Focusing on Future Plans

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The district held their first Board of Education meeting of 2018 on Jan. 22 in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School library where the board and community received two budget presentations. One focused on the district’s special services courtesy of Nicole Schimpf, director of special services, while the other highlighted a curriculum and instruction update from Dr. RG France, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Schimpf discussed the goals of her department, which included increasing parent communication and collaboration. In addition, she shared how the district is incorporating instructional technology integration into lessons and explained the different software that is being utilized for students with disabilities. For the upcoming budget, the Special Services Department anticipates maintaining program offerings such as integrated co-teaching, resource rooms, related services in speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing and counseling, special classes and consultant teacher services. 

Dr. France showcased what the future of curriculum and instruction in the district will look like for the board and community. On course with the district’s strategic plan, 2018-2019 will pave the way for more instructional technology resources to continue to grow students into 21st century learners. This includes introducing Google Expeditions into the classroom, a virtual reality headset that can take students around the world. 

In addition to the presentations, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling shared his Superintendent’s Report which included a Payment in Lieu of Taxes update and student recognitions. In his PILOT update, Dr. Stirling encouraged community members to visit the district’s website,, to view the board of education and administration’s response to the recent New York State Comptroller’s final audit report of the Green Acres Mall PILOT. Information can be found here: