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Johnsburg School Board report

JOHNSBURG Many topics were covered at the Feb. 26, 2007 Johnsburg Central School Board meeting including: a presentation from the Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES, a discussion on Excel Aid, Foundation for Excellence in Schools, and a new academic program entitled Project Success. The meeting started off with Donna Wisenburn, Director of Human Resource Services at BOCES, presenting information on what BOCES has to offer for local school districts. After she finished, she had two students that attend Johnsburg talk about their experience in their Career and Technical Programs. Cory Ouellette, a senior at JCS, discussed the opportunities that were created because of his decision to attend BOCES. He has majored in Criminal Justice and will obtain his certificate at the end of this school year which can count as college credits after graduation. Shamus Ordway, a junior at JCS, was also in attendance to give the Board of Education information on his Conservation Program. He talked about how the Career and Technical program fit his interest and love of the outdoors. Both students shared their future goals which include college and job possibilities. The Board was very impressed with the information these students shared and their future plans. A discussion on the building project that is going to be covered by the Excel Aid given to JCS by the State was brought up by Frank Morehouse. He presented information to the rest of the Board that was discussed in a previous Building Committee meeting. Frank informed the Board that the majority of the project is repairs that the school will need to go forward with or without Excel Aid. Jodie Harr, Johnsburgs Alternative Education teacher, and Julie Wolfe, a teachers aide, presented a new after school program called Project Success. This program is designed to help 5th 8th grade students enhance their academic skills. Students will be selected through teacher recommendation, parent referral, and student self-identification. The School Board asked for another presentation at the end of the school year to evaluate the program and its success. Johnsburg Central School is now posting board agendas and minutes to the Johnsburg website at www.johnsburgcsd.org.

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