The following are highlights of discussions and actions from the Jan. 20 Board of Education meeting. For the full minutes and audio recordings from the meeting, please refer to “Agendas and Minutes” under the “Board of Education” section.
Board of Education President Bill Holub read a statement to the community that encouraged people to come together and respect one another’s different opinions.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kusum Sinha discussed the phased-in return to full time instruction for secondary students. Due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases after the holidays, the plan was postponed and now the targeted start date is Feb. 1 for seniors and sixth-graders. On Feb. 24, grades 8 and 11 will return, and the remaining grades will be back fully on March 8. Hybrid and remote instruction will still be options, and parents will be surveyed to assess their preferences.
Sinha shared several updates. She announced that high school junior Emma Nagler achieved perfect scores on her SAT and PSAT and congratulated her on this accomplishment. She shared that winter athletics are off to a good start and the fencing team won both its matches last week. She also extended thanks to Locust School Principal Dr. Jean Ricotta, who will be moving out of state in February, and wished her well in her next chapter on behalf of the district.
The Town of Hempstead CARES Act Grant was approved by the Board and Dr. Sinha thanked Town Supervisor Don Clavin for the $150,000 grant that will reimburse PPE expenditures.
Sinha noted that the Chromebooks that were ordered over the summer are still delayed and now the anticipated arrival is mid-February.