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Briarcliff Schools Vision to "Work Hard Together"

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – "Working Hard Together" was the motto that Board of Education members and schools Superintendent Neal Miller came up with during a seven-hour retreat over the summer.

"This is something that I'm very proud of, and I got to see members of the board working so hard and so well together," Miller said of the school district's motto. "There's so much work, and doing it together makes it that much more effective."

The Board of Education members also put together a list of "goals," which board members later decided were more correctly described as "values."

"Our vision is to educate students through the care, dedication and diligence of teachers, adults, staff and parents, and to inspire positive values, assure success and motivate our students to become lifetime learners," Miller said during a short presentation at a Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

The school district's mission was to instill in each child both academic achievement, through teaching the core curriculum, problem solving skills and critical thinking, and also character development, by promoting personal growth, awareness of the broader community and the development of skills necessary for life.

The Board of Education's goal was to "work hard towards representing the district" by demonstrating civility, appreciating all opinions, placing education first, respecting and supporting staff, faculty and administrators, and by being "transparent, engaged, supportive and constructive," Miller said.

"I feel that to me these are not necessarily board goals. I feel this is a pledge of how the board will act," said Board of Education Trustee Jennifer Rosen.

Miller, a new superintendent who joined the Briarcliff School District over the summer, said he enjoyed getting to know board members during the retreat.

"The seven or eight hours for me felt like it was an hour," he said.

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