the Superintendent, Mr. Eric D. Ely.
last two years, a number of situations have occurred that have
brought into question the ethical judgment of certain staff members.
These incidents have involved testing situations, as well as staff
members sharing private information about students.
Keeping a distance
Please remember that it is critical to maintain professional
separation from students in testing settings. You may hate to see
students struggle through a mandated test and you may feel the urge
to help them more than you should – but it is vital to your
credibility and the credibility of the school district that you
resist. By helping a student on an exam, you bring into question
your professional ethics. It is also not fair to all of the other
When administering these mandated tests, please follow the proper
protocols. Before the exams are given, do everything in your power
to prepare students for these challenging situations.
privacy and private information
In the course of your jobs, sensitive and private information
regarding students and/or their families will come into your
possession. It is inevitable that a student, parent or staff member
will share something with you regarding a medical condition or other
personal information. This information is best kept to yourself.
If you are not sure what you should or shouldn’t share with others,
speak to your building administrator. He/she will clarify for you
what information you can share and who you should share it with. If
you follow this process, you can protect yourself from accusations
of lacking ethics or good judgment.
Pupil Personnel Services
At Wednesday evening’s school board meeting, Lynn Rafalik was
confirmed by the board as director of pupil personnel services. Her
assistant director will be appointed at the next board meeting. Ann
Jackson, currently of Lockport Schools, is being recommended for
administrative structure will be changing and roles and
responsibilities are being redefined to improve communication and
service to our staff, our students and our families. Beginning
at some point in December our administrative changeover will take
place and the diagram below will help show you what it will look
like. It is my hope that this change will begin to improve our
ability to meet the needs of our staff and students in the areas of
communication and supervision, and also help to clarify the lines of
I take great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Terrell
Strickland to the position of Community Outreach Specialist. Terrell
has been working at the high school as a paraprofessional for more
than 13 years and has demonstrated a knack for getting to know
students and their families. His outreach activities at the high
school and his willingness to get out into their homes and get to
know them will certainly be an asset in his new position. He
replaces Neda Lopez-Gadsen who has moved to a Social Worker position
in our elementary schools.