Feb. 11 Board of Ed. Meeting Highlights

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A number of recognitions were presented at the Feb. 11 Long Beach Public Schools’ Board of Education Meeting. Students were congratulated for their achievements in writing and art, and Superintendent of Schools David Weiss presented certificates to Board of Education President Roy Lester, Vice President Stewart Mininsky and Trustee Darlene Tangney for their participation in the New York State School Boards Association’s Learning for Leaders University programs.

Director of 6-12 Humanities Theresa Scudiero distributed certificates of acknowledgment to a number of talented, hardworking high school students. Sophie Allen, Demi Amideneau, Charlotte Kasper, Chris Lester, America Muratori, Emily Reilly, Alexandra Thursland, Noelani Tomicick, Max Tunney and Iain Wall were commended for their contributions to the Fragments literary magazine.

The 2015 edition of Fragments won an overall award as Best All Around in the Empire State Scholastic Press Association Competition, and other distinctions were earned by Charlotte, Emily, Iain, Emily and Alexandra, along with several Class of 2015 graduates. The publication additionally garnered a first-class rating from the National Scholastic Press Association, a First Place With Special Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association, a gold medal from Columbia Scholastic Press Association and All-Columbian Honors in writing and visuals.

Sophie, Demi, Charlotte, America, Emily, Alexandra and Max were also honored for receiving Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, as were students Alyscia Batista, Lauren Bulik, Ava de Bruin, Colleen DiLello, Anna Falvey, Kate Hanson, Morgan Harrington, Jordan Landsman, Chysalis Mandell, Esther Molloy, Sarah Mullen, Vinny Pagano and Lucia Techera.

Gold Key awards were attained by Sophie, Ava, Anna, Morgan, Charlotte and Lucia. Alyscia, Lauren, Colleen, Anna, Kate, Charlotte, Chysalis, Vinny and Emily earned Silver Keys. Sophie, Demi, Anna, Charlotte, Jordan, Esther, Sarah, America, Emily, Lucia, Alexandra and Max took Honorable Mentions.

The meeting also featured a budget presentation that focused on benefits. The full report can be viewed at www.lbeach.org under the “School Board” menu. The budget will be discussed further at a work session on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at East School, as well as the March 10 Board of Education Meeting.