Story by Janmarie Foschini
During the Greenwood Lake School Board meeting on Wed., Jan. 24, Elementary School Principal Maria Boller updated the Board on current events in the school. Third grade students have been on a musical journey, writing a song about the school. The students debuted their song at the Pep Rally, which was held on Fri., Jan. 26. Boller also stated students are doing well with the Positive Behavior Incentive Program (PBSI) program, in which students “fill buckets” with good deeds.
G.L. Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick updated the Board with events going on within the school. The Annual Pep Rally took place on Fri., Jan. 26 at the Middle School. The Kindness Campaign is in full swing as students perform random acts of kindness throughout the day and are encouraged to continue the acts outside of school.
Members of the Student Council were invited to attend the meeting to recap Kindness Week from December. The students and staff exceeded their goal of creating over 1,500 kindness strips. The strips were made into a large kindness chain and were shown off at the Pep Rally and will be displayed throughout the Middle School.
Special Education Presentation
Amy Petrassi, the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, presented the Board with an update on the Special Education Program. A recent parent response questionnaire provided to Greenwood Lake Special Education Parents from NYSED State Reporting indicated a 96.4% positive parental response rate. The NYS Target was 94% and the G.L. District was above the state average. Petrassi stated the Special Education area is progressing well in a less restricted environment and students are thriving.
Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen then led a discussion of the Budget Presentation and the Strategic Education Plan. The staff and student enrollment update was the focus of this month’s budget presentation. Dr. Cohen presented a thorough overview of the current staff and student enrollment as well as projections for staff and student enrollment for 2018-19 school year.
In addition, Dr. Cohen presented the District’s 2014-19 Strategic Education Plan highlighting all the areas that have been accomplished to date. He said this a good time to begin thinking about new District goals for the future and ways to incorporate community involvement within this plan.
Dr. Cohen announced that the District received a perfect fiscal score, which is something to be very proud of, and he commended the District Business Office for their dedication and hard work in making this happen.
Patricia Wark, PTSA Vice President, stated that the PTSA will host a Bingo Night on Fri., Feb. 23 for students and their families. More information will be provided as the event date approaches. The next PTSA meeting will be held
on Thurs., Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria.
Village of G.L. Liaison Report
Trustee Katheleen Holder thanked the Board and the community for their cooperation during the water issues. The work is completed on Well E. The G.L. Winter Classic and Hockey Tournament will take place Sat., Feb. 3 at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. Admission is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase beginning at 7 a.m. The first game will start at 7:30 a.m.
Privilege of the Floor
Toni Elhers and Karen Sahler, teachers from Little Buddies Preschool, thanked Dr. Cohen for stopping by and seeing their students in action. Dr. Cohen stated that he was impressed with the children from Little Buddies.
‘Testing’ Workshop on Jan. 31
The Board will host its second workshop on Wed., Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria. The topic will be “Testing,” and all are invited to attend.
Next Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Board of Education meeting will be held on Tues., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the G.L. Middle School library, located at 1247 Lakes Rd. in Monroe.