Kendall School Board appoints new member

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 26 August 2016 at 1:46 pm

KENDALL – Lisa Levett has been appointed by members of the Kendall Central School Board to complete the term of Chris Gerken, who recently resigned. Gerken served as the BOE vice president.

Levett is is long-time Kendall resident whose two children attend the Kendall school district, said Kendall Central School Superintendent Julie Christensen. The term expires June 30, 2017.

The appointment was made during the Board’s regular meeting Wednesday evening. Christensen said the Board of Education also discussed the Promoting Kendall initiative and plans to hold a community forum on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. to elicit information and ideas from all Kendall community  stakeholders on ways to promote the community.

“For example, we discussed our 90-plus percent graduation rate the past ten years; our competitive performance on state assessment measures; our recognition as one of the top student achievement performers in New York State and the country; student proficiency on Advanced Placement courses; our low tax rate for the area; multiple extracurricular options such as intra-murals, 4-H, athletics, Masterminds, the improved instructional space via the capital improvement project; and community activities such as Lake Ontario, the Scarecrow Festival, an active Lions Club, Troutburg homes, etc.,” Christensen said.

The Board was also updated on the status of the capital improvement project which is in its second phase.

“Contractors are behind,” Christensen explained, “but we will be ready and anxiously await the return of all staff next Wednesday, the Community Open House on Thursday, Sept. 1, and students’ return Sept. 6.”

The Open House at the David J. Doyle Kendall Jr./Sr. High School includes the Sports Boosters’ Chicken Barbecue – take out or dine in the new cafeteria – from 4-7 p.m; entertainment provided by Kendall band and chorus students; locker setup for students from 6-7:30 p.m., Prevention Needs Assessment Survey Data presentation (based on Kendall students’ substance use) at 6 p.m., and a meet and greet with teachers and administrators from 6-7:30 p.m.

“The renovations in the science wing, Jr./Sr. High School main office, counseling office and the roof are breathtaking,” Christensen said. “The renovated elementary school bathrooms, parking lot and safety systems are much improved.”