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Members of the Barrington Board of Education on Monday took a moment to recognize the years of work by outgoing board member Barbara Quattrocchi before moving on to regular business which including setting goals for 2013, approving a plan to repair the fence at Avon School and an announcement of significant savings from bond refinancing.
The board surprised Quattrochi by going off the agenda at the start of the meeting and taking a few minutes to express their gratitude for her efforts.
“The school district is a better place,” Superintendent Anthony Arcodia said in honoring Quattrocchi for her time as a leader of the parent-teacher association and as a school board member. “We are where we are because of the gift you gave.”
Quattrocchi appeared visibly moved by the unexpected recognition.
“It’s been an honor for me to serve the district for so many years,” she said.
Quattrocchi chose not to run for re-election this year. At the next school board meeting on Jan. 7, new members Mark Correa and Sherry Chin-Glaser will begin serving on the board in place of Quattrocchi and former board president Andrew Wood, who resigned in August to take a new job outside of New Jersey.
The board then moved on to regular business, highlighted by Business Administrator Samuel Dutkin’s announcement that the district’s bond refinancing has been finalized, and it will now save the district more than $600,000 over the life of the bond.
When the board chose to refinance, the plan was expected to save the district about $200,000. As interest rates continued to drop, the number was thought to be closer to $400,000. But with the process now complete, Dutkin was able to announce the district will save $614,019.83 through 2029 — or more than $35,000 per year.
In other business, the board: