After being elected for a third term to the Quogue Board of Education in an uncontested election in May, Lauren Battista won another vote Tuesday morning as her fellow board members unanimously chose her to serve as the board’s president for the coming school year.
At the board’s annual reorganizational meeting, Ms. Battista, a real estate salesperson, was sworn back into office along with fellow returning board member Barbara Sartorius, who has served on the board since 2009, and newcomer Joyce Flynn. Larry Berman was selected to fill Ms. Battista’s old position as vice president.
During the 8 a.m. meeting in the Quogue School Library, the new board approved appointments to various positions in the district—including treasurers, clerks, auditors and other officers—as well as about a dozen authorizations, many of which applied to Superintendent Richard J. Benson, including his use of a school district cellphone and credit card.
The board also approved a contract with Complete Rehabilitation PT, OT, SLP of the Hamptons, PLLC, a Remsenburg-based company that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology to schools.
According to the contract, Complete Rehabilitation will bill the district for any services provided at the agreed-upon rate, which varies depending on service and ranges from $32 per 30-minute direct group treatment session per child to $200 per initial assessment for out-of-district students.
During his monthly report, Mr. Benson discussed the installation of a motion security camera system throughout the school and the use of a new set of iPads for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.
“That’s the direction we’re going now, kids are really comfortable with the technology,” he said. “The iPads can do as much as our other laptops here. It’s the trend of the future.”