Board of Education Appreciation Night

Students, school administrators and Board of Education members gather for a group photo.
Students, school administrators and Board of Education members gather for a group photo.
Board Trustee Lisa Brieff.
Board Trustee Lisa Brieff.
Board Trustee Linda LaCara accepting for Laura Carey.
Board Trustee Linda LaCara accepting for Laura Carey.
Board Trustee Edward Nitkewicz.
Board Trustee Edward Nitkewicz.
Board President Jim Kaden.
Board President Jim Kaden.
Board Trustee Linda LaCara.
Board Trustee Linda LaCara.
Board Trustee Lisa Brieff accepting for Michele DeGaetano.
Board Trustee Lisa Brieff accepting for Michele DeGaetano.
Board Vice President Nicholas Ciappetta
Board Vice President Nicholas Ciappetta
BOE President Jim Kaden joins Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, in presenting the New York State School Board Association Level 3 Board Mastery Award to Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, BOE Vice President.
BOE President Jim Kaden joins Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo, in presenting the New York State School Board Association Level 3 Board Mastery Award to Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, BOE Vice President.
Created by the Long family - one of the clever gifts given to each BOE member by PTA Council President Dom LeClaire and daughters Violet and Milly.
Created by the Long family - one of the clever gifts given to each BOE member by PTA Council President Dom LeClaire and daughters Violet and Milly.

At the last Board of Education meeting, students from Oakwood and Countrywood Primary Centers were on hand to thank the board members for their dedication and commitment to providing a quality education.

Dedicated as Board Appreciation Night, the young students gave each board member a handcrafted present and read a card that talked about all the things they were appreciative of. A special thanks to Oakwood students: Jack David, Mark Tracy, Heather Kowalczyk, and Brianna Verga. And a big thank you to Countrywood students: Tatianna Cote, Abrianna Mandarino, and Samuel Lipson.  PTA Council President Dom LeClaire also made a presentation to each Board member thanking them for their service to the district.

Dr. Bennardo presented the New York State School Board Association Level 3 Board Mastery Award to Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta, BOE Vice President.  To achieve this level of mastery, Mr. Ciappetta accumulated 250 points by attending NYSSBA training seminars and conferences.  Mr. Ciappetta was given a certificate and commemorative padfolio from the NYSSBA in recognition of this honor.

At board meetings, educational and musical presentations are presented, policy discussions take place, and issues are debated in an open forum where residents are given a chance to be heard.  If you haven’t been to a board meeting, you owe it to yourself to attend and participate or just listen and become informed. If you’re already attending board meetings regularly, we thank you for your participation.

Join us at our next meeting Wednesday November 5th at Birchwood Intermediate School on Wolf Hill Road in Melville. Meetings start promptly at 7:30PM