Controversy between the Clarkstown school board and district administration, notably the superintendent, began early in 2011 and continued throughout the year. New City Patch readers have shown they have an interest and concern about what is happening.
These 10 board of education stories were among the most highly read articles on New City Patch this year. It has been a tumultuous year with petitions filed to seeking to remove board trustees, distribution of anonymous emails, hiring of consultants and attorneys, and designation as a district in need of improvement.
It has also been a year of accomplishments. The Clarkstown district reinstated high school freshman sports and modified athletics at the middle school and reached contract agreements with all eight unions for an 18-month wage freeze. It was recognized for energy stewardship and its savings of more than $900,000 over four years in school energy costs. Additionally, a childcare center opened for employees, approximately 95 percent of its high school students graduate with a Regent’s Diploma, and a Clarkstown South High School student was honored as a Presidential Scholar. “Almost live” streaming of board meetings began this year and administrators and teachers gave presentations about the district’s usage of technology at Google headquarters.
Take a look at these articles, think back over the school year and how it was for you and your children. Tell us in the comments what it was like.