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Scarsdale Board of Education Discusses Curriculum, Finances At Meeting

The Scarsdale Board of Education covered a wide range of topics at its meeting on May 4.
The Scarsdale Board of Education covered a wide range of topics at its meeting on May 4. Photo Credit: File

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- A business meeting of the Scarsdale Board Of Education took place on May 4 and reports were given by members of various board committees.

Here are the highlights:

Communications: Boiler replacements in the district are under discussion.

Curriculum: Members reported that the District will not participate in New York State Field Tests.The District’s assessment development work continues, including a five-year plan to implement Reading and Writing Workshops kindergarten through fifth grade. Work also continues in curriculum development, notably in STEAM.

Finance/Budget: The Budget Book is available online and at each building in the District. The Budget Vote and school board election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the Scarsdale Middle School Gymnasium.

Human Capital and Leadership Development: 18 vacancies for the next school year have been filled, and hiring for the remaining 12 positions is in process. Drew Patrick, the incoming assistant superintendent for human resources, has been visiting the District regularly to prepare for the transition, and that collective bargaining is under way. Special Education and Student Services: Members reported that interviews are in process for Special Education positions in the district. New York State has promulgated new rules concerning transgender accommodations in the schools, and that logistics discussions and training are under way to assure that the District continues to be inclusive and welcoming. The school board's study session focused on a comprehensive Technology Report and an update on 2014 bond projects and preliminary work on the 2017 Bond Proposal, A detailed review of the new three-year Technology Plan, and the District’s implementation of educational technology throughout the curriculum was presented. The State Education Department approval is expected in time for contracts to be awarded in June.

Community members were invited to address the Board, and 11 did so. Seven spoke in favor of “Option C” for Greenacres (constructing a new school building), four spoke in favor of “Option B1” (expanding/renovating the existing building):

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