To ‘build a world-class community of schools’ and more

What's new for education, September 15 to 21

Posted 9/14/22

Nine pre-K scholarships help local families

MILFORD, PA — With funding from Greater Pike Community Foundation, scholarships totaling over $16,000 are helping nine students attend pre-K …

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To ‘build a world-class community of schools’ and more

What's new for education, September 15 to 21


Nine pre-K scholarships help local families

MILFORD, PA — With funding from Greater Pike Community Foundation, scholarships totaling over $16,000 are helping nine students attend pre-K programs.

Tuition assistance was awarded to the families of seven children at the Center for Developmental Disabilities. The assistance helps defray the costs for summer or fall enrollment.

Additionally, the families of two students enrolled at Green Trees Early Learning Center received tuition assistance.

“I’d like to thank Greater Pike Community Foundation for choosing my son James as the recipient of the pre-K summer camp scholarship,” said Lucia Schrag. “This thoughtful and generous gift allowed me to keep my full-time job and also gave my son the opportunity to have a fun and educational summer at CDD.”

Contributions from the Dime Bank and Highmark Life Insurance, through the educational improvement tax credit program of Pennsylvania’s department of community and economic development made the scholarships possible.

“We are committed to improving educational outcomes for children throughout the state and believe in the value that will be provided through these contributions,” said Dan Onorato, executive vice president at Highmark Health.

Greater Pike helps individuals, families and local businesses to provide a permanent and personal way to give back to the community. For more information, call Jenni Hamill, executive director, at 570/832-4686, email, or visit

Applications for adult continuing-ed scholarship due September 15

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Community Foundation has announced the creation of the Marshall Scholarship, which focuses on adult continuing education.

The John E. and Marjorie L. Marshall Scholarship awards scholarships up to $2,000 per person per year to Wayne County residents of any age, who are pursuing training in the fields of diesel power technology, heavy equipment technology and repair, and other related agricultural/construction equipment repair courses of study. Applicants pursuing programs in agricultural sciences or agri-business (either two-year or four-year programs) could also be considered. Financial need will be a consideration for award. Applications are due Thursday, September 15. Visit WayneFoundation.Org/Scholarships for more information.

Delaware Valley launches search for next superintendent

MILFORD, PA — Delaware Valley School District has selected the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent, following Dr. John Bell’s departure for the Port Jervis school district.

“We are eager to begin our search for the next superintendent, who we hope to welcome to our district later this year,” said Jack Fisher, Delaware Valley school board president. “We are seeking a well-rounded candidate who will work collaboratively with the community and keep the success of our students at the forefront of their work.”

The PSBA has served Pennsylvania’s elected school board directors for more than 125 years. For the candidate search, the process will include community surveying, advertising and recruitment, candidate interviews, screening and selection.

The search began on September 6 with the release of the community questionnaire on the district’s website, and will run through Monday, October 17. This questionnaire is an opportunity for stakeholders, including residents, parents, guardians, faculty and staff to suggest the attributes and skills needed by the next superintendent.

Interested candidates should visit for additional information and to apply. To assure a review by the board, candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and application by Monday, October 17. All other required documents must be submitted or in process. Questions related to the superintendent search can be directed to Shane Pagnotti, search consultant with PSBA, at

Food and movement matter in school

NEW YORK STATE — SNAP-Ed New York (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) concluded the statewide 2022 School Wellness Summer Symposium was held online in August. It brought together over 150 school staff, administration, SNAP-Ed educators and community agency staff, representing over 30 school districts from across the state.

Fallsburg and Eldred school districts attended, as did Sullivan 180.

The event emphasized how food and movement connect to the heath and success of students, teachers and community.

“It was a wonderful symposium and so many great things will transpire from it,” said Jennifer Tuthill, a teacher at Newburgh Enlarged School District and one of the presenters. “I’d love to continue to be a part of all the great work you are doing. It is so important for our public school classrooms”

SNAP-Ed NY partnered with the Rockland Teachers’ Center Institute to offer free continuing teacher and leader education credits (CTLEs) to attendees. Sessions included math and movement, nutrition in the classroom, diversity in motion, using the outdoors to enhance learning, practical applications of family engagement, resilience in schools and more.

“All of these ideas are phenomenal yet practical to implement in a classroom” said one of the participating teachers.

Recordings of the sessions are available online at

For more information, visit

To ‘build a world-class community of schools’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Central School District (MCSD) has a new roadmap to guide it as the district develops its vision of, as it said, “building a world-class community of schools and becoming a district of choice.”

Over the summer months, the school board formally accepted the district’s strategic plan, authored by a diverse committee of administrators, board members, students, teachers, parents of MCSD students and community members.

The plan is based on four goals identified by the board in 2019, and charts a course forward from 2022 through 2025, a district spokesperson said. While traditional strategic plans can often be overladen with pages and pages of information, the district created a simple, easy-to-understand document that can be continuously referenced, ensuring that district work is in line with the plan. The plan defines success, identifies available resources and includes a year-by-year list of tasks and action items.

“We limited the plan to four pages—one page for each goal,” Monticello superintendent Dr. Matthew Evans said. “We asked our committee members to be very specific in creating these plans, emphasizing actionable and measurable metrics. Because of the simplicity of this plan’s design, it will be easy to determine whether we’re moving in the right direction, and change course if or when necessary.”

The strategic plan committee met several times over the school year, with sub-committees meeting in between the larger group meetings. The diversity of the committee ensured that a wide range of perspectives were included in the plan’s creation, Evans said.

“The process was a truly collaborative one, and many lively and insightful discussions were had during the meetings,” he said. “I want to thank all of the committee members for the many hours that they volunteered in service to the district and the greater community. We are excited to move forward.”

The strategic plan is available on the district’s website, Click on About Us in the top navigation menu, and then select Strategic Plan from the links.

EMT refresher course, basic courses, offered this fall

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan is offering an emergency medical technician (EMT) refresher class from Sunday, September 25 to Sunday, December 18. It will also hold an EMT basic course, from Monday, October 3 to Sunday, December 18.

Emergency medical technicians are in high demand, with substantial projected job growth for the future.

SUNY Sullivan’s EMT basic and EMT refresher courses provide a hands-on, interactive learning experience through classroom work, skill practice in simulated scenarios, plus field experience. Students will learn to assess and care for patients at the scene of an incident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital. Students will also learn to manage respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies.

Course instructors will prepare them for the New York State practical and written certification exams.

The cost for the EMT-Basic course is $700, and for EMT-Refresher the cost is $335. Course text materials and state exam fees are the student’s responsibility. If a student is sponsored, following certification, the qualified sponsor may submit DOH Form 3312 for tuition reimbursement. Classes meet in person in Building E on the SUNY Sullivan campus. The courses meet Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

SUNY requires students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and boosters are strongly suggested. Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to register.

For applications and more information, contact Bridget Schiffer at, or call 845/434- 5750, ext. 4242.


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