JORDAN — James Froio, Jordan-Elbridge’s new superintendent, had been on the job for just two days and was already getting an accelerated education in recent district history at Tuesday’s special meeting.
Froio took his oath of office at Tuesday’s Jordan-Elbridge Central School District special board of education meeting, along with three new board members, David Gallaro, Lisa Long and Lynnette Zelias.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” he said before the meeting.
The meeting included an executive session, during which the board discussed current litigation and the employment history of particular persons. Froio said the purpose of the meeting was to get the three new board members and him up to speed on the litigation that has transpired in the district.
“This is a special meeting to educate the board members and especially the new board members and myself about the litigation,” he said.
The district’s lawyers, Frank Miller and John Sickinger, as well as former board president Mary Alley and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES superintendent Bill Speck, joined the board for the executive session. Alley, former board vice president Diana Foote and former board member Jeanne Pieklik were no longer board members as of June 30.
Froio said he likely won’t be able to make any determinations about the district’s string of lawsuits anytime soon. He said he will probably have more questions he will need answered before making any decisions.
“No, I don’t envision coming out of this saying, ‘yes, I know exactly what I want to do here,’” he said.
Froio said “slow and steady” is his approach to learning about the district.
Two recent notices of claim have been filed against the district by fired director of operations Paula VanMinos and fired interim superintendent Larry Zacher; the board has appealed a state Supreme Court judge’s determination ordering the district’s fired treasurer back to work; and a lawsuit has recently been filed against the board by Bill Hamilton, suspended assistant superintendent of business
and finance, David Zehner, suspended principal, and Anthony Scro, fired treasurer, concerning Freedom of Information Law requests and VanMinos’ contract.
“I think there is a tendency for other people and for myself to want to run in and fix things and make quick decisions,” he said. “It’s not going to happen quickly.”
Froio said he is getting phone calls already -- both welcoming phone calls and questions. To help field questions, Froio plans to hold two listening sessions at 7 p.m. July 11 and 28 at the Jordan-Elbridge Community Center.
“The listening sessions are going to be an opportunity for everybody to say what’s on their minds,” he said. “It’s not a Q and A. … It will help give me a sense of where the community’s coming from, what their priorities are, what they feel are the issues in the school district.”
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If you go
What: Jordan-Elbridge Central School District Board of Education Reorganizational Meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Where: High school cafeteria