The Pawling Board of Education convened on Monday, October 16, at Pawling Elementary School for their second monthly meeting. The Board heard presentations from the Superintendent for Dutchess County BOCES, Dr. Neysa Sensenig, Assistant Superintendent of Finance, and Director of Facilities and Operations Glen Freyer. The Board also recognized two students named Commended Students to the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Dr. Richard Hooley, Superintendent for Dutchess BOCES made a presentation in the interest of fostering better communication between BOCES and individual school districts. Dr. Hooley offered an update on Pawling students currently enrolled in BOCES instruction. For this school year, a total of 27 Pawling students will be attending a BOCES program. Of those, 22 are students in the career technical institutes, mainly juniors and seniors who attend half-day programs. These classes include instruction in nursing, cosmetology, veterinary tech, and the culinary arts. Dr. Hooley also informed the Board that the career technical institutes are looking to include an agricultural program in the near future.
Dr. Neysa Sensenig gave a presentation on School District Financial Reporting, which had previously been given to the Dutchess County School Boards Association on October 5. Dr. Sensenig stressed the importance of monitoring the district’s budget to ensure fiscal fitness. This process includes Board members being able to easily identify fund names and identify appropriate codes on budget documents. By being well versed in these matters, school officials can better track budgetary items and review expenditures.
Board members later heard from Glen Freyer, Director of Facilities and Operations for the district. Mr. Freyer outlined a number of renovations and improvements that have taken place across the school system over the past year.
Pawling Elementary saw the installation of new public address speakers, electronically synchronized clocks, new risers in the school’s multipurpose room, and a new fire alarm system complete with automatic door magnets in the large assembly rooms. The multipurpose room floor was sanded and refinished, safety film was installed on all windows and doors, and the building’s front entrance was given a new coat of paint. Cafeteria refrigerator and freezer temperatures will now be able to be viewed on a computerized monitoring system.
At Pawling Middle School, a new water filtration system was installed, as well as UV protection film on windows. The gym is now outfitted with LED lights to save on utility costs, and the floor has been sanded, refinished, and now features a Pawling Tiger logo.
Pawling High School also benefitted from numerous projects this past year, most notably in the repaving of roads and parking lots with improved drainage on the surrounding campus. Student parking was expanded, and safer driving patterns were designed. The road base that was removed was put to use in the construction of new running trails on campus. The old road base was also used to create a new access point for maintenance equipment. The gym features a new electric divider curtain, and old bookshelves were removed from the library to install a counter with stools and charging stations for electronics.
The athletic fields of the district also received several upgrades, with the installation of safety nets and a new solar-powered scoreboard at the softball field, and a new scoreboard on the newly extended football field. The extended field will also now be able to accommodate multi-sport play, with enough room for three games to be played simultaneously.
The Board of Education was pleased to recognize PHS Seniors Abigail Reid and Elizabeth Barrick, who were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A letter of commendation from the high school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will be presented to these scholastically talented students.
The next meeting of the Pawling Board of Education is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pawling Elementary School, 7 Haight Street.