North Syracuse BOE readies for budget work

The committee meets monthly during the school year and will give an annual report to the board of education.

Improving teacher effectiveness

The district has been invited to participate in the New York State United Teachers' Innovation Fund grant program, along with six other state school districts and four Rhode Island school districts.

The project's goal is to create new teaching standards, develop a meaningful teacher evaluation system and create a peer assistance program. The North Syracuse planning team will consist of seven representatives to be named by the NSEA.

The next NYSUT meeting will beheld Feb. 4 through 6 in Albany.

The board of education approved that a commitment letter authorize the school district to participate in PAR PLUS: Improving Teacher Effectiveness through Standards and a Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation System.

Spotlight on Cicero Elementary

The board of education viewed a presentation about Cicero Elementary School's blended program. The school has two regular education classes per grade level, with three in kindergarten. There is an additional classroom exclusive of kindergarten is assigned to each grade level for special education students when they are not scheduled for inclusion in the regular education rooms.

The presentation highlighted the different ways the services were delivered to students according to "individual student needs," the roles of the teachers and teaching assistants and student achievements.

GRM renovations

Because of necessary emergency HVAC repair work at Gillette Road Middle School, the district established as emergency contract to Airtech Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, Inc., in the amount of $59,125, according to the terms indicated in correspondence between Daniel Canino and King & King Architects.

King & King has recommended that the district purchase two heating units which will be places int eh basement to heat the classrooms. The motors and fans on the two rooftop units will be removed with only the energy recovery wheels remaining in the rooftop units.

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