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The Telegram
  • Ilion school district’s APPR plan approved

  • The Ilion Central School District’s annual professional performance review plan has received approval by the New York State Education Department, school Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. told the school board at a meeting Monday.

    He said the plan had been submitted in October and had been revised a number of times before it received final approval.

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  • The Ilion Central School District’s annual professional performance review plan has received approval by the New York State Education Department, school Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. told the school board at a meeting Monday.
    He said the plan had been submitted in October and had been revised a number of times before it received final approval.
    Dr. Marsha Mays-Smith, assistant superintendent of curriculum, planning and technology, gave a presentation to the board, explaining the data that will be used in assessing each teacher’s performance, including teacher observations — one announced and one unannounced — testing data, student data and staff improvement activities related to the New York State United Teachers rubric.
    Mays-Smith said all information will be entered into a computer program, which will generate scores, along with initial drafts of each observation and final summation.
    All calculations will be done by the system, she said, saving time and making for fewer errors.
    “Our principals will not have to be statisticians,” she said.
    Mays-Smith praised the district’s teachers and union leadership for their work on the APPR plan, saying they had been “phenomenal.”
    She said the teachers had agreed to participate in extra staff development on their own, geared toward helping them score well on the NYSUT rubric which will be used in their evaluations.
    “We want to give them the best opportunity to do well before they’re scored,” she said.
    The principals have practiced using the rubric in evaluating teacher performances during workshops at BOCES, according to Remington Elementary School Principal Jeremy Rich.
    “I have a lot of faith that after we work out the kinks, we will end up with an evaluation system that is second to none,” said Tangorra.
    Board member Bonnie Coffin asked what would happen to the APPR plans if voters in the Mohawk and Ilion school districts approve the merger.
    Mohawk’s APPR plan has also been approved, Mohawk Interim Superintendent Gene Beirne reported in a telephone interview.
    Tangorra said Ilion teachers would continue to be evaluated under Ilion’s agreement and Mohawk teachers under Mohawk’s agreement until a new agreement is reached with the combined union.
    In other business, Business Manager Ken Long reported there would be about a 39.5 percent increase in the teacher retirement system costs for the next school year, with the amount rising from 11.84 to 15.5, or 16.5 percent, and the employee retirement system going up about 11 to 12 percent. He expects health insurance costs to rise by about seven percent and salaries, based on the current staff, to rise a little more than two percent.
    “It’s just under $1 million, budget to budget,” he said.
    Long also noted BOCES administrative costs would be rising. With the merger of the Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville school districts, Oppenheim-Ephratah will no longer be a part of Herkimer BOCES. That means the costs will be shared among the other component districts.
    Page 2 of 2 - Tangorra reported he attended the meeting Monday at village hall regarding gun control legislation.
    “This was called by employees to talk about their jobs,” he said
     He expressed support for Remington Arms, calling it an iconic company and noting jobs at the facility had been putting food on the table for area residents for many years.
    “I’m glad they’re there and they deserve our support,” he said.
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