Story by Christina Hedding
At the monthly meeting of the Florida Union Free School District on Thurs., Oct. 20, Superintendent Jan Jehring gave a presentation to the Board in honor of School Board Recognition Week.
Jehring was joined by children from the Florida School District who came to honor the Board members with a rading of a book titled, “What Do You Do with an Idea?”
The student presenters were Chris Beattie, Nick Campana, Kelly Sgombick, Shannon Sgombick and Colin Birch. After passing the book around and reading the story aloud, the students gave each of the Board members a book to take home and read. The books will be donated to the Florida Public Library in honor of the Board of Education.
Board member John Redman said after the presentation, “This is why we do what we do.” Motioning to the students, most of whom were children of the present board members, he added, “We do it for them.”
Eagle Scout Project Proposal
Another presentation during this month’s Board meeting came from Senior Patrol Scout, Vincent Palacino, who presented a proposal to the Board for his Eagle Scout project. Palacino, who has participated in Boy Scouts for over ten years, presented a proposal to the Board to replace the old S.S. Seward bulletin sign in the front of the school building with a new, modern LED sign.
Palacino said he would work with Lewis Signs, a local company which helps one boy scout a year with an Eagle Scout project. He continued to say that the LED sign could be controlled from the school electronically and could help announce games and school activities to students as well as to the public. Palacino said that this project was a way he could give back to the community and his school at the same time and that was important to him.
After his proposal, the Board members raised a few questions. Board member John Redman asked Palacino what the possible cost of the project would be? Palacino answered, saying the kit to replace the old sign with a new one would possibly be between $4,000 and $6,000, depending on the size. Redman also suggested that before Palacino moved forward with the project that he look into the Town of Warwick local laws in regard to LED signs. Palacino said he would check it out.
Board member Robin Fraser asked if the final sign design would be presented to the Board before it is installed. Palacino said the design of the sign would stay the same for the most part but the plastic interchangeable letters would be replaced with an LED sign board. He also stated that he would build a raised flower bed around the sign to add to its transformation.
Lastly, Board member Tim Beattie offered to help with the project in any way he could and said that when Paladino began fundraising for the sign, he should reach out to Beattie’s company and they would donate to the project as well.
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