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Dundee school board 10/08/09

Meeting: Dundee Central School District board of education met for one hour Oct. 8.
Attendance: Board member Carl Christensen was excused. Ten members of the public were in the audience.
Action: The board voted to schedule a workshop that would assist members in evaluation of the superintendent and possibly board member evaluations.
• Authorized a two year probationary period for a particular home instruction program due to a failure to submit quarterly reports and annual assessments in compliance with the law. Superintendent of Schools Nancy Zimar was empowered to obtain a remediation to correct the deficiencies. If there is no information provided during the probationary period the students must attend school.
Discussion without action: New teachers were introduced through a entertaining video produced by elementary art teacher Todd LaMar that featured Kermit the Frog as interviewer.
• Board of education President Joseph Capurso commended Alan and Lew Ann Giles, stating, “They have been fantastic benefactors and great friends to DCS.”
• Zimar presented an update on the strategic plan, noting there is a goal of maximizing literacy. She said peer tutoring will begin in November. There are currently 39 students in grades 11 and 12 who will participate and 23 aides in grades nine and 10. Zimar said the district is hoping to add more college credit courses. She said there are 30 now, making it possible for students to do their first year here. Another goal is to improve the dropout rate. Another feature are surveys which have as a purpose getting more parents involved in the school and shared decision making.
• Board Vice President James Koehler reviewed resolutions that will come before the New York State School Boards Association at their annual meeting.
Appointments/resignations: Junior/Senior high school faculty member Vicki O’Dell was named Teacher on Special Assignment. She will be assistant to the principal of the junior/senior high school.
Upcoming meetings: Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room. 

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