2013-06-07 / Columnists


The Regents Visit
By Geraldine Chapey

The NYS Board of Regents visited local schools during the month of May, including Beach Channel High School in Rockaway.

The Regents are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, presiding over the University and the New York State Education Department.

The University of the State of New York is the nation’s most comprehensive and unified educational system. It consists of all elementary, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, libraries, museums, public broadcasting, records and archives, professions, adult Career, Continuing Education Services and such other institutions and agencies as may be admitted to the University.

The concept of the University of the State of New York is a broad term encompassing all the institutions both public and private, offering education in the State (NYSED.gov.2013).

The NYS Regents visited Beach Channel High School which encompasses Beach Channel High School, Dr. David Morris, principal; Channel View, Pat Turbidy principal; PS 256, Oswald Roman principal; Rockaway Collegiate, Robert Young, principal, and Rockaway Park School, Jennifer Connolly, principal. Separate from the shared campus Scholars Academy, Brian O’Connell principal, joined the group.

The Regents who visited included Commissioner Dr. John King, Regent Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey and Regent Dr. Lester Young. Parents, administrators, staff and students also attended the session. They had the opportunity to share their concerns about Super Storm Sandy and its effect on their educational progress.

Students were not able to attend their home school in the aftermath of the storm.

For example, students who attended Maspeth High School and Franklin K. Lane High School had to share classrooms. One half of the room would be having an English lesson and the other half of the room would be having a math class. It was hard for the students to concentrate on their particular lesson.

Faculty, staff, students and parents and administrators all suffered from the storm. One example was that the students had no winter coats because they had been lost in the hurricane’s flood.

A particular focus of everyone was the statewide exams. Many of the students were faced with exams as they came back to their regular campus. Others expressed a concern over the spring Regents. They had missed out on their lessons because of the storm. Those Regents scores would be used by many students as part of their profile to gain admission to a college. Students expressed an interest in after school academic sessions to help them to catch up.

The group was given a tour of the school to view the storm damage. We saw the boiler room and the wood working area.

Other schools the Regents visited were The Goldie Maple Academy (Q333 Queens), PS 277 Gerritsen Beach School (Brooklyn), PS 015 Patrick F. Daly School (Brooklyn). IS 038 George Cromwell School (Staten Island), IS R002 George L Egbert (Staten Island).

The Board of Regents spent the afternoon at La Guardia Community College discussing the topic of immigration. Materials for this article came from the web site entitled NYSED.gov.2013 and from participating in the sessions.

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