The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education kicked off the new school year Monday night, addresseing a jampacked agenda including the anniversary of Sept. 11 within the district, state testing regulations and SAT preparations.
President Gary Bettan opened the meeting by commending the district for their dedication after Hurricane Irene, stating that the faculty and staff worked phenomenally to open school on time. Board officials also spoke of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and what they meant within the community.
"This one moment has galvanized us as Americans, as New Yorkers and as Long Islanders to really be of service and help others," said trustee Angel Cepeda. "I was particularly touched by all of the activities going on in our school, and all of the work our administrators, faculty and students have done."
"Last night there was an that the JFK High School choir participated it and it was a very moving tribute and appropriate tribute to what happened on that day," he added.
In other district news, Assistant Superintendent Jill Gierasch discussed a new SAT prep course for students grade 10-12 that was requested within the district at past meetings.
"We were able to work with the SCOPE agency providing a course after the school day, specifically starting at 6 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturdays from 9:30-1245 over a seven week time period," she explained. "As of Friday we have about 17 students enrolled. We had a little glitch in some of the labels going out initially, so we anticipate many more students enrolling."
The board meet nexts on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:45 p.m.