By Rebekah Sherry
At its last meeting of the school year, held on Wednesday, the Herricks Board of Education recognized the athletic achievements of exemplary students, reported on the progress of capital improvements around the district and released the results of the district’s breakfast survey.
The board recognized the achievements of the Herricks High School softball team. They were the Class AA Conference League Champions this year with an undefeated, 15-0 season.
Softball Head Coach Warren Webster was named the Conference Coach of the Year.
The board also recognized 13 high school seniors who have signed collegiate athlete contracts with colleges and universities that they will be attending next semester.
At the meeting, the board announced that the district has begun phase two of its remodeling project. Work on improvements at the high school began on Monday.
Superintendent Fino Celano said there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the high school’s homecoming to unveil new bleachers and a press box. The district also plans to gut and rebuild the high school cafeteria over the summer.
“We’re going be cracking the whip, making sure it gets done, because September is here before you know it,” Celano said.
The board also announced the results of the district’s school breakfast survey.
School districts in New York State are required by law to offer breakfast programs unless 80 percent or more of families who respond to the survey say they would not participate in a breakfast program. Districts are required to get responses from each school that represent at least 33 percent of that school’s enrollment.
At every school that offered the survey, 80 percent or more of those who responded said they would not participate in a breakfast program. Because of these results, Celano recommends not implementing a breakfast program for the 2018-2019 school year.