Shoreham-Wading River school board members are in agreement with athletic director Mark Passamonte’s recommendation to ban student athletes from using their own safety equipment like helmets and shoulder pads.
The Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected to discuss safety issues when it comes to sports equipment in the district — namely, whether athletes should be banned from using their own helmets, according to Tuesday’s meeting agenda.
Shoreham-Wading River school district residents made their voices loud and clear on Tuesday: they want upgrades to their schools.
A $48.5 million construction project passed 1,421 to 585 on Tuesday, with 70.8 percent of voters approving the measure. The capital improvement project will require issuing a $33.5 million bonds and using another $15 million in reserves for additional construction work.
Shoreham-Wading River School District residents will head to the polls today to vote on a capital improvement referendum to issue $33.5 million in bonds and to use another $15 million in reserves for additional construction work.
The Shoreham-Wading River school board harshly criticized a recent state proposal to mandate additional standardized testing called “field tests” for grades 3 through 8.
In a resolution read aloud at its meeting Tuesday night, the board denounced the planned change as benefiting the companies that provide the tests more than the students. The change would result “in the reduction of students’ learning opportunities” and was proposed to create more ways to evaluate teachers based on testing scores, according to the resolution.
In the resolution, the board called the proposal a way to “subsidize private enterprise without public discussion.”
Previously, any participation in the tests was on a voluntary basis. The Board of Regents is currently considering the State Education Department’s proposal.
The district has previously taken stances against standardized testing. The school board called on state and federal educators to end the “over-reliance” on state testing for students.
This March, as the “opt-out” movement over standardized testing grew, Superintendent Steven Cohen issued a letter detailing how district parents could refuse to have their children take the tests.
Mr. Cohen has previously expressed concerns over standardized testing and its effect on students’ educations.
Sets of tables and chairs were arranged in the Miller Avenue Elementary School gym Tuesday night, right next to a row of display boards showing overhead construction plans with alterations highlighted in yellow and green.
At the tables sat Shoreham-Wading River School District administrators and school board members, ready to answer questions about the district’s proposed $48.5 million plan to refit and repair district schools. (more…)
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