Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Matthew Tedeschi

Berne-Knox-Westerlo Superintendent Timothy Mundell said that  school board members hope that Board President Matthew Tedeschi will help to represent rural schools in Albany County.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo students with disabilities who were tested were among the lowest 10-percent in their group for English, math, and science, and were also among the lowest 10-percent for growth in English and math, according to a spokeswoman for the State Education Department.

In a new program at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, students from Daishan High School in China are staying with host families in the district for a week and attending classes with BKW students.

One change made to the contract recently includes a removal of requiring agency fees following a Supreme Court decision affecting districts across the country.

Goals for the year include communication and technology.

Every vote was unanimous at Monday’s Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board meeting as members basked in good news — ranging from success including special-need students in general-education classrooms to securing expected state aid for $20 million in capital improvements.

Enrollment has dropped by over a quarter of what it was 10 years ago at Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

When Deborah Rosko started as BKW’s food-services director 30 years ago, there were no computers and no email. She oversaw just one meal a day, not the many choices for breakfast, lunch, and snacks that she supervises now.

A new reporting form for students was introduced this year at Berne-Knox-Westerlo following collaboration between parents and staff.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo school district is scheduled to have its $20 million capital project completed in 2020. The changes will include new rooms and a design recalling the building’s original look.

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