Kendall Board of Education recognized for volunteer efforts

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 22 October 2015 at 12:00 am

District also approves buying produce from Partyka Farms

KENDALL – Board of Education Recognition Week is Oct. 26-30 and members of the Kendall BOE were honored at the board’s October meeting on Wednesday.

The five members of the board were presented with certificates recognizing their service. District Superintendent Julie Christensen said the district also had a gift for board members which they would receive in the near future and also read a proclamation from Governor Andrew Cuomo designating the last week in October as a time, “…acknowledging the commitment and contributions of members of local school boards.”

“They are volunteers, they receive no compensation,” Christensen said, noting Board of Education members work to support students and are rewarded by seeing students flourish. Their job involves “countless hours” of work.

“We appreciate your support,” Christensen told the board that includes President Nadine Hanlon, VP Chris Gerken, Charles Patt, Martin Goodenbery, and Chaley Swift.

In other business, board members awarded a bid to Partyka Farms in Kendall to provide fresh local vegetables and fruit to the school.

“We will be getting apples, cabbage and tomatoes from our local farmer,” Hanlon said.

Board members also approved a proposal for new elective courses which may be offered at the Jr./Sr. High School next year. Principal Carol D’Agostino said students were surveyed regarding what courses they would like to see offered and teacher input was also collected. She explained that good electives “energize the staff, and are courses students want to take.”

Potential new course offerings include robotics, world history on film, cooking around the world, fish and wildlife conservation biology, computer skills/keyboarding, statistics, AP physics and video game design.

During the visitors’ comments portion of the meeting, two members of the Kendall Sr. Class, who are also part of the school’s video game design club, spoke in favor of offering the game design elective.

Both Jake Richardson and Austin Clay told board members the elective should “be approved for a class.” Clay noted the course would fit well with the STEM curriculum. They told the board the game design club currently has 21 members.

Principal D’Agostino explained that decisions are still pending on exactly which courses will be offered. “Just because you approve them doesn’t mean they will run,” she said.

She noted there currently are staff members available to teach the courses. “We want to provide Kendall students with every opportunity,” D’Agostino said.

Christensen said the innovative electives would “help keep students here as well as prepare them for life after high school.”