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Free snacks coming to Sherman students

December 31, 2015
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - If all goes well, Sherman Central School District students who take part in any after school program will be able to obtain a free snack, board of education members learned Monday, Dec. 21.

District Superintendent Kaine Kelly told the board that an application to the state for an after-school snack program is nearly complete.

Sherman cafeteria manager Heidi Ottaway reported that she had applied to the New York State Child Nutrition office for funds to reimburse the district for its planned program.

"So any kids staying after school will be able to get a free snack," Kelly said.

In another matter, Kelly reported that he and director of facilities Jared Oehlbeck have begun meeting with representatives from Young and Wright Architectural concerning the building condition survey that the firm has conducted.

The survey, which will serve as the springboard for the district's five-year plan, involves a complete inspection and assessment of all physical property in the district. Oehlbeck reported that Young and Wright has also provided the district with an ipad containing all of the information it has compiled as well as building drawings from 1959 to the present day.

Board member Brian Bates asked if the survey was "all that was promised." Kelly responded: "Absolutely. It's incredible how much information there is in there."

Kelly said the district will go through the survey step by step in order to determine and prioritize the needs of the district for the next five years.

In a related matter, Kelly told board members that the district would be trying to incorporate a $100,000 capital outlay item into the annual budget. The funds from this would be used each year for small projects identified by the survey, he said.

"Now that we have this document, we will be able to pick away at a lot of the small jobs we have been wanting to do," Kelly said.

In other business, Kelly told board members that "Operation Santa Claus" has provided gifts and holiday food for 13 families in the district.

The project is funded by "dress-down days" in which students and teachers wear casual clothes and donate money to a fund. Staff members then go shopping to for gifts, clothes and food, Kelly said.

Kelly reviewed a report recently completed by a state task force that offers recommendation for revising the common core and APPR assessment standards.

Kelly said he did not anticipate any "sweeping changes" but school districts could expect some changes in the curriculum. "The smallest change in standards affects every district," Kelly said. "Any time you change the game, there needs to be a lot of training."

However, Kelly said, while the term "common core" will probably be change, the standard it provided for curriculum is still the norm for now. "Our message has been 'keep at it,'" he said. "Our kids are showing gains so we are going to keep doing what we do."

Sherman Principal Michael Ginestre reported that the basketball program will continue its partnership with the Erie Bayhawks. Bayhawk team members and coaches visited Sherman on Dec. 15 for a practice and autograph session.

Both girls and boys basketball teams will be playing at the Erie Insurance Arena against Forestville on followed by a Bayhawks game on Jan 18, Ginestre said. Tickets for all of the games are $10.



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