Rye Schools Award Tenure to 7 Teachers, 2 Administrators

Seven teachers were awarded tenure

Young Talent: On May 24, the District and Board of Education recognized 72 students from elementary to high school who participated in New York State School Music Association solo and ensemble festivals this year. Contributed photo
Published June 7, 2024 2:09 PM
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By Chris Urban

Nine teachers and administrators were recognized for their dedication and contributions to the Rye City Schools at the June 4 Board of Education meeting.

Seven teachers were awarded tenure: Francesca Diamente (engineering teacher, Rye Middle School), Danielle Hulbert (special ed teacher, Milton School), Devon Natale (speech pathologist, Milton School), Lisa Rifas (special ed teacher, Rye Middle School), Marie Smelser (academic intervention services, Osborn School), Vera Tymochko (music teacher, Osborn School), and Kristen Vietro (special ed teacher, Rye High School).

Two administrators also received tenure: Suzanne Short (principal, Rye High School) and Christina Brussich (assistant principal, Milton School).

One of the key approvals was the adoption of a new contract between the school district and the CSEA Teacher Aides/Teaching Assistants Unit. The agreement is effective from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2029.

The Board also accepted a proposal for technology services from Edu Tek Ltd. At an annual cost of $925,000, the services are to be implemented in the 2024-2025 school year, promising upgraded IT services for the district.

The Board approved updates to policies regarding graduation and diplomas for special degrees. One established the maximum age at which students can receive high school diplomas (22) and another ensures that all students, regardless of disabilities, are eligible for the Career Developmental Occupational Studies (CDOS) commencement credential. This credential is separate from a diploma and acknowledges students’ readiness for entry-level employment.

In addition, a new course for Rye High School was announced, called “Skills for Success,” which will focus on executive skills, digital competency, and emotional wellness, preparing students for life beyond school.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18. That meeting will include athletic facilities updates and will be the final board meeting for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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