Hudson board briefed on elementary school topics

HUDSON–The Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School held a curriculum workshop for the Hudson City School District Board of Education at the board’s November 26 meeting.

Topics included:

• Social emotional development of students in the classroom

• The mentoring of newer teachers by more experienced teachers

• The importance of people getting to know parts of the building other than the one they are in for most of the day.

Among other items at the meeting the board accepted with regret the retirement of Kathryn Voigt, a special education teacher, effective August 2019. She was thanked by the board for her 27 years of service to the district.

The Board nominated Business Administrator Sharifa Carbon for the Governing Board of the New York Cooperative Assets Securities System (NYCLASS), a “highly liquid investment fund, designed specifically for the public sector.” It “provides the opportunity to invest funds on a cooperative basis.” The investments are chosen “to yield favorable returns while striving to provide maximum security and liquidity.”

The system is administered by the governing board, which may have up to 15 members. A governing board member must be either a participant’s chief financial officer or other “designated officer” with knowledge and expertise in financial matters.

The Hudson school board indicated that the nomination itself is an honor.

The school board appointed Rachel Rissetto to the positions deputy district clerk and clerk pro-tem for the 2018-19 school year.” Ms. Rissetto served as provisional Human Resources Director during the summer.

At the previous Board of Education meeting October 22:

• External Auditor Scott Preusser told the district administration: “You’re in even better financial condition than you were last year. Your assets to liability ratio has increased. Revenues came in over budget. And you have reserve funds”

• Student representative Kyle Ublacker said that interscholastic activities had caused Hudson students to realize “we’re the most diverse school in the area.”

“We’re the 9th most diverse school district in the state,” said Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier. “That’s one of our strengths. We are a microcosm of the world”

• Retired teacher Kay Cook presented hats, gloves, and scarves for children who need them, courtesy of the Adult Learning Institute at Columbia Greene Community College, some of whose members hand knitted many of the items.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be Monday, December 22, at the Junior High School library. It will start with a curriculum workshop at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

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