Bedford School Board Honor Students' Art Achievements; Pound Ridge Principal Search Hits Snag

The Bedford school board recognized 22 students for their achievements during the New York State Art Teachers Association's Portfolio Project Adjudication Day.

More than 20 students were recognized for their participation in the New York State Teacher’s Association Portfolio Project Adjudication Day during Wednesday night’s Bedford school board meeting.

The adjudication day, which took place April 30 at SUNY Purchase’s visual arts building, was the culmination of countless hours of work  performed by district students during the school year during the Portfolio Project Program.

The Portfolio Project is a program developed by the state Education Department and the Art Teachers Association in 1997 that is designed to assess the work of art students and better prepare them for the challenges they’ll face in the future.

Students are chosen to participate in the program and work one-on-one with teachers to research and create original pieces of artwork for their portfolios. The portfolios are then judged by an adjudicator.

Madalyn Grano, an art teacher at Bedford Village Elementary School and the regional coordinator for the Portfolio, said 22 students from West Patent Elementary School, Fox Lane Middle School and Fox Lane High School, participated in the program. Other school districts from from Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties also participated in the Portfolio Project for this region.

"All 22 students scored in the ‘distinguished’ range in the portfolio assessment, which again is the highest ranking possible,” Grano said. “It is defined as work that is well beyonds expectations and which demonstrates a fluent and flexible exploration of the visual art-making process.”

Marcine Gershfeld, a junior at Fox Lane High School who participated in the program, called the process exciting.

“I received so much in such a short amount of time,” Gershfeld said. “I got a lot of feedback about my artwork and ways I can improve.”

Dayna Weintraub, an eighth-grader at Fox Lane Middle School, agreed.

“I definitely learned a lot,” Weintraub said. “I didn’t think I could do all of those things.”

Pound Ridge principal search update

Jere Hochman, superintendent of of Bedford schools, said that the at Pound Ridge Elementary School will take a little longer than anticipated.

“We didn’t pick anyone out of the original pool of candidates,” Hochman said. “Out of the original pool (of eight candidates)  that were interviewed by administrators in central office, four  finalists were chosen.”

Hochman said he interviewed the four finalists, but didn’t believe they were the right fit for the job.

Peter Politi, the school’s current principal, .

Hochman said the school’s next plan is to hire an interim principal in the next few weeks in time for the start of next school year.

Other items

  • The school board passed a tax anticipation note of $6 million. The tax anticipation note will be used to cover any cash shortfalls that the district may experience this summer.
  • The district’s capital planning committee presented its work and findings from the past two years regarding the building condition surveys, five-year capital plan and proposed capital projects, with a focus on the major needs of West Patent Elementary School and Fox Lane Middle School. The school board will discuss construction options over the next several months.




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