson, Kaylee Bergen, Sydney Bradley, Patricia Brisotti, Matthew Carter, Maisy Claudio, Nicole Considine, Elizabeth Dumblis, Christopher Dwyer, Harrison Forte, William Gildersleeve, Jennifer Gonzalez-Euceda, Abigail Graeb, Kevin Hudson, Paige Hudson, Walter Jacob, Owen Kaminsky, Madison Kent, Kamila Kulakowska, Emma Leaden, Constantina Leodis, Christopher Mauceri, Christopher McGowan, Terrence McKinney, Ryan Messinger, Emily Mincieli, Christopher Molchan, Courtney Murphy, Georgia Neighley, James Nish, Ian Nish, Oliver Orr, Ruben Palencia, Daniel Parks, Pulith Peiris, Sarah Pfennig, Rebecca Piraino, Colby Prokop, Heidy Quizhpi, Marisa Sannino, Leah Santacroce, Alyssa Scartozzi, Cal Seifert, Sarah Sheppard, Christopher Sledjeski, Zachary Smith, Caralee Stevens, Jamie Stonemetz, Emily Talbot, Haley Unger, Cady Vitale, Nicholas Vitolano, Elizabeth Wilcenski, Matthew Wilton, Ya-Xin You, Andrew Young, Nicole Zurawski.

Grade 7: John Batuello, Thomas Behr, Hayley Berry, Waldemar Bunker, Christian Burns, Julie Dickerson, Carly Doorhy, Eddie Dowling, Jack Dufton, Alec Durkin, Jonathan Dwyer, Emma Fasolino, Erin Feeney, Liam Finnegan, Hannah Fitzgerald, Sarah Fogarty, Gwyneth Foley, David Folk, Ava Gaines, Jake Gambaiani, Emily Gatz, Yianni Giannaris, Audrey Hoeg, Katherine Hoeg, Tristin Ireland, Caitlin Jacobs, Chloe Janis, Raven Janoski, Caroline Keil, Anna Kowalski, Julie Krudop, Antonina Lentini, Dylan Marlborough, Meghan McKillop, Susie Nickerson, Lika Osepashvili, Cameron Pase, Meghan Pawlik, Courtney Penny, Dawn Rochon, Kimberly Scheer, Brett Slack, Sophia Sluyters, Andrew Stakey, Cecilia Stevens, William Stuckart, Madison True, Lucas Webb, Charles Zaloom.

Honor Roll
Grade 12: Thomas Ascher, Jacqueline Berkoski, Casie Binkowski, Casey Burns, Zoe Campbell, Sharayah Carita, Daniel Catullo, Dana Clanton, Emily Comando, Brandon Damiani, Connor Davis, Amy Dries, Andrew Ennis, Kimberly Fenoy, Nairy Garcia, Alexander Goerler, Cavan Gregg, John Hamilton, Melissa Hand, Eric Izzo, Yener Javier Miguel, Nicole Krupski, Kimberly Krupski, Claire Leaden, Taylor Leden, Andrew L’Hommedieu, Taylor Lonk, Katherine Loper, John Nugent, Katharine Poulmentis, Wilson Quizhpi, Jesse Reynolds, Kayla Sahli, Marie Santacroce, Alexander Scalia, Charles Schneider, Sara Scholl, Matthew Waggoner.

Grade 11: Melissa Barry, Lisa Beebe, Erica Bundrick, Savanna Campbell, Rebecca Caracciolo, Kelly Cassidy, Megan Conklin, Kaitlyn Doorhy, Christina Fasolino, Dylan Gibaldi, Kenneth Gillan, Kellie Hennessey, Kevin Herrera, Zachary Hinsch, Graham Homan, Elizabeth Lasota, Nicholas Lentini, Taylor Loper, Alexandria Makucewicz, Kathryn Mangiamele, Eric Marcus, Ashley Marron, Victoria Messinger, Gabriella Messinger, Peter Ostrowski, Nicole Palladini, Victoria Perez, Veronica Reitz, Daina Reynolds, John Sciacchitano, Danielle Stepnoski, Victor Thuroe, Alexandra Zaweski, Travis Zurawski.

Grade 10: Kaitlin Beebe, David Burkhardt, Danielle Christie, Tyler Connell, Christopher Cushman, Scott DeLong, Haley DeRidder, Samantha Fasolino, Tomasz Filipkowski, Ryan Finger, Maryanne Fitzgerald, Shannon Gatz, Nicholas Geiser, Casey Grathwohl, Frederick Hansen, Jonathan Hellermann, Emily Horan, Alexandra Kluko, Danielle Knuth, Kyle Krause, Peter Kren, Cordelia Larsen, Marianthi Leodis, Despina Leodis, Morgan Murphy, Evan Neighley, Cydnie Piscatello, Stephanie Reisenberg, James Rugnetta, Jennifer Silleck, Justin Tyler, Natasha VandeWetering, Andre Vega, Alexandra Wilcenski, Morgan Wilsberg, Bonnie Zellner.

Grade 9: Paul Annunziata, Matthew Berry, Laurel Bertolas, Eric Briggmann, Cameron Burt, Jed Donikyan, Matthew Gillan, Autumn Harris, Kayla Healy, Valentina Hommel, Desirae Hubbard, Ian Husak, Michael Kahn, Salvatore Loverde, Declan Lynch, Jessica Makucewicz, Douglas Massey, Mark McCaskie, Christopher Mehalakes, Erin Miller, Robert Molchan, Joseph Nadel, Austin Pase, Jennifer Pautke, Daniel Pawlik, Brian Pelan, Geoffroy Penny, Mirsa Perez, Nicholas Rabkevich, Tyler Reeve, MacKenzie Robertson, Alaina Robins, Brette Rosen, Casey Rugnetta, Joseph Salice, Riley Savercool, Dana Sciacchitano, William Shuford, Caleb Smith, Qiong You.

Grade 8: Eduard Agayan, Ashley Alexander, Connor Almberg, Shawna Baker, Brianne Briggmann, Steven Brisotti, Ramzi Butler Kelly, Miranda Cahill, Ryan Dabrowski, Jacqueline Diaz, Kevin Diffley, Jack DiGregorio, William Esposito, Olivia Finn, Robin Gromadzki, Joshua Hassildine, Hunter Hedges, Marlon Herrera, Benjamin Hinsch, Amanda Hodun, Victoria Ireland, Rony Javier, Lillianna Kiel, Matthew Krauza, Adrianna Lawson, Maddalena Mineo, Lucas Morse, Michael O’Rourke, Marcos Perivolaris, Emilie Reimer, Annalise Schweitzer, Gebriell Sierra, Molly Smith, Abigail Terry, Tyler Webb, Diana West, Kevin Williams, Ryan Zlatniski.

Grade 7: Cassidy Arnzen, Taylor Berkoski, Lawrence Brown, Thomas Chatin, Meghan Corazzini, Tyler Corrigan, Daniel Fedun, Austin Gao, Rocco Genovese, Sarah Goerler, Jacquelin Gonzalez, Ashley Gonzalez, Joseph Graeb, Skyler Grathwohl, Carolyn Hansen, Christina Hatzinikolaou, Katerina Hatzinikolaou, Jeffrey Hauser, Zachary Holmes, Frank Imbriano, Trevor Larsen, Joseph Lisowy, Garrett Malave, Raymond Malo, Kaitlyn McCarthy, Ryan McCaskie, Matthew Mehalakes, Andreana Mineo, Ryan Mowdy, Daniel Nugent, Kristina Olsen, Michael Onufrak, Artemis Pando, Brianna Perino, Ryan Reilly, Thomas Riley, Randy Salvitti, Miranda Sannino, Benjamin Savercool, Timothy Schmidt, Kendrick Schneider, Samuel Shaffery, Greg Sheryll, Samantha Smilovich, Joseph Tardif, Mia Vasile-Cozzo, Fredric Visser III, Rachel Voegel, Matthew Wells.

Commended Students
Grade 12: Erik Kopf.
Grade 10: John Schultz.
Grade 9: Jocelyne Salvador.
Grade 8: Joseph Cavanagh, Nicholas Noormae.
Grade 7: Darius Brew, Zachary Bokina, Shane Uher.

02/19/11 2:39pm
02/19/2011 2:39 PM

The Mattituck-Cutchogue School District will likely spend $1.3 million below what’s budgeted this year, but district officials say the governor’s assertion that districts have enough reserve funds to make up for state aid cuts is false.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2011  budget would slash Mattituck’s state aid by about $424,000. In addition, the district must pay $400,000 more into the state employee retirement fund next year, and also faces contractual increases in salaries and other increased operating expenses, Superintendent James McKenna said during Thursday’s school board meeting.

If the district taps its fund balance to keep taxes from rising, there will be little left to cover unforeseen expenses in years to come, Mr. McKenna added.

Mattituck’s draft 2011-12 budget is to be released during a March 8 special meeting. Late last year Mr. McKenna said the new budget will call for the elimination of 10 jobs. He did not say how many of them might be teachers.

The district has done a good job keeping spending below the budget in recent years, and has already tightened its belt to the point where it will not be able to replenish the fund balance by further spending reductions, Mr. McKenna told the board.

In addition, he said $200,000 of the current fund balance is attributed to three long-time teachers taking advantage of an early retirement incentive last summer, a windfall that came after this year’s budget passed and is not likely to be repeated.

The district used $900,000 in fund reserves to offset the tax rate hike in the current school year’s budget.

Mr. McKenna did note that a much-rumored 2 percent property tax cap proposed by the governor will likely not be passed by the state Legislature in time to affect the 2011-12 school budget.

Still, he said, the district must consider long terms needs when deciding how to spend its anticipated reserve funds in light of the likelihood that the cap will pass later this year.

“At some point … there’ll be nothing left,” Mr. McKenna said.

He added in an interview Friday that the drastic choices some school districts have had to face — including the layoff of a third of the teaching staff at the Sachem School and the 40 staff positions proposed to be cut in Riverhead — could force the legislature to examine other school reforms in conjunction with the tax cap. They include reworking the state pension system, providing relief from unfunded mandates and picking up more of districts’ special education costs.

“I think the state’s not going to let the districts fall off the cliff,” he said. “My prediction is that what’s going to happen is all these topics are going to be on the table.”

In other business, school officials gave tours Thursday of the district’s new Mac lab, which has 60 new Macintosh computers in two rooms in the upstairs technology rooms where the school’s morning TV show is taped.

Technology teacher John Roslak and technology director Gerri Doherty have been working to allow all the computers in the lab to interface seamlessly with one another. While the computers are able to “talk to each other,” Mr. Roslak said that it hasn’t been easy for people using the computers to transfer their knowledge of PCs to the Macs.

“The terminology is totally different,” he said. “You have to learn almost a different language.”

The computers also use different programs. Students had been editing video using FinalCut Pro on the PCs, but are gradually learning to use the Adobe Premiere video editing program on the Macs, though Mr. Roslak said that many students are having a hard time making the adjustment to the new programs.

School Board president Jerry Diffley commented that social media sites, long belittled by many as a waste of time, have now begun to play a major role in world events, such as the recent revolution in Egypt, making it more important than ever that students leave Mattituck with a broad-based knowledge of how computers work.

“Every corporation is going to this technology,” said assistant superintendent Anne Smith. She added that many college courses now require students to complete part of their coursework through internet communications.

“It’s not to be taken lightly,” said Mr. Roslak of the new technology, as he listed a number of his former students who are now working in television production and computer design-related fields. “To communicate visually is so important.”

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01/21/11 1:52pm
01/21/2011 1:52 PM

SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO | Stuart Rachlin.

The day after the Oysterponds Board of Education banned Dr. Stuart Rachlin from accepting a job as part-time superintendent in Wainscott, the part-time Oysterponds  superintendent went to work for . . .  Wainscott.

“We hired him in good faith and he appeared in good faith and whatever goes on between him and Oysterponds, we don’t have a clue,” said Wainscott Board of Education president Nancy McCaffrey in an interview Friday.

A rumor was circulating in the Oysterponds community that Dr. Rachlin had agreed to work without compensation for the Wainscott District through the end of the 2011 semester in June. But Ms. McCaffrey said, “That’s news to me.” The Wainscott board hired Dr. Rachlin at $48,000 a year pro-rated for the current school year.

On Jan. 18, the Oysterponds Board of Education voted 5-1 to prohibit Dr. Rachlin from taking the Wainscott job. Board members said a clause in the superintendent’s 2007 buyout agreement requires him to obtain permission from the district before negotiating with any other school system.

Oysterponds board members said they won’t release him from that provision unless he agrees to renegotiate his buyout, which currently provides him a full-time salary for part-time work through the end of June, with a $100,000 payout for the last year of his contract that was to expire in June 2012.

“The board voted clearly and we’re now in discussion with counsel,” said Oysterponds Board of Education president Deborah Dumont.

Dr. Rachlin couldn’t be reached for comment.

01/04/11 7:21pm
01/04/2011 7:21 PM

Dr. Stuart Rachlin, who just negotiated a $100,000 buyout of his contract as superintendent of Oysterponds Union Free School District, is one of two finalists for a position as part-time superintendent of the Wainscott School District.

Dr. Rachlin and George Aman of East Hampton are vying to replace Dominic Annacone, who is retiring from the district after 14 years. Both are to participate in an informational public meeting Wednesday  and the Wainscott Board of Education is expected to make a selection by Jan. 15.

Although the position was advertised as paying between $45,000 and $50,000, there’s no additional information on salary. The candidate tapped for the job would be expected to work two days a week, just as Dr. Annacone did, and be available as needed, according to board president Nancy McCaffrey.

Dr. Rachlin and the Oysterponds Board of Education negotiated for several months to end his full-time contract with the district as of Dec. 31, 2010.
This month, interim principal Joan Frisicano began at Oysterponds and Dr. Rachlin is required to work 20 hours a week and be available to the board as needed.

The plan calls for that schedule to continue until June or until a new principal and superintendent are hired. How this arrangement would be affected if Dr. Rachlin were to be chosen by Wainscott is unclear.