Sewanhaka BOE Holds Reorganization Meeting
Sewanhaka Central High School District Board of Education members were sworn in for the 2017-18 school year at the July 10 meeting at H. Frank Carey High School.
New to the board this year are trustees William Leder, representing Franklin Square, and Douglas Vigo, representing Floral Park-Bellerose. The board elected a president and vice president for the upcoming school year. David Del Santo and Michael Jaime were named president and vice president, respectively.
During his report, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cheryl Champ, who has accepted a superintendent of schools position at the Pelham Public School District effective Aug. 8.
“Dr. Champ is an outstanding administrator who has brought the most current and innovative technologies and instructional strategies into the classroom to enhance the success of our students,” said Dr. Ferrie. “Through her efforts, a more equitable and rigorous learning environment has been instituted in the Sewanhaka Central High School District. Dr. Champ has championed the district goal to ensure equitable practices. She established the Equity Task Force and the Cultural Proficiency Committees, which brought members of the community and the district together to discuss ways to allow all students equal access to enriched curricula. Dr. Champ has spearheaded student achievement outcomes and has moved the district in a positive direction on state assessment testing. It has certainly been my pleasure to work with Cheryl during the past five years and I wish her, as I’m sure all of us do, much success in her new endeavor.”
Dr. Champ thanked Dr. Ferrie and her colleagues. She also expressed her gratitude to current and former board members for taking a chance on her.
“To have come into the district and to be set on a path to make change and to have you support me throughout that has really just been an incredible experience,” she said. “My hope is that in the last five years, I’ve been able to provide a structure and road map to lay a strong foundation for the educational program of the schools that will be taken from here and move forward.”