BOE Honors Students, Staff and Volunteers

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During its regular meeting on June 12, the Board of Education honored students, staff and volunteers, handing out certificates to all.

The ceremony began with the board congratulating the top three fundraisers for each of their grades during the 19th annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, held at Cherry Lane Elementary School on May 20. A total of $3,241 was raised for the walk, which benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The students honored were kindergartner Chloe Manchester, $126; first-grader Nicholas Monteforte, $442; and second-grader Vincent Natalie, $610.

Cherry Lane Principal Marilyn Manfredi said she was very proud of the students and hopes to involve the entire school district in next year’s walk.


The board continued the evening by honoring retirees, including Rushmore teacher Jeanne Cunningham, MS/HS clerk-typist Debbie Iraci, Rushmore special education teacher Joyce Ragon and MS/HS duplicating machine operator Debra Turkeltaub.


“Their retirement is well-deserved,” said Board President Barry Dennis.

As the district bid farewell to these employees, it welcomed newly tenured staff members, including Cherry Lane ESL teacher Elizabeth Barracato, Rushmore special education teacher Katherine Downey, Rushmore elementary teacher Denise Gullotta, MS/HS special education teacher Brian Krummenacker and MS/HS social studies teacher Jeananne Sullivan.

“Through their dedication and hard work, they were able to earn tenure,” said Dennis.

Next to be honored were volunteers who work with sports teams. These individuals included Alyssa Bruckner, Karl Bruckner, Joshua Christel, Juanita Coutts, Michael Ferreira, Michael Going, Barbara Heslin, Jack Kearney, Dan Marques, Edward Muller, Tricia Nesdill, Jeanne Petti, Deana Tortorici and Michael Vella.

Also recognized was junior Sara Pisani, who was named an All-State player in girls basketball for the third year in a row.  Pisani started playing varsity basketball in eighth grade and is currently captain of one of the top teams in New York State.   

The school board rounded out the evening by thanking Henry Chio, of the Lockhead Martin Corporation, for mentoring and supporting the district’s robotics team.

Chio praised the robotics team as he accepted the honor, saying the students are “really smart and talented.” He also thanked the community for their continued support of the robotics team.