BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
WED., JUNE 22, 2016
5:30 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY
This meeting will be via FaceTime
at 2211 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
The Budget and Election Results Are As Follows:
Proposition 1 (the budget): Yes: 233, No: 192
Proposition 2 (moving the HS fund): Yes: 242, No: 180
New Members of the GWL Board Of Education:
Susan Selser: 270
Michael Buckely: 329
The “Simon Sez For Better Listening & Respect” assembly program visited GWL Elementary School to cap-off a successful field day last week. Unique, very funny and high energy, this 45 minute show focused on helping our students understand the importance of being a better listener and showing respect to themselves and others. Additional topics in the show included making good choices, anti-bullying, not succumbing to peer pressure and it’s OK to make mistakes. Thank you to the GWL PTSA for sponsoring this program for our students.
We are pleased to inform you that by decision dated March 17,2016 (copy attached), the New York State Commissioner of Education dismissed in its entirety the appeal filed against us by Tuxedo School District seeking to recover approx. $900,000 of High School tuition they alleged was owed to them by Greenwood Lake for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. As a result of the dismissal of the appeal, Greenwood Lake does not have to pay any additional tuition. As you know, we vigorously disputed Tuxedo’s billing and declined to renew our non-resident tuition contract with them. While Tuxedo may seek judicial review of the Commissioner’s decision, it is our hope that this decision will put closure on this unfortunate matter.
The Board of Education discussed the recent capital project vote on 3/10 and how we will move forward. The Board decided that we will ask the community to move the 4M high school fund to a new reserve during our regularly scheduled budget vote. Please note, that in order to spend this money, the community will need to vote to approve the expenditures. This summer, community focus groups will be formed to help guide the Board of Education on how to spend this reserve as well as determine how we should address the academic and security enhancements previously presented to the community in our recent vote. The Board of Education will likely present a new project for consideration at some point in the fall of 2016. Please email your feedback for the BOE to Mary DePietro, District Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org).