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Four foreign students at ILCS

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Updated: 5:54 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- Four foreign students will start their school year Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Indian Lake Central.

Two foreign students attended last year, the inaugural year of the program.

When the ILCS Board of Education met Tuesday, Aug. 19, Superintendent Mark Brand announced the foreign students: sophomore Julia Blaschak of Germany, juniors Mathis Vormelker of Germany and Elin Svanberg of Sweden, and senior Yun Hong Kim of South Korea.

They can expect to get a good education, according to Principal Dave Snide. "We did very well on the 2013/14 Regents," Snide reported.

Level 1 reflects scores of 54 or below, Level 2 55-64, Level 3 65-84, and Level 4 85-100.

Earth Science Regents saw all taking the test passing with 43 percent at Level 3 and 57 percent at Level 4.

Living Environment Regents saw all passing with 33 percent at Level 3 and 67 percent at Level 4.

English Language Arts saw all passing with 67 percent at Level 3 and 33 percent at Level 4.

Global History and Geography saw all passing with 50 percent at Level 3 and 50 percent at Level 4.

U.S. History & Government had 15 percent at Level 2, 31 percent at Level 3 and 54 percent at Level 4.

Integrated Algebra had 10 percent at Level 2 and 90 percent at Level 3.

Common Core Algebra had 14 percent at Level 2 and 86 percent at Level 3.

In Geometry and Algebra 2-Trig 100 percent passed at Level 3.

Any student who didn't pass or wants to improve their score is allowed to take the test again.

HOMEWORK POLICY

Brand reported that after meeting with 11 teachers Aug. 13, the board decided to stay with Policy 7210 adopted in 2009.

Under Policy 7210 teachers are encouraged to assign and grade homework, but homework grades are not factored into grade point averages derived from tests.

The meeting was held because some teachers wanted to have homework grades re-instituted as part of determining GPAs. They believe not counting homework has resulted in some students not bothering to do it.

APPROVALS

The Student Transportation Cooperative Agreement was approved for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. It allows any student from Indian Lake, Long Lake, Minerva, Bolton, Johnsburg, Newcomb, North Warren, and Schroon Lake central schools to be transported on any bus from any of the schools.

The school will contract with Integrys Energy Services of Ny Inc., Liverpool, for 12 months of electricity delivery at a fixed price of $0.078 per kilowatt-hour.

The board rejected the only bid received for a generator, for $102,000. The school will re-advertise for bids from vendors interested in providing and installing a generator, with the hope of getting some closer to the $86,000 it has budgeted for one.

The school will purchase a 2014 Dodge Caravan for $22,000 from Krystal Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Warrensburg.

STAFF MATTERS

Lizette Pierson was approved as the Pre-K teacher.

Math teacher Erica Eager has resigned. Jed Armstrong is the new math teacher.

Joan Hutchins was approved as a cafeteria aide / cleaner.

The Indian Lake Central School District Board of Education will next meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, starting at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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