RYE BROOK, N.Y. With news of Blind Brook School District Athletic Director James Spano's retirement hitting the Rye Brook community, members of the public expressed desire to eliminate the full-time position from the 2012-13 budget as a money-saving measure.
Spano, who became the districts first athletic director six years ago, has been a Rye Brook schools employee for more than 30 years. Rye Brook resident Dick Hubert requested, among others, that the board take Spano's retirement as an opportunity to reexamine the necessity of the position.
"Blind Brook was perfectly capable without a director of athletics prior to Spano," Hubert said. "There should be a reexamination of whether a part-time director of athletics will do and whether or not there's a major budget savings staring you in the face."
Board of Education member Jeff Diamond agreed with Hubert and other members of the public.
"I agree it is an opportunity and I do think we should look at all the options before making a decision," Diamond said. "I don't think we'll doing anything in a hasty matter. We will look at all the options."
Board President Sheri Zarkower said the board has requested that Superintendent William Stark provide them with a list of options moving forward. Originally the board hinted that public discourse on the subject could take place as early as next Monday, but Board member Steven Kaplan said it may take longer than one week to survey all the options.
"Next Monday night might be a bit premature," Kaplan said. "We first have to give the administration time to put together different models and we need time to digest them first, so while it's possible, I think we should take the time that we need. We want the position to be done right."
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