BCSD District News
Dear Beacon City School District Community:
I wanted to take a minute this summer to let everyone know some great news.
The Beacon City School District was awarded a $400,000 grant from the New York State Education Department to expand our instrumental music program and to offer an additional world language program at the secondary level.
The grant was part of $28.5 million awarded to 38 school districts across the state as part of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment federal grant program.
The money will pay for instructional staff salaries, materials and supplies, and professional development to both expand our instrumental music program and begin an additional world language program. We are very excited to have received the grant. We will keep the community updated as we proceed to implement this grant over the next two school years. Special thanks go out to our Assistant Superintendent Cecilia Dansereau-Rumley who headed up this ffort.
More information about the grant is here: http://www.nysed.gov/news/2018/new-york-state-education-department-awards-285-million-federal-grants-lift-student
BOE Committee Meetings
The Board of Education has scheduled two committee meetings for Wednesday, August 22nd.
7:00 P.M. Facilities and Operations
8:15 P.M. Policy
The meetings will take place in the Community Room at Beacon High School.
The next Board of Education Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will take place on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at Beacon High School.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
Due to forecasted thunderstorms for this morning, the Beacon High School graduation is indoors at the Beacon High School Gym at 9:00 A.M. today. A live stream video of the graduation will be shown in the high school theater for people without tickets. We ask that people with tickets enter at the gymnasium entrance and people without tickets enter through the BHS main entrance. After the ceremony, the entire high school will be open for different locations for family photos. I apologize about this inconvenience for folks.
BCSD Appointments June 4th
At its June 4, 2018 meeting, the Beacon City School District Board of Education appointed three administrators to the district.
Elisa Soto was appointed to be the Principal of Beacon High School. She is currently the Assistant Principal at Monroe-Woodbury High School. Prior to that position, Elisa was a guidance counselor in Middletown and a Spanish teacher in Washingtonville and New York City Public Schools.
Crystal Sessoms was appointed to be the new principal of J.V. Forrestal Elementary School. Crystal is currently the Assistant Principal of Ithaca High School. Prior to that position, she was a middle school special education teacher in Ithaca.
Michael Kealy was appointed to be the new Director of Technology. Michael is currently the Director of Technology for the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District. Prior to that position, he was a social studies teacher and an academic dean.
The search process for all three positions solicited community and staff input and involved different stakeholders in the interview process.
We are very excited about all three new administrators coming to our district.
Pictured from left- Elisa Soto, Michael Kealy, Crystal Sessoms