The board also saw need for improvement in elementary students' math scores, with Resetarits commenting that the district may need to "think outside the box" and assess how the district teaches its math program. Board member Jack McLoughlin added "We need to determine successful methods used in other subjects and apply that to the math curriculum."
Mcloughlin brought up an issue with the algebra regents currently scheduled for June of next year, expressing concern over the lengthy grading process that the New York State Board of Regents has implemented. Students taking the exam will not get the results back until late August or early September of 2008, just days before the school year is scheduled to begin. McLoughlin accused the Board of Regents of "doing a disservice to students who may have to enroll in summer school based on how they think they did on the test" by extending the time it takes the results to be released to ensure validity. The board made a motion to compose a letter of concern to the Board of Regents asking them to revise their decision, which was approved.
Superintendent Dr. Alice Kendrick expressed her gratitude to the members of the community in passing last week's school budget by a 973-396 vote.
"I'd like to thank the community for their support with this budget. We look forward to the future as we continue to serve our students."
President Dennis Resetartis agreed. "The overwhelming success of the budget approval means that we have done a good job. I thank all of you.