During the school year’s final meeting of the Board of Education, members of the board and student representatives exchanged gifts, pleasantries and bid farewell to retiring members of the district.
Board Vice President Skip Haile read the names of the 13 Bellmore-Merrick CHSD employees retiring at the end of the year.
The board also recognized the service of retiring board trustee Susan Schwartz in a touching tribute to her years of service to the district. The board’s student representatives recognized the work of board President JoAnn DeLauter by presenting her with a plaque.
The student representatives were surprised to learn that they would be recognized for their service — delivering monthly updates on their school’s events and accomplishments. President DeLauter read a proclamation of gratitude and handed out personalized honorary gavels as a keepsake. As an added thrill, the students got to deliver the May update while sitting at the head of the board dais.
The board also recognized outgoing members of the district’s various PTA organizations.