Notes from the Haldane School Board

Select items from Aug. 16 meeting

By Christine Sparta

At the Haldane Board of Education meeting on Aug. 16, Robert Hoffmann, managing director for R.A. Hoffmann Engineering in Brewster, reported that the majority of the district’s steam piping, including some dating to 1928, is in good working condition, which should bring down the estimated cost of repairs.

In other business:

  • The board accepted the resignation of Anthony Showah, the district’s student support specialist, who took a job closer to his home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. A search is underway to find his successor. Guidance counselor Carol Storey also informed the board she plans to retire in December.
  • Patricia O’Rourke was appointed as a special education teacher in the middle school, and the board voted to establish the position of arts coordinator to serve as a liaison with the Arts Alliance.
  • Superintendent Philip Benante suspended a plan to redirect the traffic flow on campus. “I am concerned with the manner in how this decision was made,” he wrote in a letter to parents. He also noted that students should not be dropped off on Mountain Avenue and that Locust Ridge is one-way from 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on school days.
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