Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00
Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead addressed a full house at the Aug. 26 board of education action meeting as most of the attendees remained for the duration of the lengthy meeting.
The action meeting, broken up by an extended executive session, featured several items of note, including proficiency standards, increasing achievement, upgrading cafeterias, retiring faculty members and a resident re-registration program.
Dr. Clark-Snead responded to what she called “increased rigor of national core standards” with assurances that the district will meet those standards and prepare students for college courses.
“There are new national and state standards … we are planning to do sessions with parents so you can understand the new standards that have been put in place.
“In terms of the efforts that we’re going to put in place … we are analyzing the test results and going deep into the data, down to the individual students and analyzing even the test items to see how many youngsters have missed certain test items,” said Dr. Clark Snead.
The superintendent said a district-wide plan will be implemented to increase student achievement. The plan will require each school within the district to put together a method to address the decline in scores.
She said, “Each school will be required to develop a school improvement plan based around improving student achievement in mathematics and ELA, and my feeling is that our drop was not as significant in mathematics, [grades] three through eight as perhaps in English language arts.
“We have been in this place before where the test results were not acceptable by this administration and board and so we will make every effort, even given the budget constraints that we’re facing, and we’ll do everything possible to increase our test scores as we move forward during the school year,” Dr. Clark-Snead said.
As noted in the Aug. 27 issue of The Westbury Times, the new Park Avenue, Powell’s Lane, Drexel Avenue and High School classrooms will be ready by mid-October, while special education classrooms will be developed to meet New York State education requirements. Lunch program sales will also help in the upgrading process of all cafeterias within the district.
In response to retirees, Dr. Clark-Snead noted that Juanita Sherwood will be assigned to Park Avenue School and Teresa Grossane will be assigned to the Dryden Annex.
Under the NYS retirement incentive, two assistant principals will be retiring from Park Avenue and the Middle School, as well as other instructional personnel.
“Vacancies will be filed for positions of leave replacement and retirement based on the needs of the district,” said Dr. Clark-Snead.
All classrooms for pre-K have met their enrollment targets as designated by New York State, while an additional 80 students are currently on the waiting list.
The new residency requirement, in an effort to monitor residency within the district, will require students in grades one, three, six and nine to re-register.