South Orangetown Central School District

Sent via SchoolMessenger email on May 31, 2023

Board with Dr. Culot at appointment meeting

The search is over! The Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Brian Culot, Ed.D. as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1. “After an extensive national search, the Board of Education is excited that Dr. Culot will be our next Superintendent of Schools! Dr. Culot is a proven leader who will lead our district with commitment, compassion and collaboration,” said Board of Education President Dana Stilley, Ph.D.

Board members congratulate Coach Gaine TZHS SO BOTZ team presents to the Board of Education

The Board has been impressed by, and incredibly proud of, the hard work and accomplishments of our District’s students, faculty and coaches/advisors throughout this school year. Earlier this month, the Board recognized Tappan Zee High School’s New York State Champions and hosted a presentation and demonstration by SO BOTZ, TZHS’ FIRST Robotics Competition team.

Board Work in Progress

Budget Vote and Board Election: Thanks to strong community support, the 2023-24 school budget passed with 70% voter approval on May 16. Katie Gravino and Diana Korabel were elected to the Board; their three-year terms will begin July 1, 2023 and end June 30, 2026.

Capital Projects: The District’s architect and construction manager presented an update on upcoming Summer 2023 minor capital work, the Capital Improvements Bond Project, the Smart Schools Bond Project and SOMS Pool Repair. View the presentation here.

Policy: Following final readings, the Board reviewed and unanimously readopted revised Policies 2360 (Minutes) and 5225 (Student Personal Expression) on May 9. First readings were conducted for Policies 6300 (Fund Balance), 6830 (Expense Reimbursement) and 6691 (Capital Assets Accounting). Drafts of a new policy governing school volunteers and existing Policy 8130 – School Safety Plans and Teams are in progress.

Upcoming Meetings/Workshops
Board of Education Meeting/Districtwide Celebrations
June 1 at 7:30PM
Tappan Zee High School Cafeteria

Board of Education Meeting/Workshop
June 15 at 7:30PM
South Orangetown Middle School Library

Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. Be sure to check the District’s e-Backpack webpage for the most up-to-date information.
Board meeting agendas, minutes and audio are posted online at BoardDocs.
Board policies are posted online at BoardPolicyOnline.

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The “Board Brief” is a monthly communication from the South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education.