GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education approved two contracts during its meeting Oct. 15.
The board voted unanimously to approve contracts with Diane Albano for lead consulting and coaching services, and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital's Hearing Center for audiological services.
Albano is in charge of two pieces for the district, one of which requires the district to hire an outside consultant under the "focus school" requirement.
Earlier this year, 70 districts across the state - including Gloversville - were identified as "focus districts." A total of 496 schools within those districts are identified as "focus schools."
In the Gloversville district, the focus schools are Boulevard Elementary School, McNab/Meco Elementary School, Kingsborough Elementary School, Gloversville Middle School and Gloversville High School.
Focus schools have shown "low performance and lack of progress in English language arts and math combined or graduation rates for one or more accountability groups," according to a news release from state Education Commissioner John B. King earlier this year.
The accountability groups include racial/ethnic groups, low-income students, English language learners and students with disabilities.
The focus districts must create and implement a "district comprehensive improvement plan," which will outline how the districts will use Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act money to promote academic achievement.
Superintendent Michael Vanyo said Albano will work as the facilitator with the administrators and teachers to build the plan that will be submitted to the state.
Albano also has been working with the special education department in the district to push the program in the direction the district is heading.
"She is really wearing two hats right now," said Vanyo. "That is how we got her for the focus [work] because she was already working with the special education and we had to get somebody from the outside, by law, so I thought she would be great."
Board President Peter Semione suggested having her come to every other monthly meeting to update the board on the process. Vanyo said that could be arranged.
Albano is scheduled to speak to the board Nov. 13, Vanyo said.
Sunnyview got the audiological services contract, Vanyo said, because the district has some students who are hearing impaired and require special testing, help and service.