FRANKFORT — The Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District is supporting the town of Frankfort’s efforts to have the area on Reese Road near the elementary school designated as a school zone.
School Superintendent Robert Reina told the school board Tuesday that he had sent a letter to Frankfort Town Supervisor Glenn Asnoe supporting the town’s request for a study.
The Frankfort town and village boards have asked the Herkimer County highway superintendent to ask the New York State Department of Transportation to consider a study.
The state DOT denied a request for a school zone and a reduction in the 30 mile per hour speed limit following a study conducted in 1990, but officials hope the result will be different this time.
Local residents raised the issue after several accidents occurred in the area near the school.
Elementary School Counselor Deanna Williams, who started work in December, outlined the work she has been doing and plans to do. Some of her work has been in the classrooms, where she has addressed issues such as school bullying, the importance of perseverance and personal and school safety with the children.
She also facilitates two social skills lunch groups and works with individual children who are referred to her by teachers or staff members because of problems with bullying, family matters or coping skills. Children who are having problems getting along with each other have the opportunity to work out their differences through peer mediation, Williams said. She facilitates these meetings and sets some ground rules, but the goal is to give the children an opportunity to work out the problem on their own.
Elementary School Principal Melanie Welch said peer mediation keeps some children’s issues with each other from having to be handled as discipline matters.
Williams also discussed school wide initiatives such as Random Acts of Kindness Week, and a new incentive program called Picnic with a Police Officer. Teachers are asked to select children from their classrooms who have behaved in a safe, responsible and respectful manner to have lunch with the school resource officer at the elementary school.
Ideas for the future include monthly themes, a student of the month program, surveys, a counselor’s newsletter to send home to families and a Kind Kids Club for grades K-5.
In other business, the school board accepted an anonymous donation of books. Welch said the school received 400 books and they were distributed to children in grades K-5. "They were delivered and sent out in two days," she said. Books appropriate for a higher reading level were passed along to the middle school.