Palmyra-Macedon School Board – November 15, 2013
A regular meeting was held by the Board of Education of the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District at the Primary School Cafeteria on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:00 PM.
Dr. Ike updated the Board with the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Superintendent search. Interviews for the three candidates will be concluded on November 15. The BOCES Board will then finalize the review process based on feedback received from stakeholder groups.
Dr. Pacatte gave an update on the Drug Awareness Night to be held on Thursday, December 13 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Some of the information that will be presented are teen use, statistics of teen use, and warning signs. Among those present will be Sheriff Virts, Wayne Behavioral Health, and Finger Lakes Alcohol and Counseling. A small meal will be served to families who will be attending.
Mr. Brooks along with Ms. Blazey and Ms. Holden presented on the Whole Child Mission with the focus on Primary Project. The purpose of the project is to help children reach their full potential. Their main focus is on child-led play which promotes learning by providing encouragement to promote confidence, communication, decision making and responsibility. Children receive individual attention by a child associate or counselor for a period of 20-30 minutes once a week for 12-14 weeks. Currently the program is limited to kindergarten and first grade students. Future plans may include an expansion to second grade students.
Dr. Smith and Mrs. Karnisky provided an update on Middle School Improvement Status. Although the Middle School is no longer officially classified a SINI school, administration and faculty will continue to use data to evaluate student progress, have team time for teachers, academic support during lunch period, and continue with 12th and 13th periods for students needing academic support.
The Board accepted donations from Mr. Mark Crane for $30,000.00 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Mark’s Pizzeria, Ms. Christine Arnold for $200.00, and from the Class of 2012 for $100.00 to the Graduates of Distinction. A $239.00 donation was also accepted from the Class of 2012.
The Board approved a trip to Toronto, Canada, for the High School Wind Ensemble to perform at an adjudicated music festival. This year the group will be evaluated as well as ranked against other schools of similar size.
During a short recess refreshments were served compliments of the Pal-Mac Primary and Intermediate PTSO.