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Briarcliff Schools: Committee Volunteers Needed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District is looking for a few good volunteers.

Superintendent of Schools Neal Miller said the district is forming new building compact committees and a district enabling committee. The committees are scheduled to organize this school year and carry over into next year, Miller said. Students, school personnel, parents and community members are set to be enlisted by the Parent Teacher Association and board of education members in the coming months.

Miller said that even though the commissioner of education’s new compact for learning requires the committees, it represents a chance for the Briarcliff School District to become stronger.

“We have a number of different constituency groups represented and it’s a great way for these different groups to get together and have some input into student achievement in our district,” Miller said this week. “We’re really excited about this because it’s going to bring people together with different perspectives and really help us to hear everybody’s point of view.”

The board of education frequently hears thoughts from the public during its regular meetings, but Miller said the new committees go above and beyond that level of communication.

“What I’m mostly interested in is to hear the kinds of things people want in our district and to hear a lot more from them,” Miller said. “I’m not sure what those things will be but there are certainly so many areas these committees will explore and I’m excited to hear what they have to say.”

Parents are nominated and elected by the PTA at a special meeting that will be announced for April, Miller said in a press release. Community members and school district residents “who do not have any children currently attending the Briarcliff Manor Public Schools” will be selected by the board of education, according to the release.

Miller asked in the release that community members who no longer have children in the school district “but who are interested in becoming a member of one of our building committees” to send a letter of interest or email to District Clerk Juanita Brockett listing leadership experience, past involvement with schools and reasons for wanting to become a part of the community. Letters must arrive at the district office by April 6 and the board of education is scheduled to select six community members (two for each building committee) at the April 16 board meeting, according to the release.

Letters of interest may be sent to Juanita Brockett, District Clerk, Briarcliff Manor School District, 45 Ingham Road, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 10510. Email may be sent to jbrockett@briarcliffschools.org.

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