Story by Janmarie Foschini
Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen opened the Greenwood Lake School Board meeting on Wed., Aug. 22, reporting that the ribbon cutting for the Middle School Garden was a success. Approximately 40 people attended the event, which took place at the Middle School prior to the Board meeting.
Dr. Cohen passed on a message from Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick, who thanked the Board for all their help and support making the garden successful at the middle school.
The Superintendent also said that the administration and staff have been busy preparing for opening day and they were thanked for all of their hard work this summer. The administration and teachers were also thanked for their hard work planning and setting the curriculum for the coming year.
The Summer Academy is complete and was very successful. Plans for a more successful program next year are already underway.
The Board approved the Tax Levy/Tax Rolls during the meeting.
Security enhancements continue to increase at both the Elementary and the Middle Schools. Beginning in September, both schools will have both a full time security guard and a full time Police Officer stationed in the schools.
Board President Susan Selser stressed that the top priority has always been and always will be keeping the schools safe. Schools will remain a lock in, which means the public cannot enter without proper identification and must pass through security.
The Board approved clubs for both schools for the upcoming school year. Some of the new clubs in the Elementary School include: Book Club, Techno Club, and Exercise Club. New clubs for the Middle School include: History and Debate, Sewing Club, and Meditation and Mindfulness.
The Board accepted the resignation of Middle School Guidance Counselor Matthew Friedler. A replacement search is currently underway.
The Board also accepted the resignation of Elementary School Teacher Allison Asher. The Board wished Allison well as this is also a big loss to the District.
The Board accepted the resignation of Rachelle Harmer as Claims Auditor. Rachelle had been the claims auditor for the past 10 years. The Board wished her well in her retirement.
Village Liaison Report
Village of Greenwood Lake Trustee Katheleen Holder recapped the final events of the summer. The End of Summer Bash will be held on Sat., Sept. 8. The Beach Party and Boat Parade, food drinks, music, and a day of fun is set. PaddlePoloozza will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the Boat Parade at 5 p.m. More information can be found on the Village Facebook Page.
The next School Board meeting will be held on Wed., Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.