At the April 7 Herricks Board of Education meeting, New York State School Boards Association recognized Herricks Public Schools for their Spanish Immersion Program with a special banner. The recognition is part of the NYSSBA program Champions of Change.
During the banner presentation, NYSSBA Member Relations Manager Patrick Longo said, “The Champion for Change program recognizes innovative and creative change that enriches educational opportunities and improves academic results.”
He praised the teachers, staff, administrators and board for their hard work and commitment to the program.
Herricks’ Spanish Immersion program is one of the most unique dual-language K-12 offerings in the state and is open to all students but serves mostly students who do not speak Spanish at home. The district launched the voluntary program in September of 2010.
Currently more than 520 students are enrolled districtwide and this June, the pioneering class of 22 students will graduate.