December 13, 2017 - Lenox Elementary School
Meeting called to order at 8:10pm, Pledge, Emergency Exits.
BOE President’s Report, Joel Press (JP): Complimented principal on condition of the school. PTA
for the refreshments. Happy Hanukkah
Approved and accepted minutes of Nov 8th and Nov 30th meetings unanimously.
Friday BOE mailing accepted unanimously.
Shari Camhi (SC):
Russ Randazzo: Fire Safety yearly report. Requirement of NYS. Inspection of all buildings,
Baldwin UFSD is compliant with all codes. Bruce Bigam (sp?) and Assoc. is the district’s facilities
oversight outfit. Toured, inspected, and conferred annual approval July 6, 2017. Was not able
to present approval at last month’s meeting as scheduled.
NYS schools inspections representative: Baldwin UFSD always exemplary. Praised Russ
Randazzo for leadership. Despite furnishing being in the hallways because of summer
inspection, all exits were clean in all of our schools. Remarked that he uses this district as a
model for others in the state. 2018 inspections will begin May 15th and run through the end of
July. He will again work with Russ to get them completed.
JP: Commented that he has been attending BOE meetings for ten years and heard the same
commendable report on schools’ facilities.
Stephanie Boulder (SB) presented, director of the high school guidance program.
Guidance Department is here this evening
Graduation rates are improving: 90% in 2015, 92% in 2016, and 95% in 2017
Advanced Regents Diploma at 94% combined in 2017
Last night was the first AP parent night for the year. Covered Advanced Placement courses and
benefits of enrolling in them.
There will be an AP Student Fair to market course offerings to the students as well. District has
increased AP courses across the curriculum, adding a capstone diploma program.
Baldwin hosts an on-site college admissions fair at the high school. Students have the
opportunity to learn about meet participating admissions offers and even apply and gain
acceptance on the spot.
Scholarships are available from the district as well as colleges and universities.
There will be a freshman orientation for graduating 8th graders in August
FAFSA applications are due earlier so information and counseling about financial aid is
something the guidance department provides.
List additional services the department provides was covered in Dr. Boulder’s presentation to
the Board and the community.
Guidance functions as the hub of the high school for students. They can review their
transcripts, get counseling for shortcomings, strategies for improvement, recommendations for
course selections, et cetera.
SB concluded with some aspirational and inspirational quotes.
Karyn Reid (KR): Are students required to pay for the AP exams?
SB: Yes, but the district pays half.