Report of Regents Cultural Education Committee to The Board of Regents
Regent Roger Tilles, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report. Your Committee on Cultural Education Committee had its scheduled meeting on February 12, 2014.
In attendance were committee members: Regents Tilles, Dawson, Bendit, Rosa, Cea, Jackson, Cottrell, and Brown. Absent: None. In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were: Chancellor Emeritus Bennett, Regents Tallon, Norwood, Phillips, and Chapey. As well as Commissioner King and Executive Deputy Commissioner Beth Berlin.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and opened the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Cannell reminded the committee about two upcoming events, New York in Bloom, which will occur on February 21-23 and the James Campbell Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale, which will occur on February 15-16. Both events will be held at the Cultural Education Center and are major fund raisers for programs.
CE (D) 1 - Statewide Summer Reading Program Update
Bernard Margolis, State Librarian provided a report on the results of the 2013 Statewide Summer Reading Program and provided initial plans for the 2014 program including participation targets and themes. Mr. Margolis reported that when the statewide program began in 2000, 340,000 children participated. In 2013, 1.76 million children participated. He also reported that this year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read. He invited members of the Board of Regents to assist in the development of Public Service Announcements. Members of the Committee asked whether it was possible for schools to receive state aid support to keep their school libraries open during the summer. Executive Deputy Berlin will follow up with the members of the committee on this question.