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Two new members joined the Barrington School District Board of Education during its annual reorganization meeting Monday night before the board moved on to accept a teacher’s resignation, discuss school security, receive an audit report and more.
Incumbent Michael Drumm and new members Sherry Chin-Glaser and Mark Correa were sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, after which Drumm was re-elected board president and Carla Bolling was re-elected vice president.
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As part of the reorganization, the board established committee memberships, set meeting dates and appointed several representatives to other governing bodies.
Following the reorganization meeting, the board started a regular session during which time it accepted the resignation of Avon School first-grade teacher Melissa Avery on or about March 5. The resignation was Avery’s decision; no further details were available.
The board also heard from Superintendent Anthony Arcodia about the district’s efforts to increase student and teacher safety after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Arcodia noted he met with law enforcement, maintenance and others in the wake of the shooting to discuss potential changes in procedures.
He also collected ideas from school staff, he said, and he will meet again with law enforcement next week to discuss which ideas make the most sense for the district.
He noted that he asked for increased police presence during the lunch and recess period when children are outdoors. The Barrington Police Department agreed to provide that presence starting this week.
Inverso & Stewart LLC delivered its annual audit of the district’s finances to the board during the meeting Monday.
The district had a “very good year,” the auditor noted, explaining it is “well positioned for capital projects and payment of debt,” having collected slightly more than expected and expended slightly less than budgeted.
During his presentation to the board, Business Administrator Samuel L. Dutkin noted repairs had been made to the fence separating the parking area from the playground, as previously discusses, making the area more secure.
He also noted there have been discussions with PSE&G regarding potentially replacing outdated lighting fixtures at Avon and Woodland schools that may save the district money almost immediately.
He noted these efforts might also help make Woodland School’s gym brighter, at which time board members asked about possibly getting a new scoreboard for the Woodland Gym. Further discussion is expected on these items.
Dutkin and the board also settled on 7 p.m. March 26 as the time for a public hearing on the proposed 2013-2014 school budget.