On May 21, Discovery’s students, teachers, administration and members of the board of trustees welcomed Chancellor Merryl Tisch and NYS regents Robert Bennett, Kathleen Cashin, Christine Cea and James Tallon, along with Education Department representatives Ken Slentz, Deputy Commissioner, Office of P-12 Education and Sally Bachofer, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Innovative School Models.

The group toured the school, met teachers and students and engaged in meaningful conversation with the principal, teachers and board members on a wide range of topics. “We were delighted with our visitors’ interest and enthusiasm during the visit,” said David Vigren, chair of DCS’ Board of Trustees. “Their focus on our students was particularly impressive, and we are gratified with their encouragement and congratulations for being off to a good start.”

The comments were echoed by DCS’ director, Joseph Saia. “At Discovery we know that students deserve the best each and every day. Although it is our first year, it was rewarding to have policy makers come in and praise the work being done by our teachers and our students.”

The NYS Board of Regents approved Discovery’s charter in December 2010. Regents meet every month and only once a year in a city other than Albany. Discovery was the only area charter school visited by them.


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