While Southold Town was established more than 350 years ago, one of its public school districts is just now celebrating its 50th birthday this summer. The Oysterponds School District was created in 1966 after the North Fork’s easternmost hamlets, Orient and East Marion, merged their school systems, which were each nearly 90 years old at the time.
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The Oysterponds school board held a budget workshop Tuesday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
The Oysterponds school board has adopted a $5.6 million budget carrying a 1.9 percent spending increase over the current year.
Oysterponds Superintendent Richard Malone at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)
The Oysterponds school board on Tuesday approved putting a proposed $5.5 million budget for the 2014-15 school year up for vote in May, along with two propositions.
If approved by voters, the proposed budget would increase the district’s tax levy — the total money collected by district taxpayers — by 1.93 percent, keeping it under the state-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap. (more…)
Oysterponds school board member Linda Goldsmith (second from right) discusses the veterans tax exemption at Tuesday night’s public hearing. (Photo by Paul Squire)
The Oysterponds school board didn’t take any action on a veterans tax exemption program Tuesday night and decided to reopen the discussion in the spring, meaning the exemption will not be in effect for this year.
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The Oysterponds school board meeting is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Oysterponds school board is expected to vote on contract extensions for Superintendent Richard Malone and principal Joan Frisicano at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
Mr. Malone’s contract is set to expire this summer. He was hired in July 2012 to replace Ms. Frisicano after she resigned as superintendent. About a year later, the district hired her again in June to replace outgoing principal Françoise Wittenburg.
If the extensions are approved, Mr. Malone’s contract will expire June 30, 2016 and Ms. Frisicano’s contract will end June 30, 2015, according to the meeting’s agenda. Both agreements carry an annual 1.5 percent salary increase.
Tuesday night’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. due to tonight’s inclement weather, according to the district’s website.
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Oysterponds School board meeting agenda, Dec. 17, 2013
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The Oysterponds school board has approved an agreement with the state to install new school speed zone signs.
New school speed zone signs are coming to Main Road in Orient near the Oysterponds Elementary School.
Superintendent Richard Malone said during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that the updated signs are needed because he’s seen cars speeding by the elementary school.
The current 30-mph signs are in effect weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The town’s speed limit outside the school zone is 40 mph.
“I think it’s in the wisest interest of the children and parents here,” Mr. Malone said about upgrading the signs.
Timers will be installed to ensure yellow lights flash on the signs while school is in session. There isn’t a plan to install signs that inform drivers how fast they’re traveling, school officials said.
The school board unanimously approved the one-year contract with the state Department of Transportation, which is expected to cost the district $1,252. All work to repair any damage or destruction done to the new signs will be the state’s responsibility, Mr. Malone said.
In other district news, the school board unanimously approved the second phase of the district’s technology infrastructure project. The nearly $68,600 plan includes installing a new network, servers and phone system and adding wireless access points in each classroom. In May, representatives from Switch Technologies of Rocky Point gave a presentation about the school building’s technical infrastructure and suggested the district replace portions of its system.