Penn Yan Board to hear from students

Gwen Chamberlain

The Penn Yan School Board may be getting regular feedback from the school’s student body in the future.

Superintendent David Hamilton told the board at its Sept. 19 meeting that he’s working on a way for permanent representation from the student body to report to the board. He said a student representative will give the board more feedback while giving some students more leadership opportunities.

Hamilton says he’s also working on ways to set up listening sessions for board members to get together with a few students at a time to hear about issues that are important to them.

Other business on the school board’s Sept. 19 agenda included:

• RECOGNITION: The board recognized retiree Charlie Leach and welcomed several new staff members.

• SUMMER SCHOOL: Administrators reported on the Summer School programs. Elementary Principal Marcie Ware reported that 102 children attended programs led by six classroom teachers along with special education teachers, teacher aids, speech, physical and occupational therapists. The focus of the elementary program was on literacy.

Brett Harrison reported on the Summer School Consortium between Penn Yan, Dundee and Marcus Whitman Schools. In the middle school grades, 42 students were registered in 76 course slots. Forty of the students completed their course work. In the high school grades, 84 students were registered for 139 course slots. Of that 139, 125 courses were successfully completed.

In Driver Education, 65 students, including three from outside the district, registered for and completed the course.

Other summer activities included curriculum writing in math, art, languages other than English, social studies, English language arts, and technology, reported Associate Superintendent Howard Dennis. He also noted that several committees addressed district initiatives over the summer.

• NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY: Middle School Reading Teacher Melissa Lamphier reported on the National Junior Honor Society, which was organized two years ago. Since then, 31 students have been accepted into the program. She also reported on the Academic Challenge Bowl team. In its first year last year, the Penn Yan team, which could be considered the modified level of the varsity and JV MasterMind teams, finished second in the region, she said.

• NEXT MEETING: The board’s next meeting will be held in the library/media center of Penn Yan Academy. Board President Jeff Morehouse explained that future board meetings, usually held in the elementary cafeteria, will be moved to different locations throughout the school year.