Canastota school board selects pre-K program

Junior high teacher Colleen Hilts gave the board a post Career Day presentation during the Canastota Board of Education meeting June 12.

Hilts said 14 presenters, including professionals in cosmetology; ITT and the culinary arts attended Career Day for two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon.

She said 125 eighth graders chose careers of interest, and prepared questions ahead of time. The presenters talked about their specific career and then prepared a project for the students to work on.

All the presenters donated their time.

Committee reports

Trustee Bernard Gleeson said the audit committee is reviewing the external audit, and looking at the internal audit. He said the process is going well and the committee will meet after the school year.

Trustee Robin Mitchell said the safety committee highlights included attending grief counseling training over the summer. She said the committee discussed training to recognize students and staff that are under the influence.

The question as to whether the school would have a resource officer was addressed. Superintendent of Schools Fred Bragan said Canastota police Chief James Zophy said the resource officer had surgery on her hand and would be out of work another eight weeks, but the school would have a resource officer by the fall.


The board accepted the Madison-Oneida BOCES universal pre-K program proposal. Bragan said under the governor's budget the district received money and put out advertising for this program. He said they received two proposals; one from Madison County Head Start and one from BOCES.

Bragan said the board selected the BOCES program because "it's a good tie in with the current curriculum in the district and state standards."

The board approved the Madison-Oneida BOCES Cooperative Bidding Service for the 2007-2008 school years. Bragan said the school receives "better pricing on supplies and equipment, and it's to our advantage to participate."

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