PLEASANTVILLE - Surrounded by a packed High School gymnasium full of the district’s 700-plus teachers, Pleasantville Public School Superintendent Garnell Bailey offered little doubt about her enthusiasm over the 2013-14 school year.
“I am just glad to be your superintendent,” she said, a bright smile on her face.
Bailley offered her comments during the district convocation held Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The district’s teachers, administrators, and Board of Education members were honored with a light breakfast, motivational speeches, and Bailey’s comments before they set off to begin the school year.
The first day of classes for the district’s High, Middle and elementary schools was scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Despite the love-hate relationship between the district monitor and the board of education, and a re-emergence of mold in some district buildings, Bailey said she felt good about the upcoming year.
“The schools look wonderful,” she said after praising the district’s maintenance staff and posting the pristine results of their work on the school district website.
Bailey also praised the two years of work delivered by outgoing state-appointed fiscal monitor James Riehman.
“I want to thank Mr. Riehman,” she said. “I want to talk about how many times the state fiscal monitor has done to bat on behalf of the students and staff of the district.”
She said she appreciated the work he has done while under the microscope of a sometimes-hostile Board of Education.
“He took a beating,” Bailey said. “Everything he has done has been in support of us.”
Bailey also thanked the teachers who accepted transfers that were made to benefit the district.
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