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First days of school were ‘excellent,’ Dunkirk superintendent tells Board of Education

DUNKIRK – The opening of the school year in Dunkirk was graded “excellent” by School Superintendent Gary Cerne during Thursday’s meeting of the Dunkirk Board of Education.

The first day of school was Sept. 2, and students and teachers enjoyed a four-day Labor Day Weekend break, returning to classes Tuesday. He said he thought the two short weeks to start helped everyone get ready to return to regular classes. In other matters:

• Two students earned he required credits over the summer to receive diplomas. Luis Hernandez and Jesus Rivas were presented with diplomas by high school Principal Steven O’Brien.

• Joelle Vanegas, director of curriculum, presented a program on common core standards in the district. She said the current class of sixth-graders, who are projected to graduate in 2022, will be the first to be required to pass the rigorous tandards.

She added that full implementation of English language arts programs for kindergarten through eighth grades started in the 2013-14 school year. The high school is still adding common core requirements. Vanegas also reviewed training opportunities provided to the district’s 240 teachers for professional development.

• The board approved hiring John R. Baronich of Springville as a long-term administrative substitute at School 7 at a salary of $325 per day. He is covering for a medical leave.

• The board also approved a list of coaches, counselors and coordinators for extracurricular activities for the school year.

• The next regular board meeting will be Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., in School 3.