continued The emphasis of their presentation, however, was that if one of the teams wins the one-day county competition, members should be allowed to compete at the two-day state level competition. Both competitions take place on school days and thus represent lost class time for the participating juniors and seniors on the team.
A pending decision is to allow the participation at the county level, but even if one of the teams wins the county competition, they would not be allowed to participate at the state level due to loss of two days class time a during a critical regents preparation period.
Voorhees voiced his discomfort with the concept of not letting a winning team at the county level go on to compete for the state honors and what such a decision does to the team members who are working hard at winning the county level while knowing that they have no chance of moving on in the competition.
Board members decided to reconvene on the decision at a later date.
Among other business, the Board was given an overview of the Senior Trip to Washington D.C. and Baltimore, took up the issue of tuition and host stipends for the foreign student program, viewed a video of the preparation of sleds by student teams for the cardboard sled races on the town ski hill during Winterfest, and were presented with a future opportunity by Bill Murphy to participate in programming targeted toward helping “students at risk” using additional state funding.