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December 08, 2016
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ECS: budget, board seat and principal search along with additional information to help the public understand the budget. Contact Thornton at 845/456-1100, ext. 5146, with any questions.

In other matters, ECS superintendent Robert Dufour reported on the status of the search for the new George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School principal. Dufour gave an overview of survey results completed by 243 respondents. Some of the most common responses called for a clear and inspiring vision, a love of children and the ability to relate to them, ability to work well with teachers, a love of teaching, and the creation of a just, fair and caring school culture.

Dufour said that 138 individuals applied for the position and were winnowed down to 16 qualified candidates. He has begun the interview process and will further narrow the pool to three. On May 2, committee-based interviews will begin.

Teachers, support staff, students, community members, parents and administrators will conduct those interviews and complete surveys, which will be collated. The board will interview the final three candidates during the week of May 7. Following the budget vote on May 15, Dufour will make the final recommendation to the board, with an anticipated start date of July 1.

Reiser reported that Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has secured an additional $200,000 of state aid for the district. “Ms. Gunther attributed the funds directly to the financial situation that the district finds itself in due to the return of the money on the tax levy from last year,” said Reiser. “Had Mr. Dufour, Mr. Thornton and myself not met with Aileen and John Bonacic in the fall to discuss our financial situation, we would not have realized this additional money.”

Reiser and Dufour also acknowledged the efforts of ECS faculty association president Zita Yennie, who also met with Gunther.
Clark was a leading proponent of the return of surplus funds to the tax levy last year.