The BOE meeting was held on January 14. It opened its session with an athletic achievements ceremony. Some teams were traveling to their games that evening, but majority of teams were present. Since not all team members would fit in the HS library, students were waiting in the hallway. They were called in to receive a certificate and pose for a team picture. After they cleared the room, next team was called in.
Once the athletic ceremony was over and team parents left, Mr. Caputo recapped educational proposals governor Cuomo outlined in his State of the State speech on January 9. (You can find his recapped proposals and link to the transcript of his speech in this post). Malverne school district will closely follow the development of said proposals.
Mr. Colaitis mentioned the upcoming budget meetings and invited everyone to attend them. The fact that the district 12 (MUFSD) is very small and has only few businesses was reiterated several times during the meeting.
Ms. Ricca recapped the Parent Academy held on 1/9/14. (I recapped the event in a post). A video montage of photos and slides documenting the event was projected, but the frames were rolling in such a fast sequence that the video had no informative value, just a music score. On the contrary, the video that followed, documenting the use of technology at Davison and H.T. Herber schools relayed well the intended message.
The school board discussed and voted on issues remaining from December meeting which was canceled due to inclement weather. Among others, two district residency appeals were granted, one was denied. After the procedural matters were resolved the public was invited to address the board.
Mr. Alexander questioned the amount of time allocated to study halls. He was assured the study halls are kept at minimum. They are also result of scheduling conflicts, and sometimes students are not interested in taking more courses than those mandated by the NYSED, he was told.
Ms.Bailey questioned if police can remove a student from the school without a parent being present. She was told the district doesn’t have a say in this matter. When police presents proper paperwork, they remove the student. The school, of course, notifies the parent about the fact.
A parent reported that the PSAT results were sent directly to her 14-year old daughter. She expressed concern over school’s direct communication with her daughter. The school officials will look in to it. They haven’t heard of a similar case.
I offered help with reviving a wellness group consisting of individuals interested in researching topics of nutrition and sport who would post related information on district website. I was referred to Mr. Caputo who took over the wellness committee after Mr. McDaid.
A parent reported that the district database revealed student’s personally identifiable information in several instances. The officials welcomed the forthcoming information and would resolve the matter immediately.