Written by Vanessa Canner Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00
Ernest Gentile was nominated to keep his position as board president, along with trustee Patricia Rudd, but in the end Gentile was selected to remain as president. He was sworn in by District Clerk Patricia Olive. Joseph Bongiorno was then unanimously chosen as the board’s vice president and was sworn in by Olive, as well as the other board trustees, board treasurer and superintendent of schools.
After administrative duties were completed, concerned parent Elizabeth Sollecito voiced her concern with the current special education system, claiming that individual programs in four separate schools are not feasible or financially responsible.
“Each of the four grammar schools becomes a family as each child grows and learns over the seven years they spend in that grammar school,” Sollecito said. “Sadly, the kids of the special education program are never really a part of this family model, but are treated like foster children shuffled from one building to another as that particular building’s needs change. They are never able to call one building home. They always have to leave friends and familiar surroundings.”
Sollecito feels that special education children are being discriminated against, and pointed to programs like Odyssey and Math Enrichment that, she said, take away funding for these children. She asked for the board’s immediate action to give these kids the same experience that every other child in the district enjoys.
The board stated that Sollecito’s comments would be reviewed and answered at the next board of education meeting.
Also in attendance at the meeting were four of the five new three-year probationary elementary school teachers. All were recognized by the board and were invited up to introduce themselves and thanked the board for the opportunity to start teaching in the NHP-GCP School District next fall. These new teachers include: sixth-grade teacher Salvatore Giurlanda, kindergarten teacher Kelly Imhof, fifth-grade teacher Amy Feld, kindergarten teacher Christina Ambrose and instrumental general music teacher Stephanie Arciere.
Superintendent of Schools Robert Katulak noted that the administrative teams from Floral Park-Bellerose, Franklin Square and the NHP-GCP District recently completed a two-day training program with the Candace McKay consultant with the Danielson group. “The focus of the training was to train administrators in the Danielson’s frameworks for teaching which will become the foundation for the new evaluation system to be implemented in order to meet the new APPR law,” Katulak said.
The summer school academic and recreational programs began on Tuesday, to which Katulak noted, “Our academic program is designed for special needs IEP students, ELL students and incoming kindergarten students who showed some areas of concern based on the Dial 3 screening completed this spring.”
The next board of education meeting will be on August 8 at 8 p.m. at Manor Oaks School.