Smith also said the district would be piloting a reading program for sixth grade students as part of the English Language Arts curriculum.
Improving communication with parents is also a priority for Smith, who said the district is planning to launch an online program called "ed Line." The online e-mail system will allow parents to check their children's grades as well as attendance,
"Other districts have had success with this method of communicating. It's something I feel is very important and as president I would like us to continue to work hard to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and parents," said Smith.
Swartz also had praise for Carbone, saying she brings a broad range of experience as an educator. Carbone is also the president of the Capital District School Boards Association.
"Pam brings to us great perspective having worked in a classroom and has a lot of knowledge about how a school's board can work together with the community," said Swartz.
The board meets again on Monday Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Scotia-Glenville Middle School.""