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North Syracuse Central School District BOE

District holds regular meeting to discuss youth surveys, teacher effectiveness

The North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education held their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 4 at the district administrative offices.

Among the scheduled presentations for the evening, Main Street School early education teacher Phil Cleary was honored as Teacher of the Year. Assemblyman Al Stirpe attended the meeting to present Cleary with the 2009 NSCSD Teacher of the Year Award.

Cleary has been a teacher in the district for 18 years. Within the award proclamation, Stirpe mentioned Cleary's success outside of the classroom as he has been a supporter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Meals on Wheels.

NSCSD teacher Holly Lee was also recognized for her certification as a Master Teacher from the National board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Teacher effectiveness

The board discussed the approval of the North Syracuse Education Association and NSCSD's participation in New York State United Teachers' Innovation Fund grant program, along with five other state school districts and four Rhode Island school districts. NYSUT Representative Carolyn Williams presented the program's parameters during the Monday night meeting.

The project will consists of three core elements, including the development of teaching standards that will define the characteristics of "good teaching," designing a comprehensive evaluation system that will use multiple measures to gauge teacher effectiveness in meeting teaching standards and establishing a process of differentiated professional development.

A governance structure of peer review and assistance will help make tenure decisions for probationary teachers and identify necessary support for tenured teachers not meeting performance standards.

The North Syracuse planning team will consist of seven representatives named by the NSEA and seven school administrators. An informative meeting with the NSEA and the present administrators was held Dec. 1 and the next meeting will take place Feb. 4 through 6 in Albany.

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