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Opening Plans At Mount Markham

The Mount Markham Board of Education met Tuesday evening to discuss new business.

The meeting began with a presentation to the Board from Schools to Careers Liaison Mary Beth Napolitano about the S2C program and the services they offer to students for career exploration and development. The S2C program offers an asynchronous and synchronous virtual library on their website as well as numerous services for professional development and preparation.

In addition to resume services, the S2C program holds regional events, job shadowing, career days, business tours, and several other readiness services.

Napolitano said the program was founded to help students and provide assistance to Districts.

MM BOE President Cynthia Miller asked about the number of students accepted to the program from each school, Napolitano said there are usually two to five students accepted per school, adding the selection process takes into account students’ responsibility towards completing schoolwork they won't be in class for.

Dr. Stephen Mesick spoke to the Board about Gov. Kathy Hochul's mandatory mask policy. Mesick agreed with the decision, citing his concern about Covid information being spread from non-medical sources.

Protestors gathered outside the Board meeting beforehand to share their dissatisfaction with the mask mandate, pointing to data regarding the inefficiency of masks towards stopping the spread of airborne viruses.

Several parents noted their desire to make determinations about masks for their children on their own. Another point of importance was no vaccinations for students at school without parental permission.

MMCSD Superintendent Joe D'Apice said the District is busy preparing for the new school year. Four positions are open on the building staff while a ELA/AIS Teaching position in the Middle School still needs to be hired.

The Board approved a resolution upon recommendation from the Internal Claims Auditor approving warrants, intrafund transfers, and the July extra classroom treasurer's report…


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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