Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake School Board meeting on Wed., Aug. 8 began with a discussion about school security. The Board debated whether to have both a security guard and a Police Officer on staff in the buildings at the same time or staggering the times they are in the buildings.
Talks to ensure security for before and after school activities as well as evening and weekend events are also underway. Security suggestions included key card access for authorized coaches, etc. The Board will continue their discussion further and reach a mutual decision on the topic at the next Board meeting.
Resignation & Appointment
The Board accepted the resignation of Middle School Spanish teacher Jessica Robb. School Board President Susan Selser, along with the entire Board, wished her the best. A search is currently underway for a replacement.
Maria Ronne was appointed as a Special Education Teacher .
Dianne Connolly Welcomed as Elementary School Principal
Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen, along with the Board, welcomed Dianne Connolly as the Elementary School Principal. Connolly stated that she is very excited to be Principal and can’t wait to get started. She is proud to be part of this wonderful team and looks forward to working closely with administrators and the Board this coming year.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Technology and Instruction, Sarah Hadden, created a presentation for the Board regarding Elementary and Middle School Clubs for the 2018-19 school year. New and existing clubs in both schools were proposed, including the homework club for the Elementary School; Paws to Reading, which includes elementary students reading to dogs; and Middle School clubs such as cooking, sewing and yearbook. The Board found the presentation very informative and will vote on all clubs at the Wed., Aug. 22 meeting
Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick gave a presentation on developing an Advisory Program for middle school students for the 2019-20 school year. This is taught daily by staff as part of the regular school day schedule and will teach students how to think about achieving and reaching goals, building character skills and how to overcome hurdles. The Board thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and is looking forward to moving forward and developing this program.
Communication to Parents
During the meeting, the Board said that communication of important information will be through messenger email to all parents.
The next Board meeting will be held on Wed., Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Greenwood Lake Elementary School gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.