Classes that cover significant areas of athletics, academics and recreation as presented by Frontier School District Community Education are said to be providing invaluable services to students, parents and senior citizens alike.
At Tuesday’s (Feb. 5) meeting of the Frontier Central School Board, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Mary Ann Costello, as well as Community Education representative Linda Baranowski, discussed the ever-growing parameters of the program, which was stated as having several new courses and clubs implemented within the last year. Chinese Mandarin was named as an after-school option for students as part of Community Education, to go along with other unique classes/activities such as Kung Fu Karate, Italian for Travelers I and II, Geneology 101, Haunted Ireland, Culture Kids Spanish, Structural Investing and Bringing Positive Back II. Additional offerings include Girls Lacrosse Camp, Youth Floor Hockey, Football Conditioning, Parent/Childrens Soccer, Little Sluggers Athletics, Intro to Girls Lacrosse, and Sit, Stretch & Strengthen.
Swimming programs for children, classified as servicing both the less advanced and more advanced in skill, were said to include four toddler classes and four Learn to Swim courses, the latter of which is characterized by ability Levels 1-3. One Learn to Swim program is offered to include swimmers in Levels 4-6. Additionally, an Aqua Aerobics program for senior citizens is offered three nights per week. Each of the aforementioned swim classes are said to be at capacity per semester and take place the Frontier Middle School pool. The ratio for students to lifeguard in classes designated as less advanced is listed at 2:1, while a 5:1 ratio exists for classes listed as more advanced.
Community Education programs are offered four semesters per year. Program enrollment was listed at 1,059 for the fall of 2012, compared to 964 in fall 2011; 1,023 in spring 2012 and 616 in summer 2012.
Baranowski said that in addition to providing diverse course offerings to students, an emphasis has been placed on servicing the local community’s residents, including senior citizens. Noted popular programs include trips and tours ranging from casinos to weekend treks to New York City. Also, the Golden Pass program was described as encompassing discounted drivers’ education and computer classes for individuals over the age of 55. Other general programs offered to those in the community include crafts, culinary arts, dancing and music, finance, fine arts, physical education and Kids Corner.
Newly implemented online registration for Community Ed is said to be extremely helpful in offering a new way for interested individuals to sign up for programs, as well as to provide a means of economizing through generating less paper and mailings. Credit card payments are accepted online, in addition to the traditional way of providing such information through mailing and faxing.
Decreases in staff and Community Ed hours were said to result in implementing necessary cost adjustments for 2012-13.
Staff was stated as being cut from five to two, and hours- previously listed as 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday through Friday- have been reduced to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Program rates have been increased 25 cents per hour, and computer classes offered during four-week sessions now carry an increase of $10 per hour. Also, a $15 fee has been added to cover costs of brochures, mailings and uses of rooms.
Besides activities held at the middle school, most Community Ed program events are said to take place at the Frontier Central Learning Center. Additional program information is available by calling 646-9412. The Community Ed fax number is 646-9416.
Other meeting items included a general outline of 2012-13 student enrollment and district staffing, as presented by Costello and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Myra Pinker. It was stated that district faculty totals 409.10, to go along with total support staff of 392. Elementary faculty was listed at 193. High school faculty were stated at 10 for Language Other Than English, compared to six at the middle school level; 17 in both high school and middle school special education; 17 in high school science, compared to six in middle school; 14 and eight in high school and middle school English, respectively; 14 and 6.8 in high school and middle school math, respectively; six and five, in high school and middle school physical education; 4.3 and 2.4 in high and middle school art; 4.6 and 6.4 in high and middle school music; 3.2 and 3 in technology; one apiece in library; six and three and school counseling; one apiece in both social workers, speech and psychologists; 1.7 and 1.8 in health; and 0.6 and one in reading.
Shared district faculty were said to be incorporated in areas of speech and English as a Second Language, the latter of which carries a 1.6 FTE position. In budgetary items conducted as part of the district’s ongoing planning for 2013-14, it was stated that Frontier’s preliminary gap of $5,335,138 has been adjusted to the newly stated amount of $4,859,842.