Students at the May 23 Granville Board of Education meeting got the chance to join in the process as they were twice asked for opinions from school officials at the regular Monday night meeting. While reporting on the status of the cafeteria program, board members asked the handful of students present about the lunch program. “How many of you eat lunch?” board member Pam Tatko asked them. Most of the students reported eating lunch. Other board members asked if it was possible to survey the student customers regarding items they would like to see on the menu. Business manager Cathy Somich said the cafeteria manager conducted an informal survey the previous year adding the budget could not handle the requested menu items. “Like what?” board member John Shaw asked. “Oh … lobster, steak, shrimp …,” Somich said drawing chuckles from those attending the meeting. Despite the lack of surf and turf, Somich said she was happy to report the cafeteria continues to make a slight profit with no infusion of cash as had been used in the past.
Later, during discussion of the DARE program Tatko polled students regarding their opinion of the program. She asked if they thought the program deterred students from experimenting with drugs and alcohol later in their school careers as the program is presented to sixth graders. While students fondly recalled their experiences in the class and said they felt like they would have missed something not having taken the course, those who spoke said a course later in school, possibly for juniors or seniors, might be a more effective deterrent to drug and alcohol experimentation.
In other news, Superintendent Mark Bessen expressed his thanks to the community for passing the budget the previous week. The community also approved a bond measure to purchase new vans as well as electing write-in candidate Suzanne MacEachron.
Board presented vice president John Steves with a certificate from the Adirondack association of schools acknowledging for the additional time he spent attending conferences and meeting with local officials such as Sen. Betty Little. Board President Cathy Nelson thanked Steves for all of the time and effort he spent working to help the Granville School District.
Board members including Nelson and Steves said they were pleased with the final version of the recruitment DVD developed to market the school to prospective tuition students from surrounding. The DVD will be available for parents and students from schools such as Mettawee Community School and the Wells Village School in hopes of persuading their sixth graders to come to Granville for high school. Steves said he was pleased the DVD showed what the school had to offer and had been made ‘in house’ by Granville students and teachers.
Bessen announced 34 students will receive credit under the SUPA program in conjunction with Syracuse University during its first school year in operation in Granville. Students at the meeting who had taken SUPA classes told the board they enjoyed the greater challenge presented by the classes.
Project Lead the Way has received national board certification, Bessen also announced. The technology and engineering program’s credit will now be accepted at more colleges across the country and recognized more readily, he said.