Superintendent Wool Outlines Plans for New School Year
By Stephen E. Lipken
Harrison Central School District Superintendent Dr. Louis N. Wool, Ed.D. presented their plans for the 2022-2023 School Year.
“Our summer was filled with learning for students, faculty and staff,” Dr. Wool began. “We just completed the second year of our highly successful summer learning program for students; almost 1,500 students participated, and programs were available at no cost to all students in grades kindergarten-12.
“The programs included a traditional high school summer school for those students requiring credit recovery and our annual Bridges to Literacy Program offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade that require additional support in math and English Language Arts. The district also provided ‘curiosity camps’ for all grade levels. Students selected subjects of their interests and engaged in hands-on-learning…
“The district was engaged in robust professional development, providing over 40 courses for professional learning, with over 500 registrations from our faculty and staff.
“As September approaches, we are in the final phase of our application to become an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. We hope to complete this process within the next two years…HCSD will be one of the only districts within the IBP available to all students K-12. As part of the new PYP, we are carefully planning to reintroduce our elementary foreign language program.
“Harrison High School and Preston Elementary School were both honored as New York State Recognition Schools for the second consecutive year. Recognition Schools are those with high academic achievements and strong progress…This year’s designees represent only 13% of NYS public schools.”
Regarding the safe reopening of school facilities, to ensure proper social distancing, the number of students who ride school buses and attend in-person instruction each day will be reduced by approximately 50% in buildings and more than 50% on school buses. Students will be required to wear face coverings at all times on school property, school buildings and school buses, except while eating/drinking at designated times.