EDGEMONT, N.Y. – Standing ovations are rare at board of education meetings, but that's what happened Tuesday night in Edgemont as the 50-plus people in attendance rose up to show their appreciation for retiring Edgemont Junior-Senior High School teacher aide Mary Mikrut.
Mikrut's resignation due to retirement was accepted by the board "with regret and great appreciation," according to Superintendent Nancy Taddiken, who presented the 29-year aide with a floral bouquet. Mikrut said she had planned to work until she was 89, but couldn't quite make it, falling short by five years. She said she hoped she could make it up by volunteering at the school.
"One of the privileges I have as superintendent is the privilege to recommend to the board of ed that the people who have been here and who have met expectations usually over a three-year period would earn tenure," Taddiken said. "It is with absolutely no hesitation that I present this tenure award to Mary Mikrut for 29 years of outstanding service to the students and faculty of the Edgemont Union Free School District, and upon recommendation of the superintendent of schools, I would like the board to approve Mary Mikrut's tenure appointment in the area of amazing people."
The board approved by acclamation.
Also Tuesday night, the board approved the appointment of Doron Markus as secondary assistant principal of Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High, approved four new clubs and accepted gifts from the PTA, PTSA and E-Club.
The board also took questions and comments from the audience regarding plans for the upcoming budget. Several people spoke in favor of a budget that exceeds the state's new 2 percent tax levy cap and, school officials said, preserves the quality of an Edgemont education. There were also suggestions to go to the community for ideas to raise large amounts of money to supplement the school budget.
"This is a very successful school district, and we have some very successful alumni," said board member Thomas McCormick. "I like the idea a lot. The alumni are a resource we haven't tapped into a lot. This would be very helpful."
The board plans to hold a budget study session from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High School Large Group Instruction room. The board will also hold regular meetings at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the same location.