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‘Reward School’ honor from state is praised in Akron

By Taylor Nigrelli

SUBURBAN Correspondent

Akron High School has been designated a “Reward School” by the New York State Department of Education, district Superintendent Kevin L. Shanley announced Wednesday at a meeting of the School Board.

Reward Schools are designated by the state education commissioner for high academic achievement. This is the third consecutive year that Akron High School has received the distinction.

Shanley and School Board President Daniel J. Caprio were quick to credit the entire district in addition to the high school.

“We take pride in that,” Shanley said. “We think of it as the whole district’s accomplishment because the students come though the other schools, too.”

Wednesday’s meeting also featured an annual financial report, presented by John P. Schiavone, a certified public accountant with Lumsden & McCormick LLP., which handles the district’s finances.

The nature of the presentation was positive, with Schiavone describing the district as in “solid” financial shape.

“It’s very good,” Shanley said of the report. “We’re very pleased with it.”

The only negative in the presentation stemmed from the discovery that the district has been paying more into the state Teachers’ Retirement System than necessary. Normally, the district pays a percentage into the fund, as does the state. According to Schiavone, the state has been underfunding the system. Shanley is hopeful that the rate the district has been paying will drop in the near future.

The board also unanimously approved policy updates for district trademarks, investments, staff use of computerized information resources, the athletic program, identification and registration of children with disabilities, and instructions for English language learners.

In addition, the board unanimously approved 15 non-instructional and three instructional hirings.