BOE Meeting Wrap-up: Reports on the Opening of School

Alexander Wolff

Dear Pelham Community,

The Board of Education received reports about District facilities and the opening of school at its meeting on Tuesday, September 14. 

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As part of her Superintendent’s report, Dr. Cheryl Champ spoke about a variety of transition events held prior to the start of school to help students adjust to their new grades. These included a scavenger hunt for 6th graders to help them become acclimated with their new building as well as an orientation for all new middle school students, a freshman transition program at the high school, and an event for sophomores at which they had the opportunity to meet their new school counselor. Dr. Champ also thanked the administrative team for their hard work getting ready to welcome students back to school, especially after one superintendent’s conference day had to be cancelled due to widespread flooding in the region. 

Dr. Steven Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel, shared that prior to the start of school, all new teachers participated in a technology boot camp led by Director of Technology John Sebalos. Following the bootcamp, the teachers met for an orientation to acclimate them to the District. Dr. Garcia also discussed work done by Dr. Maria Thompson, Director of Humanities and Dr. Tom Callahan, Director of Math and Science to align curriculum to updated New York State standards as well as review and integrate pre-hybrid/pandemic curriculum pacing as students return for in-person instruction on a normal schedule. 

With regard to the District’s facilities, Jim Hricay, Assistant Superintendent for Business, and John Condon, Director of Facilities, highlighted the work completed in the District over the summer. Projects include cleaning and adding crumb rubber to the turf at Glover Field, replacing a fire panel at the high school/middle school, creating a new space for the Science Research program as well as new art rooms at the MS/HS, and cleaning, waxing and painting to prepare for the start of school. Additionally, Mr. Hricay and Mr. Condon discussed the ongoing progress toward the District’s capital projects, including the opening of the new Hutchinson School, ongoing renovations at the high school, including creation of a dedicated orchestra room, masonry/repointing repairs at the HS/MS, and bathroom renovations and the new addition at Prospect Hill. They thanked the custodians and facilities staff for the incredible efforts this summer as well as the many student-custodial workers who were essential in getting the schools ready this year. Presentation slides from the facilities report are available on the District website.

The Board of Education will next meet at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 29 in the Pelham Middle School Library. The first Board of Education Coffee is also scheduled for 9am on Thursday, September 30 at J.Cafe. 


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