Tencza, Sassu return as Berlin BOE president, secretary

Published on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 22:46
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The Board of Education recently re-elected its president and secretary.

Matthew Tencza and Kari Sassu were unanimous 9-0 choices to return to their posts for another year.

Tencza, won the top position in 2016, succeeding incumbent President Timothy Oakes, who is still on the board. Gerry Brochu held the job for several years before than.

Kari Sassu was unanimously re-elected to the secretary position, 9-0 as well. Last year was her first as secretary.

The board also reappointed Shipman & Goodwin, of Hartford, as its legal counsel for 2017-18.

In an update, Eva Gallupe, the board’s Director of business operations, reported that Public Building Commission members are interested in signing off on the Berlin High School renovation project.

However, Gallupe explained, vent hoods must still be installed, roof ventilation cracks and leaks must be repaired and other punch-list items remain to be completed.

The project has about $1 million remaining in the budget, but it is unclear what projects will qualify for the state reimbursement the project is receiving, Gallupe said, which prompted board Educational Resources Committee Chairman Jeffrey Cugno to urge caution on the sign-off.

The board also approved a tentative contract agreement with the Berlin Association of Head Custodians for July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2020.

Human Resources Director Denise Parsons said she couldn’t discuss specifics, as the union still has to vote on the deal, but said it does not include major changes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cugno reported that his committee is still analyzing “pay-to-play” for athletics within the district, facility reports and future budget items that may be restructured.

During public comment, Sam Lomaglio, the recently elected chairman of the new Board of Finance, introduced himself, offering an “olive branch” to the board and future opportunity to sign a petition to ask state House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, to consider revising unfunded mandates that affect the Board of Education and the town.

Student representatives Jasmine Nappi and Alexander Halkias, from Berlin High School, reminded school board members that the high school is putting on “Almost Maine” on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 44 were also in attendance, working on earning their citizenship merit badges.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com. On Twitter: @CPaullinNBH.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 22:46. Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2017 22:48.