November 6, 2014
Prior to the November 5 meeting of the Board of Education, a reception was held to both welcome this year's new teachers and to thank Board members for their volunteer service. This was the first meeting following late October's Board of Education Recognition Week in New York state.
In keeping with Niskayuna tradition, books will be donated to each school
library in the name of the Board member who serves as the liaison to that
school. "I have great, great admiration for Board members who voluntarily give
up their own time to do the really important work of a school community,"
Interim Superintendent John Yagielski said.
School Board Recognition Week is an effort to build awareness of the vital function an elected board of education plays in a community. During the many hours members serve, they not only attend Board and parent/community meetings, but they also devote time to study federal, state and district regulations, stay apprised of national education issues and address district-specific matters.
School Board members display books that will be donated to school libraries in honor of their service. From left: Rosemarie Perez Jaquith, Bob Winchester, Debra Gordon (vice president), Patricia Lanotte (president), Barbara Mauro, and Kevin Laurilliard. Board member David Apkarian is not pictured.