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Shining moment: Silver Creek honors graduate; welcomes psychology intern

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen Jada Davis, center, received an official high school diploma after graduating from Silver Creek High School early this year. Davis is pictured with Superintendent Dr. Katie Ralston, left, and Board of Education President Martha Howard, right.

SILVER CREEK — Before a recent Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Katie Ralston and the Board led a small crowd into the auditorium to give one student their hard-earned moment to shine.

Jada Davis walked across the auditorium stage to stand front and center alongside Ralston and Board of Education President Martha Howard to receive a high school diploma. Davis graduated early this year with the help of online classes.

After the short ceremony and reception in the lobby, the Board of Education held its regular meeting. At that meeting, the Board appointed Danielle Dietrick as an intern in the Student Services and Counseling Department, under the direction of Megan Cook, for the 2024-25 school year. Dietrick, a student at Niagara University studying School Psychology, will be paid $17,500 for the 2024-25 school year.

“She brings a lot of good energy. She had an excellent interview and we are very to be bringing her on board for next school year,” Ralston said of Dietrick, who was in attendance at the meeting.

Additionally, Cathrine Casselberry was named as the District’s Lifeguarding Course Instructor; Jon Pulver was appointed as the Junior Varsity Baseball Coach; Nicolle Evenden was approved as an Office Substitute; and Valeri Nasca was approved as a non-certified Substitute Teacher.

The Board also approved the following instructors for Knight U this spring: Zachary Colson, Janine Shumaker, Amy Heller, Lynn Feeley, Elizabeth Tornow, Claire O’Connor, Megan Lattanzio, William Reynolds, Shannon Near, Laura LeBarron, Roberta Kilburn, and Sheila Casper.

Upon completion of a probationary period, Guillermo Ortiz was appointed to a permanent position as Bus Driver, effective March 9. The Board also accepted the resignation of Bus Driver Chelsey Sundown, effective Jan. 31.

The Board of Education also appointed the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC, as legal counsel for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year, effective immediately.

Board of Education Vice President Matt Bogosian also noted he recently met with architects to discuss a future capital project. Bogosian said in the coming weeks, the District will be evaluating the long list of potential projects to start “paring down to something more realistic that fits our needs.”

Ralston also credited recent performances at the District, including the high school performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Elementary Winter Concert.

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