On Tuesday, July 7, at the annual organization meeting of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, board members elected this year, incumbent Alicia Kabak and new members Cathy Shapp and Lisa Leblang, were all sworn in for three-year terms. Then, the Board of Education elected Alicia Kabak as president and Eric Schultz as vice president.
Mrs. Kabak begins her fifth year on the board, while Mr. Schultz marks his 11th year. One of their first actions will be to conduct a workshop focusing on establishing the board priorities for 1998-99. The workshop, to be held in August, will devote time to bringing together input from the staff, parent leaders, and board members, to set direction for the coming school year. In addition, the new board president expressed concern for the increased enrollment expected from upcoming land development in the area. Kabak stated that not only is she concerned with space, but also the educational expansion that will accompany the development.
Schultz, as vice president, feels the district is excelling tremendously, but reminds that there is always room for improvement. Specifically, he wants to ensure that faculty, administration and students are all thoroughly prepared for the New York State Learning Standards and Regents requirements.
In order for the new board members to learn about the dynamics of their role, Shapp and Leblang will be attending the New York State School Board Association's new school board member seminar later this month. The two will travel to Albany for the workshops geared toward new members throughout Long Island and the state.