Story by Shelley R. Clapper
During the Warwick Valley School Board meeting on Mon., Jul. 11, Superintendent Dr. David Leach told those in attendance that the Warwick Valley Central School District was recognized in the July-August publication of Dirt Magazine as the overall “greenest school district” in the region.
Dr. Leach also provided an update on new projects in the District and spoke about the District’s solar project which will generate approximately 2,919,000 kWh of electricity each year. This historic project is the largest District-owned solar array in the State of New York and will not only provide significant savings to the District but will also reduce the carbon footprint.
Award of Excellence
The School Board congratulated Park Avenue Elementary School teacher Cathy Hobart for being selected as a recipient of the Mid-Hudson School Study Council Award of Excellence–2017 Dean’s Award in Excellence in Teaching from SUNY New Paltz.
“This event, and the honor awarded to Mrs. Hobart will be a source of pride for Park Ave. and the District as we begin a new school year,” said Dr. Leach.
During the re-organizational meeting that preceded the business meeting, Dr. Leach administered the Oath of Office to the District Clerk Susan Laroe for the term of the 2017–18 school year.
Laroe then administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected School Board member John Garcia as well as re-elected Board members Robert Howe and Dory Masefield. Annamaria Costa, the new student member on the Board who is a senior at the Warwick H.S., also took the oath of office.
Lynn Lillian was nominated and re-elected as School Board President and Sharon Davis was nominated and reelected as the Board Vice President for the upcoming school year.
The Board designated the Warwick Valley Dispatch, the Warwick Advertiser and the Chronicle as the District newspapers for 2017-18.
Professional Development Workshop
Dr. Leach reported that a three-day “Summer Curriculum Academy” for faculty members had taken place at the Warwick Valley Middle School. Leach said that the workshop had given the approximate 160 teachers in attendance the opportunity to create curriculum maps and develop performance tasks. He said that the new program format included a keynote presentation and choices of several “mini-lesson” workshops each day. The sessions also exposed teachers to the latest in educational research.
Teachers were also able to attend mini-lessons on, “How to infuse technology into their instruction,” which included the use of Nearpod, G-Classroom and Smart Notebook as well as other Google tools. Dr.Leach said that faculty response to the new format for this professional development program was very positive.
“Many felt the experience allowed time for collaboration and deeper discussions than the school day allows,” said Dr. Leach.
Farmworker Summer School
A Farmworker Summer School is taking place for seven weeks this summer. About 40 children from the Warwick School District and another 50 other children from the neighboring school districts – Minisink, Goshen and Florida are participating. At the school a meal is provided and a daily recreation program is included.
Next Board Meeting
The next school board meeting will be held on Mon., Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, located at 225 West St., Warwick.