At the November BOE meeting, the audience was presented with a Halloween video clip the staff made using iPads the district recently purchased. It was followed by a slide presentation that dealt with a program entitled K-SAT Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to start preparing students for the test early and encourage as many of them to take the test.
A program entitled Parent Academy related to data collection was mentioned and will be presented next month. Currently, the district maintains two data systems. One that has been used for some time and a new one that is being implemented as part of the Race to The Top contract. The latter is being implemented in Illinois and New York. It has been deemed controversial because of the sort of data collected and unspecified access by third parties. A lawsuit has been filed in NY a couple days ago against this data system.
The board denied appeals of 3 students to remain within the district schools. The family of one of the students was present and pleaded for mercy. The student has been attending the district schools since the elementary school and is now Senior.
The board denied a transportation request of a student. The board approved amendment to the superintendent contract and an amendment to the employment agreement to the assistant to the superintendent for district operations. The district received a $12.5K grant from Toshiba.
During the public comments, a resident presented the board with data comparing the district to surrounding districts in terms of handling the inclusion classes. He used data found at the NYS ED.