Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Warwick School Board met for their business meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on Mon., Oct. 17 at the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center.
School Superintendent Dr. David Leach, spoke about the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit that was at the Warwick Valley High School on Wed., Sept. 28 and Thurs., Sept. 29.
“It was an extraordinary onsite experience for our high school students,” said Dr. Leach. “It was a high-tech 53 foot tractor trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit…A poignant reminder of that tragic day.”
Dr. Leach also said that he was very proud to hear from the firemen and policemen at the exhibit who said that the Warwick students are exemplary in their strong engagement and respect for their community.
Service of Solitary & Healing
Dr. Leach, along with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Services James Yap, School Board member David Eaton and members of the Warwick community, attended the gathering of “Solidarity and Healing” at the Beth Shalom Jewish Cemetery, located at 108-152 Spanktown Rd. in Warwick, on Sun., Oct. 16.
A service was held in response to the recent defacement of the Jewish cemetery with Nazi slogans. Dr. Leach praised Rabbi Rebecca Shinder of Temple Beth Shalom for her leadership throughout this difficult time and said that the event became a teachable moment about tolerance and respect for the students.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were personally affected by this,” said Dr. Leach.
Partnering with the Village for the 150th Anniversary
The Village of Warwick will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017 and Dr. Leach announced plans as to how the School District will partner with the community in the celebrations including: students will vote on a village flower, bird and tree; there will be a student essay contest on the question, “What do you think Warwick will look like 50 years from now?”; the school will build a School District float; and there will also be a Valentine’s Day community dance at the Park Avenue Elementary School.
The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Mon., Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, located at 225 West St. Ext. in Warwick.
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