Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 28 September 2012 08:47
The meeting began with the recognition of four high school students who were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference; Michael Banks, Claudia Kolonavic, Victoria Andreotti and Matthew Kolbert will represent the district at the conference, held in the Eastman Theater in Rochester from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria read a statement by their chorus teacher, Ed Norris, who could not attend the meeting, congratulating the students and highlighting their talent. Dr. Joseph Hinton, principal of the high school, presented the students with certificates alongside Dr. Laria, and said, “The passion they bring to their craft is amazing.” He then spoke about how cold it gets in Rochester and addressed the students, saying, “Collectively, you will warm their hearts.”
The board then reviewed the first reading of the new policy pertaining to concussion management, which states that students who have sustained, or are believed to have sustained a concussion will be removed from physical activities and will not be allowed to return to school until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, with written authorization from a physician. Each school in the district will also be required to establish a concussion management team to oversee implementation of the policy.
Trustee David Huggins asked about the possibility of doing brain scans to screen for a baseline; Denise Kiernan, the athletic director, said that software is available and they are looking to implement a screening program between the fall and winter sports seasons this year. Several changes were requested to the policy wording, and a second reading will take place at a future meeting.
The board approved a transportation proposal allowing a neutral outside consultant to perform a bell time and route analysis for efficiency; Kevin Wurtz, deputy superintendent for business, explained that they were looking at staggering start times at the elementary schools as a way to possibly eliminate several buses in order to save money for the district.
Next, a discussion began regarding the adoption of ELA and math performance targets on test scores for grades three through eight. The goal for the district is to be either at or surpassing the county level in three years.
The administration presented the board with a chart of the passing percentages for both the county and Glen Cove for 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as Nassau County projections and Glen Cove targets for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
“Some of these goals seem very optimistic,” said Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross. “Are they feasible?”
“I believe it’s important to set the benchmarks, and we can adjust on the fly later, if need be,” said Board President Joel Sunshine.
“These numbers are goals,” said Dr. Laria. “How we get there is a discussion for another night.”
His words proved to be true, as the board members were in the middle of discussing whether to pass a motion to make some changes before adopting the targets when meeting attendees began smelling gas. Sunshine decided to recess the meeting before adjourning early. The discussion on setting performance improvement goals will continue at the next school board meeting, scheduled for Oct. 15 at the middle school.