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2018-09-13 / Education

Central School Board applauds work of state commissioner of education

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

The Cheektowaga Central School Board met on Tuesday for the first time since the 2018-19 school year began last week.

Board President Renee Wilson, Vice President Heather DuBard and District Superintendent Mary Morris discussed a dinner they attended on Aug. 23 to kick off the school year, where the New York State commissioner of education, MaryEllen Elia, was the guest speaker.

“It really was refreshing to hear the changes they plan on making as far as Common Core goes and what they are implementing for kids who are struggling to get their diplomas,” DuBard said.

The dinner was hosted by the Erie County Association of School Boards and it was open to all school board presidents, vice presidents and superintendents in Erie County.

“Our commissioner is stellar,” Wilson said. “She really has made tremendous strides to use the input of the educators, administrators and board members to make changes where changes need to be made.”

In another matter, each school principal gave an update on their respective schools since classes began on Sept. 5.

Middle School Principal Micah Hanford talked about the positive steps that the staff is looking to take for this school year.

“Our focus has been on building community as a staff, but also within the classroom,” Hanford said. “When the kids are connected to what we’re doing, then we will see some great results. We have seen some great results in these first few days, and we hope to see that continue throughout the year.”

Hanford also mentioned that next week is Spirit Week at the middle school and the open house is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

The next Cheektowaga Central School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the high school boardroom, 3600 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

For more information on the school district, visit www.cheektowagak12.org.

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