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Gloversville school board eyes work on goals and vision

October 18, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Enlarged School District will bring in an outside consultant to develop goals and focus on a vision for how the school board and district superintendent can operate better.

The district will invite Educational Consultant Robert Hendriks, from Educational Legacy Planning Group, to the area for capacity development during November. He will help the board focus on understanding the obstacles that prevent organizations from realizing their developmental goals, while improving the abilities that will allow it to achieve measurable results, Superintendent Michael Vanyo said.

"We are looking to build capacity," Vanyo said during the board's meeting Monday. "We are looking to expand on the goals already started by the board and improve our mission statement and vision. This will allow us to make sure that the board and myself are on exactly the same page to improve the district."

The scheduled program will initially cost the district $1,800 for two three-hour sessions, which includes travel expenses. After a reimbursement through BOCES, it will cost the district only $135 per session, Vanyo said.

According to the Educational Legacy Planning Group website, it is one of four Recognized Educational Facilities Planners in New York state, and Hendriks has more than 25 years of experience in educational planning.

"To find somebody with that type of expertise for $135 per session is a great deal that can improve the board," the superintendent said.

Board member Joseph Andrews expressed some concern during the meeting about using taxpayer money for outside input from Hendriks when the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services offers the same service for free through its department of communication.

Andrews said the board also could open the discussion and get involvement from the public and staff of the district to help improve the board.

"Let's unveil ourselves to all the smart and talented people we have in our community and working at the school," Andrews said. "Then if we decide we need some kind of outside consultant, BOCES already does that."

He said Patrick Michel, the superintendent of HFM BOCES, came in August 2011 to develop goals, vision and mission of the board, but no action was ever taken.

"It's great to have a plan and I think we came up with a pretty good one with Michel, but we have to then be able to take action," Andrews said. "God himself could come and hand us a plan, but that won't do the board any good if no action is taken."

Vanyo said the board has been looking to take action for years when trying to improve, but it never finished. Vanyo said he expects a professional like Hendriks will help the board get over that hurdle.

Andrews said after meeting that originally the board was told Hendriks was going to come in to mediate issues between the board, but that has changed.



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