SHERMAN - Because it has completed and submitted a state-mandated performance review plan, Sherman School District is likely now to receive a $300,000 grant that will allow it to create a math lab for both advanced and struggling students, board of education members were told Monday, July 2.
Principal Kaine Kelly said that Sherman was the 164th school district in the state to submit the Annual Professional Performance Review plan. He said he was informed that it was in line to be awarded a three-year School District Performance Improvement grant. This is a competitive grant that allows school districts to improve selected areas of their academic curriculum.
Kelly said he applied for the grant before the APPR plan was required by the state. Now that that plan is in the hands of the state, the grant money has been made available. The grant will supply $100,000 each year.
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Sherman Central School Superintendent Thomas Schmidt, right explains the construction work going on in the school to board member Emily Kidd and C.S.E. chairperson and curriculum coordinator Christine Burdick.
"I didn't think we would be in a situation to get the grant, but we did and for the next three years, our kids will benefit from it," Kelly said.
Kelly said the district hopes to help students in grades 7-12 gain a mastery of math. While Sherman students scored a high pass rate on standardized tests for math, many fell below 85 percent.
The proposed math lab would provide individual attention for struggling students, but also provide advanced work for above-average students, Kelly said.
In other business, board members took a tour of the ongoing construction project in the school. Superintendent Thomas Schmidt said he was very pleased with the work done by E.E. Austin and Sons Construction. "They came right in and got to work," he said.
The main entrance to the school will be closed from Aug. 1 through October or November, Schmidt said. "By Christmas, the whole part should be finished."
The board conducted its reorganizational meeting just before the regular meeting. All board members took the oath of office, including new board member Emily Kidd, who moved to the Sherman district from Frewsburg nearly two years ago. "I hope to bring a new perspective to the board and learn a lot," she said after taking her oath.
Brian Bates was elected to serve as board president for the upcoming year. Melissa Lyon will serve as vice-president.
Two principals were sworn in as well. Kelly will be taking the place of Schmidt, who will retire at the end of July. Kelly's will be replaced by Mike Ginestre also took his oath of office.
At the end of the meeting, the board thanked Schmidt for his six years of service to the district. He replied that these have been good years for him.
"It's been funmost of the time, I'm thankful for your support over the past six years, for your support of the administration that allows us to do what we do," he said. "I think Sherman has been put on the map. When I came here, I did not know where Sherman was. I think a lot of people know where we are now. I urge you to keep listening to each other."
Schmidt also expressed his confidence in Kelly as his successor. "As I leave, this district is in great hands. Trust Kaine. He's going to do a great job for you."