J-D triumphs in special education programs

Though this may seem like a high number, Woltman said that J-D's total number of students enrolled in special education is lower than the state's average. J-D's classification rate is at 10.35 percent, while New York is at 12.4 percent.

"The rate in J-D is much lower than average," Woltman said. "This has to do with the quality of teachers and interventions, which help to make this low."

Considering the district's success with special education, Sypher and Woltman highlighted the district's long-term goals. Over the next three to five years, the plans include assuring that all students accessing special education receive a high quality standards-based curriculum, technological support for learning, a comprehensive instructional delivery system and are guaranteed high quality literacy instruction, Woltman said.

At the meeting, board member Jack McLoughlin said that he gives all the credit to Woltman and Sypher for their much-needed analysis.

"I give you (both) a lot of credit," McLoughlin said. "You looked at achievement gaps and other districts and you found out the important details that are needed."

Superintendent's report

Superintendent Alice Kendrick gave an update on the search for a new principal for Moses-DeWitt Elementary School.

"We have one more week for applicants to apply," Kendrick said. "So far, we have 17 applicants. Some of which are experienced principals. We also expect as we get closer to our deadline, it is likely to get a larger number of applications."

The timeline for naming a new principal is on track, Kendrick said. The first interviews will take place next week, with the second round around Thanksgiving.

Parents and teachers have submitted their input on the expectations for the new principal, Kendrick said.

Kendrick also informed the board that J-D won an award from the National Safety Council for the Alive at 25 program. The council recently presented the district with the plaque and award. Kendrick said that none of this could have happened without DeWitt Chief of Police Eugene Conway or Investigator John Anton.

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