OSSINING, N.Y. Closing performance gaps between students and finding new ways to engage the community with school were among the goals adopted by the Ossining Board of Education for the 2011 2012 school year.
Other goals presented by schools Superintendent Phyllis Glassman during a Board of Education meeting on Aug. 24 included having an updated curriculum that introduces 21st Century skills, making sure that the school district is fiscally responsible and making sure that contracts with employees in the school district are fair.
"I'm very comfortable with these goals. A lot of time and effort and research was spent on these goals," said Board of Education member Kimberly Case.
Board of Education member Graig Galef also approved of the goals, but he suggested that there might be more specific milestones during the year to make sure goals were being achieved.
"Some of the goals are like 'I'm going to lose weight this year' rather than 'I'm going to lose x pounds by a certain date.'" Galef said.
Glassman listened and nodded to comments made by members of the Board of Education and the public, and noted that in an effort to engage the public with schools, every Board of Education meeting date is posted online along with an agenda of the meeting, and videos of past meetings are also posted.
In addition to approving goals for the year, members of the Board of Education also adopted a resolution to use a $3,000 grant by TD Bank to provide a two-day staff workshop on sustainable practices.
The workshop will be organized by Jamie Cloud, the president and founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education.
"The goal of the program is to develop a plan to ensure that the middle and high school learning community is living in an environment that is sustainable," said Deputy Superintendent Ray Sanchez in a press release. "The conferences will allow students and faculty to examine ways they can reduce waste and practice environmental conservation and create safe, clean, toxin-free spaces in schools."
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