Story by Janmarie Foschini
Sarah Hadden, who currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in the Greenwood Lake School District was appointed as the Superintendent at the Greenwood Lake School Board meeting held on Wed., Sept. 26. This appointment will take affect starting in July 2019. The current Superintendent, Dr. Steven Cohen, has served the District for two years and plans to retire in June 2019.
Under Dr. Cohen’s leadership, Greenwood Lake has made great strides in school security and student enrichment opportunities, including Explorations, the expansion of extracurricular clubs, and the Summer Academy.
“Dr. Cohen’s hallmark on our District will be the increased focus on community and students. Through Board workshops on security and testing, Dr. Cohen gave the community a voice. The Summer Academy and Explorations were two programs developed under his leadership that allowed all students to partake in extracurricular activities. We wish him well in his retirement,” said School Board President Susan Selser.
Selser added, “By making this decision now, we are confident the transition will be as seamless as possible for our students, staff, and community. Over the past six years, Sarah Hadden has proven herself to be an effective communicator, a supporter of teachers, and an advocate for all our students. As a Board, we believe she is the ideal person for taking on this role in our District.”
Hadden responded, “I am extremely honored and excited to have been asked to step forward into the position of Superintendent. Greenwood Lake is an incredibly special community and I truly love coming to work each day with the faculty and staff of this District. The students here always have a smile on their face and I have built relationships with many students and their families that I know will last for years to come. I believe in my heart that as a District, we have developed the very best K-8 program in the county. Prioritizing a student-centered approach, through a Spanish language program, Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum, and the Explorations initiative, has placed our District ahead of the educational curve in our region. I look forward to being a part of this outstanding District for many years to come.”
Hadden then gave a presentation on the Exploration Program. Explorations began last school year for both schools and will continue this school year. This program allows students to choose a class that interests them, thus giving them hands on experiences, learning new skills, trying something new. She said that the feedback from staff and students was “absolutely fantastic from beginning to end.”
The program was previously taught on half days but this year it will be incorporated more often with new programs being offered. Explorations exposes students to a wide variety of topics, occupations, hobbies, persons, places, and events.
PTSA Vice President Patricia Wark reported that the first PTSA meeting was well attended. The Genevieve Fundraiser is scheduled for Fri., Oct. 5. The annual Trunk or Treat will be held on Sun., Oct. 28. The next PTSA meeting will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. at the G.L. Elementary School, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.
Privilege of the Floor
Patricia Wark thanked Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick for his support on the first eighth grade event. The eighth grade students participated in a kickball game and had pizza and dessert after school. This event was coordinated by parents but supported by Principal Golubchick.
The next School Board meeting will be held on Wed., Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School gymnasium.