Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake School District Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen announced at the School Board meeting on Wed., Apr. 18 that tenure has been granted to teaching assistant Cheryl Prall, who began her employment as a teaching assistant in a leave replacement.
“Due to her positive attitude, excellent work ethic and contributions to the District, Cheryl was offered a permanent teaching assistant position in April 2015. Cheryl is always willing to go the extra mile and is an asset to the District. It is a pleasure to grant Ms. Prall tenure,” stated Dr. Cohen.
Board Adopts 2018-19 Budget
Dr. Cohen presented the proposed 2018-19 school budget to the Board, asking them to vote on the adoption of the budget in the amount of $26,644,165.
In his presentation, Dr. Cohen included a variety of key facts and elements including the following:
- Preserve existing programs.
- Enhance District technology.
- Provide additional RTI and ESL Support.
- Proposed budget complies with tax levy limitations.
- Maintain continuity of instruction such as Readers Workshop and Writers Workshop.
Proposed additions to the 2018-19 budget include:
- ELL (English Language Learner) teacher.
- Special education teacher.
- Additional coaches.
- Security enhancements.
- Saturday and summer academy.
- Three new school buses.
Board of Education President Michael Buckley announced that there are four Trustee seats up for election. They five candidates running for the Board are Michele Kayser, Barbara McInerney, Ronald Sommer, John Finn, and Thomas O’Brien.
Dates to Remember
A public hearing will be held on Wed., May 2 at 5:30 p.m. on the proposed 2018-19 G.L. School District budget in the Elementary School gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd.
The annual budget vote and School Board election will be held on Tues., May 15 in the G.L. Elementary School gymnasium.
Village Liaison Report
G.L. Village Board liaison Katheleen Holder invited the community to attend the upcoming HoBoken Film Festival. The Festival runs from May 18 through May 24 at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park.
Holder also updated the Board on a new emergency notification system. The Village of Greenwood Lake has adopted CodeRED, a high-speed emergency mass notification service provided by OnSolve LLC to communicate with residents. The system sends telephone calls, text messages, emails, and posts to social media channels to inform residents during an emergency, as well as sending out general updates and messages. All residents living within the Village are encouraged to visit www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll.
Patricia Wark, PTSA Vice President, was unable to attend the meeting but emailed an update for the Board. Upcoming PTSA events include:
- BINGO Night, Fri., Apr. 27 at the G.L. Middle School. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
- “Doughraiser” at Uno Restaurant in Central Valley from May 1 to May 8. Flyers are available on the PTSA Facebook page and will be sent home with students, as well as handed out at bingo night.
- Color Run, Sat., May 19. More information is available on the PTSA Facebook page.
- PTSA will hold a candidate forum for those running for BOE seats. The date is yet to be announced.
Two open seats are up for the PTSA board and three potential candidates are interested in running. The next PTSA meeting will be held on Thurs., May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Tues., May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the G.L. Elementary School gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.