The final Community Education Council 20 (CEC 20) meeting of the 2015-2016 school year was held Wednesday evening at P.S. 264 Bay Ridge Elementary School for the Arts (371 89th Street). It was a meeting marked with welcomes and farewells, as many in the district transfer in and out of its schools or the council.
June’s meeting began with a performance of Disney’s “Cinderella” by the students of P.S. 264, the final performance enabled with a three-year grant for the school to perform Disney musicals. After the delightful costumes and singing, things got down to business, with CEC 20 President Laurie Windsor leading the meeting.
Here are the highlights:
- P.S. 185 Walter Kassenbrock‘s interim principal Rena Goudelias became the school’s official new principal. CEC20 Council Member Adele Doyle, who is part of the school’s PTA, welcomed Mrs. Goudelias by saying she was “proud of the level of trust” the principal has brought to the school. “Here’s to communication, collaboration and community,” Doyle said. “Welcome to P.S. 185.”
- CEC 20 said farewell to its student member, Fort Hamilton High School senior Ezana Ceman, who is heading to Pace University in the fall. Ceman received a medal in honor of her dedication and hardwork. In a speech, she said she was “really blessed to have grown up in District 20. I’m so sad it’s over.”
- District 20 then honored its High School Student Council. Unfortunately, all except for Ceman, were unavailable to attend because Wednesday evening was freshmen orientation at Fort Hamilton High School, which the council members attend. Ceman, being the natural leader, collected their certificates on their behalfs.
- Lastly, the heads of District 20’s PTAs were honored by CEC 20. Most of the district’s PTA leaders were attendance and received flowers for their dedication during this school year. The ceremony culminated with a large group photo, and a farewell from Laurie Windsor, who wished everyone a great summer.