SWCS Board Hears Update On Renovations

An updated code of conduct and an update on renovation were discussed Tuesday by the Southwestern Central School’s superintendent.

The updated code of conduct included a restriction on bags being worn throughout the school day. According to the new school Code of Conduct, purses and backpacks are now restricted from use during usual school hours and now have to be kept inside the students’ lockers.

Board President James Butler raised the concern of the common complaint that students use their backpack to carry books back and forth from classes. To that, Superintendent Maureen E. Donahue pointed to the shift in digital devices over books.

“Most of them are going to e-books,” Donahue said referring to the transition from physical text books to the electronic equivalent. “As they have more than one device now they’re carrying less and less.”

Donahue also updated the board on a few topics during her superintendent’s report, one of which was the update on renovations happening inside Southwestern currently and an update on the “performance contract” that Southwestern is consulting with Clark Patterson Lee.

Donahue said she will be meeting with the architecture firm soon and will have a full report of the proposed ideas for the Board of Education by next week.

The renovations include cleaning out specific rooms in the school. The topic of recycling and repurposing furniture was discussed by the board. The board is planning a garage/yard sale for either this summer or the following fall semester.

“It’s not going to net a lot of money but it is going to net a lot of stuff leaving us,” Donahue said. “I hate to see stuff thrown in a dumpster that doesn’t need to be.”

The board also approved four positions up for tenure and two positions were approved for permanent spots in the district.

Liza Babcock was appointed as the school psychologist; Allison Genco and Elizabeth Jagoda were both appointed in the Remedial Speech area; and Brittney Seiberg was appointed to the tenure position in the health education and physical education area. The appointments are effective Aug. 28.