School patrol officers approved for VVS schools

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VERONA — Special patrol officers for schools, a cancer prevention awareness program, and world languages department activities were among topics for the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (VVS) school district Board of Education.

Among items addressed at last week’s board meeting, as noted by the VVS district:

• A contract for four part-time school patrol officers, for the equivalent of two full-time officers, has been approved by the county, and the officers will be in place shortly.

The board in December voted to give district Superintendent Martha Group the authority to contract with Oneida County for the officers, and the district has worked with the Sheriff’s Department on the initiative.

Several other area school districts have taken up the county’s offer last year to help pay for special patrol officers for security in schools.

• An Oneida County Health Department Cancer Prevention Grant that was awarded by the state Department of Health was reviewed by administrative intern Alana Boylan.

Through the grant, the county will be able to provide assistance in prevention of skin cancer, such as sun safety information and UV (ultraviolet)/tanning safety, said the VVS district.

“The way that VVS will take advantage of this grant is by providing sunshade structures in the play areas of all three elementary buildings,” Boylan said.

Many groups will benefit from the sunshade, including VVS students, BOCES students, and community members who use the elementary playgrounds, the district added.

• The World Languages Department, led by Teacher Leader Laura Rouse, presented program highlights from the past three years.

Included were raising $700 for UNICEF, donating items to children in Haiti, writing holiday cards to Noyes Manor residents, integration of multiple technology tools in the classroom, and early language learning initiatives.

The presentation concluded with a video of classroom activities and technology integration that supported the department’s trend in proficient testing scores over the past three years, said the district.

“It’s great to see so many new activities and initiatives, especially at the younger grades,” said board member Nancy Pitman. Group added “I have to compliment these folks, because they put together the early language program and are very enthusiastic about the program and bringing it to life. They really went above and beyond....”

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