"Mr. Parisi demonstrates strong leadership qualities and has proven his commitment to our students through his role as assistant principal in the high school," states Superintendent Robert Christmann.
Superintendent Robert Christmann said Sauer was suspended by the district last week.
"We have no reservations about the decision," said Christmann
, who declined to offer a reason for the suspension, which came after the Sept. 10 start of the team's season.
His spot at the helm of the cross-country team is being held by middle school science teacher Craig Davis, who Christmann said stepped in on 24 hours notice.
What we are not doing is filling it just to fill it," Christmann
should not be forced to withdraw from any events as a result of the resignation, Christmann
said, with the possible exception of the Manhattan Invitational in October in New York City.
n other business
• The board approved the district's Annual Professional Performance Review plan.
In line with the state Education Department, the review will rate teachers and principals on a scale of 0-100.
It will use a combination of standardized test scores, observations and other methods to arrive at a numeric rating, which will then be used to label the employee ineffective, developing, effective or high effective.
• The board scheduled a session Nov. 21 to discuss district efforts to prevent bullying.
While acknowledging that bullying occurs daily, Christmann
said everyone who works in the district is dedicated to eradicating it, and he
hopes that students and parents will speak up if they hear of any incidents.
"We will do something.
It's not acceptable.
It needs to stop yesterday," he
Message from School Superintendent Robert Christmann
Superintendent Robert Christmann said that major expenditures such as salaries, health insurance and retirements are slated to climb by $2.56 million for 2011-12.
Those two factors mean that the district's budget process begins with a $4.76 million gap in funding, he
said, which could result in "astronomical changes for schools."
The governor's suggestions for filling budget holes included drawing from reserve accounts, but that's unrealistic because most of Grand Island's
roughly $13 million in reserve money is earmarked for specific purposes, including capital projects, Christmann
Cuomo also mentioned freezing teacher salaries, but school districts are unable to do so due to contractual obligations, which Christmann
cited as one of the hundreds of mandates from the state that leaders in Albany fail to pay for.
"Give us the authority to do that, and we'll be glad to do that," Christmann
said about freezing salaries.
With no other changes in year-to-year spending, Grand Island
would face a 20 percent tax rate hike in 2011-12.
stressed that such an increase is not an option, the district wouldn't be able to pass any tax hike that could actually help if Cuomo's proposed tax rate cap of 2 percent passes.
Christmann said that 2 percent figure is closer to 0 percent due to the language of the tax cap law, which states that any tax rate increase above the cap limit would have to be approved by 60 percent of district voters.
A 2 percent tax rate hike in Grand Island
would generate about an additional $500,000, he
Failing a tax rate increase, the district would be left with little option other than to cut spending - and, with 80 percent of the district's budget paying for salaries, staff members would likely be the first target, said Christmann
, who declined Monday to speculate how many staffers could be affected.
By Robert W. Christmann