The May 28, 2014 meeting of the Williamson Central School District Board of Education began with a reception for the candidates for tenure and retirees. The following individuals were recognized: Tenure Candidates Retirees – Marcie Furnal, Nicole Baker, Rosanne Barone, Lona Breitkopf, Susan Collins, Patricia Walker.
The Board meeting was called to order by President Michael Collins. Under reports from District Administrators, Amy Vandergrift reported that preparations are underway for Regents exams and highlighted Diane Greco for her assistance in preparing test accommodations. She announced that Channel 8 news anchor Kevin Doran will speak with students on June 4 about how to overcome missteps in life. Mr. Doran’s visit has been coordinated by guidance counselor Marty Buddendeck. Roger Becker reported that a World War II veteran will address the student body on June 6 which is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Gary Barno reported that the district has thirty employees who will participate in the Chase Corporate Challenge this year. He thanked Jessica Burggraaff for organizing the event and Yvonne Forget and Brenda Gowan for volunteering to assist with the post-race activities. Superintendent Macaluso reported on the Breakfast of Champions and the Bus Driver Appreciation breakfast. He highlighted Nancy Weber for coordinating the event and expressed his appreciation to the drivers especially given the difficult winter driving conditions they faced. Superintendent Macaluso reported that the budget passed by 80%. He thanked the community for their support. Middle School Principal John Fulmer and Heidi Montondo presented an overview of the Fast ForWard reading program and how it is implemented at the Middle School level. Fast ForWard is a web based, rigorous program that helps students develop and strengthen reading skills. They reviewed the process for how students are selected and the improvement rates for the current school year.
The board accepted three donations from the PTSA totaling $1,863.71 to support the purchase of Kindle e-readers at the high school, a display case for artwork at the Elementary School and two lacrosse sets for use by the physical education classes at the Elementary School.