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Highland Central School District
320 Pancake Hollow Road
HighlandNY 12528
Phone: (845) 691-1000
Fax: (845) 691-1039

Board of Education

Alan Barone President
Thomas A. Miller Vice President
Camille Adoma Board Member
Mike Bakatsias Board Member
Jeanine Gemmell Board Member
Ed Meisel Board Member
Heather Welch Board Member
Joel E. Freer Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Patrick Boyd Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources & Pupil Personnel Svcs.
William F. Zimmer Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Lisa Cerniglia District Clerk


Photo (from left to right standing):  Tom Miller, Mike Bakatsias, Heather Welch, Ed Meisel, Alan Barone / in front -  Jeanine Gemmell, Camille Adoma.
The following is the schedule for the 2023-2024 Board of Education Meetings, to be held in the Board Room (E-32 @ High School) unless otherwise stated:


Date Time
July 1, 2023 (Saturday)  8:00 am
July 25, 2023 * 5:30 pm
August 8, 2023 5:30 pm
August 21, 2023 (Monday) 5:30 pm
September 12, 2023 7:00 pm
September 26, 2023 7:00 pm
October 10, 2023 7:00 pm
October 24, 2023 7:00 pm
November 14, 2023 7:00 pm
December 12, 2023 7:00 pm
January 16, 2024 7:00 pm
February 13, 2024 7:00 pm
March 5, 2024 7:00 pm
March 19, 2024 7:00 pm
April 2, 2024 7:00 pm
April 16,2024 7:00 pm
May 7, 2024 ** 6:00 pm
May 21, 2024 7:00 pm
June 4, 2024  *** 7:00 pm

*       tentative
**     location - HHS Cafe. (Budget Forum @ 6pm)
***   location - HHS Cafe

Board of Education Mission Statement:

We are a diverse group of individuals who strive to engage our community in providing quality education by lending our experiences and perspectives that will positively affect the future of each and every student within the means of the community.

Board of Education Goals:

  • Develop Superintendent Evaluation Tool
  • Conduct Retreats & Self Evaluations twice a year
  • Get Mandated Training
  • Monitor to Control Micro-Managing
  • Set Up Long Range Strategic Plans for Finance/Programs & Services
  • Explore Different Ways to Engage Staff
  • Seek Fair and Cost Effective Settlements to Contracts
  • Deliver a Budget that Supports Education and is Affordable to the Public

District Goals:

  • Achieve academic success and excellence
  • Incorporate quality management practices in all aspects of district and board operations
  • Build public confidence and involvement in our schools
  • Develop and implement a five year strategic plan that meets the faculty, transportation, educational, and administrative needs of the district

Protocol for Public Comment:

The school board encourages public participation at its meetings. To allow for efficiency in conducting meetings and to give each speaker a fair opportunity to present his/her views the following shall apply to the public speaking portion of the agenda.

  • Each speaker shall state their name
  • Each speaker shall be limited to a time agreed upon by the Board.
  • The Board will not permit discussion involving individual personnel or students.
  • Direct all remarks to chair. Community members may not poll individual board members nor debate other community members in attendance.

Members of the community are encouraged to also present their comments in writing.
Undue interruption or other interference with the orderly conduct of the Board of Education business will not be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order.

To contact DISTRICT CLERK, please send email to:  LCERNIGLIA@HIGHLAND-K12.ORG

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