SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The following is a message from Dr. Thomas Hagerman, Scarsdale superintendent of schools.
The May 16 Board of Education meeting was an important session that further demonstrated one of our hallmarks as a distinguished school community: a place that values and engages in true democratic participation.
That night I asked the 100-plus community members attending the meeting to pause and look over the whole of the BOE agenda.
Members of the board met with representative high school students to solicit feedback on their experiences in the district. We met with PTC/PTA leadership to review the initiatives of a very busy year, and to start planning for our next one.
During the work session we heard presentations on innovation practices and instructional focus at the middle School and high schools.
The business meeting following those sessions continued this trend of diverse topics reflecting the multifaceted work in which we are currently engaged, ranging from an update from our Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation, to current construction project bids, to school board policy revisions.
There is no question that our work, now and moving forward, is complex, dynamic, and extensive.
If the May 16 meeting was important, then May 17 was critical: It was the day our community voted on our annual budget.
In part, the budget clarifies our vision by outlining priorities through specific resource allocation.
The budget was approved by a vote of 448 to 105, an approval rate of 81 percent.
The topic of Greenacres Elementary School was discussed by Lee Maude, board president.
Our primary goal with this project is to provide an optimal school environment that offers the best possible opportunities for our students.
A secondary consideration is that it should serve as a point of pride for the Greenacres neighborhood, one that contributes to the vitality, interest, and investment in this special enclave.
I hope that is as clear to everyone as it is to the Board and to me that our work on this issue has just begun.