Students from Rogers Elementary School should be all set to transition to Fletcher or Bush elementary schools this September.
The Rogers Transition Team presented Tuesday to the Board of Education the efforts that they have been making over the past year to ensure a smooth transition for children and their parents into their new school buildings.
"I think the kids are really thrilled. The tours that they have taken have really given them a positive outlook on what is going to happen. They've met some new friends, they can't wait for next year to start. They are getting excited," said Stacey Micciche, parent member of the Rogers Transition team.
Christine Schnars, Board of Education president, was named the first Distinguished Contributor to the Jamestown Educational Community during Tuesday’s meeting.
P-J photo by Liz Skoczylas
Students have taken tours of their new schools, participated in pen pal programs with the other schools, and have been invited to a variety of events and activities. Additionally, the transition team will be running practice bus runs at the end of August to prepare students before they begin the new year.
"The school board is extremely grateful to all of you who have worked on this team. Closing a school is difficult, and we know that," said Christine Schnars, board president.
Additionally Tuesday, several teachers from the district received tenure. Sharon Badach, Lori Bird, Meghan Demorest, Greg Jackson, Nicole Kane, Travis Knight, Luz Logan, Lloyd Long, Brandi Meacham, Amanda Chitester, Marygrace Anderson, Kimberly Spillane and Mary Neumann Ceminilli were all approved.
Mrs. Schnars was also named as the first Distinguished Contributor to the Jamestown Educational Community by the Board of Education. Her photo will hang in the administration building.
"There is no one that I can think of that is better to be the first woman. You have done so much for this community, and it is unfathomable how much time and effort that you have given," said Joe DiMaio, vice president of the board.
Mrs. Schnars accepted the honor by reminiscing on her experiences on the board.
"Thank you very much for this. It has been 25 years of joy for me to serve on this board," Mrs. Schnars said.
There will be one more Board of Education meeting that Mrs. Schnars will oversee before her term ends June 30.