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Interim Superintendent's Views 10/20/11

BOARD APPRECIATION

Board members contribute hundreds of hours each year leading our School District. Whether it is crafting policies, hiring administrators, listening to staff and student concerns, or recognizing outstanding programs, board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement while being fiscally sound for our tax payers. The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hour’s school board members spend in leading our district. They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities, and spend many hours at extracurricular events.  The school board works closely with parents, administrators, education professionals, and other local citizens to create the educational vision we want for our community. In a larger sense, the ultimate role of the local school board is to help preserve our nation’s liberty, prepare our economy for prosperity, and enrich the lives of our people. It is in the schools of each local community that real teaching and learning happen. Consequently, it is the local school board that can best bring together the entire community – parents, business and civic leaders, and all others concerned about the future of our children.

In recognition of this dedicated service, the week of October 31st to November 4th is designated “School Board Recognition Week.” This is a time to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local school board members work together to provide a better future for our children. Let us join Governor Cuomo in his Proclamation of School Board Recognition Week to salute the men and women of our Board of Education who provide governance of our public school by showing appreciation to President – Duane Moulton, Vice President – Vance Plante, Lori Millis, Karl Othmer and Mary Visscher.

 

HLPTSA

The Hadley-Luzerne Parent, Teacher, and Student Association and Ms. Michelle Stearns have been working very hard on our anti-bullying program. Tina Meier, a parent from Missouri, will be speaking about her family’s personal tragedy that resulted from cyber bullying. Her daughter, Megan, committed suicide after being bullied by others.  Ms. Meier then founded the Megan Meier Foundation. Ms. Meier will be coming to our District on October 27th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium for “parents only” and we will have student assemblies on October 28th.  Tina’s hope is to make a difference through spreading her daughter Megan’s story along with Internet safety and help one child at a time until bullying and cyberbullying are non-existent.

The mission of the Megan Meier Foundation is to bring awareness, education and promote positive change to children, parents, and educators in response to the ongoing bullying and cyberbullying in our children’s daily environment.  For more information please visit the website: www.meganmeierfoundation.org.

If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

The PTSA would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Gene Merlino and the Lamplight Inn for providing room and board to Ms

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