Garrison School Superintendent Search Continues

Colucci on track to retire at year’s end

By Pamela Doan

The Garrison Union Free School Board of Education began their meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, with a closed executive session to discuss matters related to the superintendent search, according to Superintendent Gloria Colucci. The board has extended the search into the new year to ensure full community participation. In a November letter from Raymond O’Rourke, board president, the board announced that too many advisory committee members had difficulty with the original timeline because it was so close to the holidays. Colucci said that the board is considering candidates now for an interim superintendent. Colucci will retire Dec. 31.

At their meeting Nov. 20, Colucci informed the board that none of the seventh and eighth grade girls wanted to play basketball due to small class sizes and interest in other activities. Sixth grade girls are not eligible. To open up an opportunity, it was announced at this meeting that an intramural girl’s basketball team for sixth through eighth grades would be formed this winter.

In other business, the board approved refunds for homeowners whose property values were inflated and consequently paid higher taxes. The Small Claims Assessment Review included one property over a three-year period and another for 2013. The board also approved a Cooperative Bidding Agreement with BOCES for new network copiers. The agreement will save the district a considerable amount of money since the state doesn’t currently have a contract.