An enthusiastic delegation of youngsters from Woodside Elementary School presented the latest installment of Peekskill’s Talented Students performances at the start of the June 5 meeting of the Board of Education.
The program received a bilingual – English and Spanish – introduction from Principal Staci Woodley and Assistant Principal Jacqueline Liburd. The musical numbers included a spirited song, accompanied by the waving of flags, with the theme of “We are American every day … living the American way.”
Woodside, home to the district’s youngest students, is “where excellence in Peekskill begins,” Woodley said. The Talented Students series also featured Woodside on March 6.
In other action at the meeting:
- The Peekskill High School boys lacrosse team, coached by Jason Jakimer, was recognized for reaching the playoffs for the first time in six years.
- During the hearing of citizens a resident voiced concern about reductions in library and music positions because of budget constraints.
- The board formally adopted the $74,325,932 budget for the 2012-13 school year, which begins July 1. District residents approved the budget May 15. The board authorized Peekskill City Comptroller Charles Emberger to levy and collect $36,188,501 in property taxes on behalf of the district. The remaining $38,137,431 of the budget comes from anticipated state aid and other receipts.
- The board approved the proposed $224,311 budget for the 2012-13 school year for the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association and approved Peekskill board member Douglas Glickert to serve a three-year term, ending in 2015, on the association’s board.
- Upcoming board meetings are scheduled June 19, July 3 (the annual reorganizational meeting), Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, all at 7 p.m. in the Administration Center, 1031 Elm St.