Pal-Mac School Board Tues. June 3, 2014

A regular meting of the Pal-Mac CSD Board of Ed was called to order by board President, Ms. Sharon Lang, at 7:00 PM in the Pal-Mac Middle School. Public comment was offered from several students and parents who expressed their desire to see the previous JV Cheer Coach be reinstated as the Varsity Cheer Coach during the 2014-2015 school year.

Claims that the Varsity Coach interfered with an ongoing legal preceding and caused emotional detriment to a cheerleader were cited as issues from the past season leading to this opinion. Letters from parents, students, and faculty were also presented to the board in support of this request. Board of Education President, Ms. Sharon Lang, explained that, by law, personnel cannot be discussed in open session, but thanked those who came forward for sharing their thoughts and concerns.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert Ike, also explained to those who came forward that the district has a very clear policy in place for the appointment of advisors and coaches, which is handled annually and also includes individual assessments.

Under reports, The President’s Report from Ms. Sharon Lang thanked fellow Board of Education member, Mr. John Kratzert, for his 9 years of leadership and mentoring to the Pal-Mac CSD. Mr. Kratzert replied that he was proud to be a member of the Pal-Mac CSD Board of Ed, and further noted that he wishes the board the best of luck. The Board of Education Reports included the NYSSBA Report, highlighting that the Annual Convention and Expo will be held in New York City on October 26th through the 28th. It was noted that any board members with an interest in attending need to RSVP by Friday, June 5th in order to take advantage of early bird registration rates.

Approval was given to re-appoint and continue the employment of Robert R. Ike, Ed.D., as Superintendent of Schools, for the period June 3, 2014 to June 2, 2019, and to further approve the Employment Agreement dated June 3, 2014, setting forth the terms and conditions of such appointment and employment, with authorization for the Board President to sign the agreement for its execution. Additionally the Superintendent shall receive a salary increase of 2.0% for the 2014-15 school year

A US First Robotics Presentation was given by Mr. Schlegel and the Pal-Mac Robotics Team. Team members shared that this year’s challenge was an Aerial Assist, wherein teams were to score goals using balls, while the robots were operated by team members via remote controls behind goals. The matches lasted for 2.5 minutes, and point designations were based on team assists and the range of the toss. The team had a total of 6 weeks to fund raise, design, build, and test their robot, in order to compete. The team, its advisor, and mentors were especially pleased with the performance of their robot, as it performed well and met all the criteria the team had hoped it would. Valuable lessons learned through the experience were highlighted as time management skill development, improved communication skills, learning effective brainstorming methods, experience in designing, building, and obtaining sponsors, and how to have fun while still being productive. During the off season the team plans to continue reaching out to students in the intermediate school and high school to join, and seek community service opportunities.

The next regular meeting of the Pal-Mac Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Pal-Mac Middle School.

By Becky Block


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