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Sherman Central to soon have parent liaison board of education members

December 28, 2016
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

Sherman Central School District will soon have a parent liaison board of education members learned at their recent meeting.

District superintendent Michael Ginestre told the board that elementary math teacher Pamela Zarpentine has been chosen to act as liaison. "We are anxious to get this started as soon as we can," he said.

The position is covered under a Title 1 grant. Zarpentine will serve as a liaison between parents and school personnel. "I'm very excited about this," Zarpentine said.

In other matters district treasurer Kimberly Oehlbeck told the board that the district has responded to the state audit. "We have ninety days to do a corrective action plan, which we will bring to the board in January," she said.

Ginestre said the district procedures manual will clean up a lot with the state audit committee. Oehlbeck said that in addition to the corrective action plan, maintenance and transportation budgets will be presented at the next meeting.

Ginestre asked for board approval of the district's budget calendar and the emergency response plan. He also asked the board to approve David Maleski of the district's transportation department as head bus driver. "Mr. Maleski has an impeccable record as a bus driver," Ginestre said.

Ginestre also informed the board that the Senior class would like the board to approve its class trip to Lake George on May 19. Sherman principal Bryna Booth noted that the class had trouble agreeing on a destination for their trip. "So this is a great thing."

In other business, Booth told board members that the average PSAT score in New York State is 1024 while the average for Sherman 11th grade students is 1027. "We're gaining but we still have some work to do," she said.

Booth also told the board that the administration is working with a specialist from KITE Learning and "we've done a soft roll-out of it." She said KITE will be used for professional development, and each teacher must complete 2 hours before the March Superintendent's conference Day.

Ginestre told board members that on December 9, "we had a lock out of the building. We were alerted of an external threat, so the decision to lock out was easy," he said. The threat was outside the building and it took about an hour to diffuse the situation he added.

Ginestre said the first parent broadcast was just to notify everyone of the lockout. "If I could provide more information on the first broadcast, I would," he said. "In the second parent broadcast, we were able to give out a lot more information," he added.

Ginestre told the board everything went on in the building as if there were no lockout. He said the emergency team met for debriefing after the lock-out and "we are looking at the public address system to make sure everyone is getting the announcements."

Ginestre said that after a letter went out to parents, he didn't even get one phone call. "It went about as smoothly as we could have imagined," he said.

Ginestre then spoke to the board about Smart bond allocation. We have to develop an investment plan, post it on the website for thirty days, then have a public hearing, he said. "We'd like to focus on upgrading security."

Board member Gary DeLellis told the board that Governor Cuomo has proposed a property tax discount for individuals who acted as reservists by sorting mail in response to a United States Postal Strike in March, 1970. He recommended that the board remain appraised of this situation.



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