Focus School meeting set

GLOVERSVILLE – Administrators for the Gloversville Enlarged School District, which the state designated a Focus District, will talk about what the designation means at an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Park Terrace Elementary School cafeteria.

According to a news release, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Frank Pickus and Park Terrace Principal Brian DiPasquale will be on hand to address the following questions:

– What does it mean that Gloversville Enlarged School District is a Focus District?

– What does it mean that many of the district’s schools – Kingsborough, McNab-Meco and Boulevard elementary schools, Gloversville Middle School and Gloversville High School – are designated as Focus Schools?

– How do those designations affect parents and their children?

– What choices do parents and guardians have?

The district was designated a Focus District in 2012 by the New York State Education Department. Additionally, all of the district’s schools except Park Terrace Elementary were designated Focus Schools. The designations are based on student performance on state tests and the district’s graduation rate.

“Although nothing has changed in regard to these designations since last year, we wanted to give parents another chance to ask questions,” Pickus said in the news release.

Recently, the district sent a letter to the parents or guardians of every child enrolled in the district informing them of these designations and explaining how they could affect their child’s education.

“Everyone at the Gloversville Enlarged School District is committed and focused to providing an excellent education to every student. This school year, we have renewed our focus on improving the graduation rate and taking a K-12 approach to everything we do,” Superintendent Michael Vanyo said in the news release.