NSCSD discusses club activity spending, new texts

The North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education met for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 21 at Cicero North Syracuse High School.

The board discussed extraclassroom activity measures recommended by the internal auditor. The report was presented to the board at which time procedures for extraclassroom activity funds were discussed. David Allard, district director of business operations and treasurer, and C-NS Student Account Manager Michael Lucia presented the report to the board of education Monday night.

The procedures have been developed and implemented to ensure compliance with NSCSD and New York State regulations, said NSCSD Superintendent Dr. Jerome Melvin.

"We're making sure we're in compliance of rules and regulations," Melvin said. "We will definitely spend some time to be sure this is done correctly."

Melvin said these regulations cover issues that might concern the collecting of funds from club members throughout the district. It's important that the funds are collected properly and spent accordingly, he said.

"There are countless clubs in the district," Melvin said. "We want to make sure we're following the rules."

There has not been any extreme or prominent issues concerning extraclassroom activity funds in the past, but Melvin said he and the board would like to see that all rules, old and new, are met in compliance.

The board also discussed the implementation of a new math textbook pilot. The pilot testing program was introduced to parents through a letter sent to all homes where sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students reside. The program should be implemented next year.

"The pilot testing program will provide the opportunity for many staff members to participate in the process of piloting and textbook selection," said Alicia Pizzuto, director of mathematics, business and career education.

Pizzuto said allows for the use of a range of available texts with students and teachers in the classrooms where they are meant to be used. Pizzuto and other teachers are reviewing core materials for math based on the best evidence about the effectiveness of the program currently available and the best possible understanding fo the needs of the students.

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