Homer BOE discusses recent school-related activities

(Photo Source: Chelsea Horak of The Cortland Voice).

The Homer Central School District Board of Education (BOE) convened for its regular meeting on May 24. 

The original agenda had been amended to address pressing business and also accommodate the many school related activities the board members were observing that evening, including sporting events and a concert.

Schedule Changes

Of note was an announcement that the U.S. History and Government Regents exam this week has been canceled. 

Superintendent Tom Turck quoted the New York State Education Department, explaining that the change was due to material that may “compound student trauma caused by the recent violence in Buffalo”. 

The change is said to have “no impact” on students’ records, similar to when multiple exams were canceled due to the pandemic in recent years, Turck added.

Additional updates to the school calendar include no school on Monday, June 20 in observation of Juneteenth, with classes resuming for a final day on June 21. 

School Updates

Building principals were originally scheduled to present on the on-goings at their individual schools, but the presentations were postponed due to time constraints. Updates can always be found in the Blue Pride newsletter here on the district’s BoardDocs site.

Involved Board

BOE members reported on the various school activities they have recently observed or participated in, including sporting events, concerts, an elementary school farm trip, and a STEAM event. 

BOE members are often parents of current or former students and get direct involvement with the district by helping to chaperone field trips. This allows them to witness the kinds of experiences and alternative learning opportunities they are approving. Concerts, plays, and other performances are open to the public, and offer free or low-cost entertainment to the community.