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Honors and accolades handed out by North Collins School Board

CLASS LEADERS — Karina Pagan, left, will serve as valedictorian and Katherine Yoder will have salutatorian honors during commencement exercises for the North Collins High School class of 2014. The two were presented to their school board on April 22.
NORTH COLLINS — North Collins Junior-Senior High School Principal Annie Metcalf presented Valedictorian Karina Pagan and Salutatorian Katherine Yoder to the school board on April 22.

Pagan, who has a 99.4 GPA, has announced plans to continue her studies in science at D’Youville College, this fall. She said that she will pursue a master’s degree with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Yoder, who has a 97.7 GPA, will attend Geneva College, where attainment of an English education degree is her stated goal.

Both students are members of the National Honor Society and the book club, among other activities. Pagan is also a member of the junior varsity girls softball team.

Metcalf praised the school’s book club, of which Joe Steger serves as advisor. Most recently, that group has been reading the works of authors who will speak as part of the Babel series held at Kleinhans Music Hall, this year.

The principal also revealed that, with assistance from Amy Ward, the school now offers a service learning credit that she said should prove beneficial to both students and the community.

Aligned with state education guidelines, the program finds students assisting in a number of projects, under the guidance of town Highway Superintendent David Winter.

Among their tasks so far has been cleanups at town parks and cemeteries. The group has also announced plans to construct picnic tables for park use.

Interim Superintendent Joan Thomas brought attention to faculty member Thomas Bittner, who was recently named a fellow by the National Council on Social Studies. Bittner also recently had an article published in Modern Germany Update Magazine.

In regard to questions about how the implementation of the Common Core curriculum would impact the accelerated reader program, Elementary Principal John Cataldo said that the student body currently has 9,000 points toward its goal of 10,000, and is 3,000 points ahead of last year’s position.

Eric Ring, a volunteer in North Collins’ youth sports activities and the parent of a student enrolled in the district, reported receiving a letter from the district saying that his home is out of the district and that his daughter would not be able to attend North Collins, next year.

The letter was the result of a review conducted by Thomas, after she found a number of out-of-district students enrolled at North Collins.

Ring said that his house had been home to other relatives who were all graduates of North Collins, and said that the neighbors across the street and behind his house are within the school district.

Citing his own community involvement, he asked the board, “What defines a community? Is it boundaries?” He asked that the board implement a boundary alteration to place his parcel, which is now listed as part of the Lake Shore School District, into the North Collins District.

Thomas said she had reviewed the current map and agreed that it was strange that Ring’s property sits in a triangle-shaped cut-out at the edge of the district.

The board members agreed to study the matter. If they favored including Ring’s parcel, agreement from the Lake Shore District would also be required.

In other board news:
– The following coaches for the district’s boys sports teams were approved: varsity soccer, Grant Walters; junior varsity soccer, Robert Catalino; modified soccer, Scott Gill; varsity basketball, Catalino; JV basketball, Jan Warren; seven – eight basketball, Paul Kellner; varsity baseball, Kellner; JV baseball, Catalino and modified baseball, Ryan Hayes.

– The following coaches for the district’s girls sports teams were approved: varsity soccer, Timothy Flanagan; JV soccer, Robyn Turner; modified soccer, Danielle Buergin; varsity basketball, John Lewis; modified basketball, David Burgstahler; varsity volleyball, Burgstahler; JV volleyball, Amber Small; modified volleyball, Hayes; varsity softball, Warren; JV softball, Vince Fininzio; modified softball, Janae Frascella and Small and cheerleading, Tara Mentley.

A coach for girls JV basketball has yet to be determined.

– The board approved the tentative Boards of Cooperative Educational Services’ administrative budget of $2,852,064.

– A nominating petition from Mark Snow for a five-year-term on the school board was accepted.

– The board received a donation of $103.56 from the elementary parent-teacher association for art supplies.

– The board approved a Nov. 5 – 11 student trip to Disney World, which will be chaperoned by Tracy Robillard and Robert English.

– Summer school transportation for special education students, as well as students attending sessions at a North Collins facility, was approved for July and August.

The school board will host a public hearing about the proposed 2014 – 2015 district budget at 7 p.m. on May 13, in the high school library.
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