August 22, 2012


City BOE fills vacant board seat

62-year-old will serve remaining 1-year term, brings education experience to position

Staff Reporter

The city Board of Education appointed Bill Stark of Cortland to fill its vacant seat Tuesday, bringing its membership back to seven members.
Stark, 62, of 176 Groton Ave., replaces Paul Klinger, who resigned in June with one year left on his term, to start an olive oil import business.
Stark will fill the term until the board election next year. The seat will be up for election as a three-year term in May.
Stark said he thought his two children, Jeffrey and Jennifer, received an excellent education in the city schools and wanted “to be part of ensuring that continues.”
A Syracuse native, he graduated from Westhill High School and served for many years as director of facilities for the North Syracuse Central School District.
He then was a district manager for Sodexo Inc., which manages food service operations and other services for colleges and schools.
He said his district stretched from Nova Scotia to New Jersey, encompassing New England and parts of northern New York.
“I’ve lived here for 27 years,” he said. “I drove about 1,500 miles per week.”
Stark was chosen from three applicants for Klinger’s seat. He is not related to board member Janet Griffin, who is from a different Stark family.
Tuesday’s meeting was the first for Superintendent of Schools Michael Hoose since he took over last week from John Lutz, interim superintendent. Lutz served through the summer after Larry Spring left in May to become superintendent of the Schenectady city district.
In other action, the board approved a fee plan for public use of Cortland Junior-Senior High School athletic facilities, which were renovated last year as part of the district’s $41.6 million capital project.
The field rental fee will be $50 per hour per field, rising to $500 per day. After that, other fees will apply to custodial work, a public address announcer, lighting and athletic trainers.
Board President Alane Van Donsel said organizations wanting to use Moiseichik Stadium and other fields will need to submit a certificate of insurance and other paperwork.
The athletic director and director of business services will be in charge of approving all requests. Any financial proceeds will go to the Athletic Booster Club.
Hoose said the fee schedule, developed by Lutz based on research into what colleges and schools in the region charge, will allow the district to attract sectional and state athletic competitions.
Hoose said one principal job at Cortland Junior-Senior High School remains open and will likely be filled by an interim appointment when the school year starts on Sept. 5.
The school is managed by Executive Principal Gregory Santoro and three principals, one for each pair of grades.
The position for grades nine and 10 is vacant.
The school had been managed the past two school years by principals for grades seven through nine and 10 through 12, with a dean of students who monitored attendance and discipline related to it.


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