Hudson school board wraps up its school year

HUDSON–Praise for and recognition of people who have served and shown interest in the Hudson City School District (HCSD) highlighted that District’s Board of Education meeting Monday, June 19, its final meeting of the 2016-17 school year.

Kamrul (Mohammed) Hassan, the student representative to the board, gave his final report on school events. Mr. Hassan, a senior at Hudson High School, will graduate June 23 and go to SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, where he will study civil engineering. “Thank-you for having me,” he told the board.

Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier told him, “On to bigger and better things, but you’re always a Blue Hawk!”

Catherine Drumm, food services supervisor, who attended the meeting, heard the board announce her retirement after 11 years with the district. She plans to “head South” to be with her children. Dr. Suttmeier told her, “We have a strong food services department.” The superintendent said it would be hard to fill her position.

Dr. Suttmeier also said that she and district Coordinator of School Improvement April Prestipino are “pleased with the candidate pool” they have been interviewing for several job openings in the district. “It’s good to see all the talent that is out there and interested in working for the HCSD,” said Ms. Prestipino.

Dr. Suttmeier also reported on and praised student musical performances, some of which included both instrumental and vocal numbers. The performances included young children playing string instruments, players of all instruments showing improvement from one grade to the next and enthusiastic audiences.

Dr. Suttmeier credited both the district’s growing music program and the Project Harmony program. She praised individuals who proactively contributed to and advanced the music programs in the district.

Also at the meeting, Ms. Prestipino announced that the state Education Department has decided to reduce the ELA (English language arts) and math tests from three hours to two hours.

The next meeting of the Hudson Board of Education is Wednesday, July 5, in the Hudson High School Library at 6:30 pm. It will be the organizational meeting for the 2017-18 school year and take place on a Wednesday instead of the usual Monday meeting day and begins at 6:30 instead of the usual 7 p.m. starting time.

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