Heart health, reading, and the 100th day of school are just some of the highlights that Jefferson superintendent Patrick Tierney highlighted at the Board of Education meeting on March 16. He recognized Stanlick students for raising $2,800 for charity during heart health month.
In Briggs, the students are taking part in Read Across America Week in honor of Dr. Seuss. Activities have included hosting a Scholastic book fair and bringing in Clifford. In Stanlick, they celebrated heart health month during physical education. At Cozy Lake, the students celebrated the 100th day of school on Valentine’s Day. The teachers dressed up as 100-year-olds to celebrate the occasion.
At the middle school, Kiko Mina, who was recognized by the president for his dedication and artwork, was further recognized by students at Princeton for his life motto, “Always trying, never stopping.” Meanwhile, the high school is in the midst of their Deaf Awareness Month where the host various activities such as the Lip Sync Battle in recognition of the deaf.
The student representative for the Board of Education, Alyssa Feldman, mentioned a few other activities at the high school, including the Glammy Awards, an award show for the senior superlatives, and spring sports starting up.
Afterwards, Tierney presented the preliminary budget synopsis for next school year. While it will still focus on the middle school and high school students, it will increase its focus on ELA, math, and science programs from grades K through 5.
The finance and building needs committee discussed their actions taken on the renovation of the auditorium. They looked into reusing materials and supplies that they already have but reasoned that this was not an option. Instead, they will temporarily be postponing the installation of the air conditioning and heating in the auditorium.
The education committee addressed the end of the random drug testing program in the high school because it was not cost effective. However, they established a Human Rights Education Ad-Hoc Committee to evaluate current programs and curricula that deal with topics related to human rights.
After all the committees presented their progress and all resolutions were passed, a few board members made some last comments before ending the meeting. Melissa Senatore talked about the boys and girls high school basketball teams and their amazing season as well as their admirable sportsmanship. Stacey Poulas discussed the middle school Tri-M doing a musical petting zoo on March 25, where attendees can try out different instruments.
Lastly, both Michael Stewart and Adele Wildermuth commented on the amazing attitude of the special education students in the high school and the programs that they are happy to be involved in.