Silver Creek school board approves field trip, other business

SILVER CREEK – Silver Creek’s seventh- and eighth-graders will get to see history first-hand after action taken recently by the Silver Creek Board of Education.

The board approved the classes’ trip to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, which will take place in April.

“I think this is great, much better than going to Darien Lake. … It is a great opportunity for students who may not get to go to D.C. otherwise. It’s history,” board member Marjorie Foxton said. Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich explained all students are able to take part in the trip as long as they participate in the fundraising.

The board also accepted special education teacher Amanda Janisch’s resignation for the purpose of retirement.

Technology Coordinator Michael Kempster and Clerk II Scharlene Hehir fulfilled their probationary periods and were granted permanent appointments.

The board declared excess equipment, including a bus with 83,750 miles on it, for a trade-in toward the purchase of another bus, which was approved by the voters in May. However, the bus was not the item on the list the board questioned.

Board President Martha Howard asked if the English language arts and math textbooks were recently purchased. Ljiljanich said he was not sure of when the purchase date, but he suspects they have become out-of-date due to the new Common Core curriculum.

The board authorized providing St. Columban’s on the Lake with emergency transportation in the case of an evacuation. Ljiljanich said St. Columban’s reached out to the school as it was updating its emergency plan. The school is the designated emergency shelter for the elder care facility.

New elective courses in journalism, multicultural literature and career and financial management parts one and two were approved. Ljiljanich explained electives are selected each year and are staffed based on student enrollment in the classes.

The board approved contracts with North Collins School for a tuitioning agreement for a student it cannot provide services for in-house and with Stephens Associates for grant consultant services.

The board also acknowledged donations to the Stebbins Scholarship fund.

Board members Irene Blakely, Matt Bogosian and Steve Boothe were appointed to the Silver Creek Teachers’ Association Negotiations Board Committee, with President Martha Howard to attend whenever another member cannot.

Ljiljanich reported that the 40 developmental assets survey has been completed and results will be presented to the board at a future meeting.

Because school was canceled the day of the meeting, recognition of students of the month was postponed to the board’s next meeting on Jan. 22.