The Education Committee of the SW Common Council
6:00-7:00 pm on Zoom
The YouTube video of this meeting can be found at: https://youtu.be/oXxcMyRd_0g
Here are the meeting notes as a .pdf file: SWCC Education Committee Minutes 2021-02-24.pdf
Don Bartalo Coalition for Public Education, email@example.com
Sandi Bastedo Cornell Cooperative Extension, 315-530-2546 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Boutet SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271, email@example.com
Eleanor Coleman Rotary SW, CFC YouthBuild, 224-5119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lentory Johnson Light the Way/Legacy Pk Sta, 749-3494, email@example.com
Lee Loomis School #10 Volunteer Tutor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caterina L.Mannino School #17, Caterina.Leone-Mannino@rcsdk12.org,
Tiffany Owens SWAN @ 10 Cady St, 436-3090, email@example.com
Moniek Silas-Lee School #19 Principal, 328-7454, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting with Mayor
Mtg held in January w/ Mayor and other staff to discuss local busing which impacts student attendance and family participation; looking to reduce the 1.5 mile minimum so that, if parents want their child to be in the neighborhood, they have that choice.
Current system has children on the bus for long periods of time.
Parents often choose bus transportation over neighborhood schools because of employment needs and lack of adequate childcare.
Option exists for most suburban families.
Mayor suggested and will explore the issue of equity around local busing. Mayor has met with Superintendent and the issue is being discussed.
Caterina Leone Mannino, Principal School #17, closely exploring this issue on several fronts: Graduate education project; Board of Education, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, legislators and other politicians; working in Albany on special designation for Child Safety Zones which could impact busing.
For School #17, 386 children are currently without buses at this time.
There are other bus issues regarding busing related to COVID (adequate space); need a multi-pronged approach. What are creative ways to transport children to school; Walking School Bus, pay parents to walk children, etc.
School #19 completely on Board with push for neighborhood school attendance.
All other suburban districts have lower busing distances (except E. Rochester)
Caterina has quite a bit of GIS mapping overlays regarding crime and other relative data that she will send to John.
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Sandi Bastedo
Senior Nutritionist; 6 nutritionists at CCE and 6 and Foodlink
Can offer programming in schools, on Zoom, phys ed, health classes
Offer a Master Gardening program that can help with garden start-ups & maintenance
Work with all ages - 1st grade to 12th grade; all curriculum research- and evidence-based.
School #10, etc. - Lee Loomis
Volunteer Tutoring Team ready to begin serving
Recently got a tour of the beautiful new building renovations. Friday there will be a tour at 12 noon (about 40-50 minutes).
4th and 5th graders will have access to a Makers Space, a STEM lab for trades and technology
Main entry to building still on Congress for now.
At School #17, piloting Virtual Tutoring; professionals tune in twice a week from their desks using Break-Out Rooms; worked well with 2nd grade - gained more volunteers this way. School #10 2-3 weeks away of piloting the same project.
Teachers are struggling with simultaneous instruction; too difficult to switch attention back and forth; this is a good place to bring in tutors who could work with the online portion of the class.
Not as much of a need for clearance issues as work is online and can be monitored.
Lee will connect School #10 staff with Caterina and School #17 staff for tips