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Sherman gets update on Breakfast in the Classroom, remembers late board member
July 9, 2017

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SHERMAN - Sherman Central School District principal Bryna Booth gave board of education members an update on the "Breakfast in the Classroom" program at their regular meeting on June 19,

"Breakfast in the Classroom" was launched this year with third grade students Booth said. Some of the benefits of the program include more students participating in the running program, student and teacher bonding at breakfast, and more students eating breakfast, she told the board.

In September, before the program started, 164 meals were served, Booth said, but in October, after launching the program, 462 meals were served. It gets kids going in the morning with full bellies, the teachers noted.

Booth told board members that, "we would like to expand this to fourth, and possibly fifth and sixth grades. There will be very little additional cost to the district if students in grades 3 through 6 participate in the Breakfast in the Classroom Program."

Sherman Central School Board of Education President Brian Bates began the meeting by requesting a moment of silence in memory of board Vice-President Gary DeLellis, who passed away on May 12.

DeLellis, who was also a board member for the Erie 2-Chautauqua BOCES, died unexpectedly at his home the Friday following Sherman School Board's May 8 meeting.

Ginestre presented an NYSSBA Board Excellence Award to Bates in recognition of 150 hours of participation in New York State School Board activities, and a Board Excellence Award to Colleen Meeder for over 250 hours of involvement in NYSSBA activities.

According to the NYSSBA, "the School Board U Recognition Program acknowledges the extensive time and effort required of school board members who continually strive to expand their knowledge and skills for better board governance." The NYSSBA maintains records of member's participation in credit-earning activities, such as the annual convention and regional workshops.

Ginestre reviewed several items for the board's approval, including the bond resolution for financing a new bus; setting July 10 as the date for the board's annual reorganizational meeting; and accepting the resignation of Athletic director, Mel Swanson.

Mrs. Martin wants to take her Spanish students on a trip to Costa Rica in 2019, Ginestre told the board, and she is asking for board approval. Board members voted to approve all items recommended by the Superintendent.

Ginestre also informed board members that the district will be able to offer a Section 611 (Grant) Special Education room next year.

"We can keep more students here instead of sending them off to BOCES," he said.

School Business Administrator Kimberly Oehlbeck informed the board that the firm of Bahgat & Laurito Bahgat will begin its external audit on July 24.

Ginestre asked the board about the possibility of establishing a capital reserve fund.

"It could be used to offset the burden on the taxpayer, to give us some flexibility, and it's a way to put some money aside without adding to our fund balance," he said.

Oehlbeck said voter approval is needed to establish a capital reserve. However, we don't need voter approval to fund it, she added. Ginestre noted that several neighboring districts make use of capital reserve funds.

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