The Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education is expected to vote tonight on whether to use the planned February vacation break as classroom make-up time due to school days lost during super storm Sandy.
The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria, is also the first official board meeting for the Dr. Vincent Butera, the district’s new school superintendent.
Patch readers have indicated through article comments and Facebook posts that they are overwhelmingly against changing the vacation break schedule, though a Patch poll indicates 61 percent of respondents would send children to school if vacation is used for classroom time.
In a letter sent to parents on November 28, former interim school chief Neil Lederer indicated that district was considering using four of the five vacation days, with Feb. 18 as a holiday for President’s Day and told parents to plan accordingly.
An agenda for tonight’s meeting also indicates the board will accept the 2011-2012 independent audit report conducted by Cullen & Danowski, award a five-year lease of a sixteen passenger school bus and approve an agreement with SCOPE Education Services to hire Cramer Harrington as a consultant to perform personnel/human resource services review at a fee of $750 per day for 30 days not to exceed $22,500.
A potential new business discussion topic could be the absolution of a current administrative job and creation of a new administration job title as well as appointing an Executive Director of Personnel, Athletics, Physical Education and Health.
That resolution was tabled at the BOE’s last meeting. In response to a media request by Patch for information on those personnel positions, Patch was asked to file a Freedom of Information request and is awaiting that information.