Senior, Navy Recruit denied to walk at Graduation on Saturday by Herkimer CSD
Carol Zygo, ‘Navy Physical training sub standard to Herkimer PE Curriculum’
Although allowed by the Commissioner of Education and no school policy in place prohibiting the acceptance of alternative PE, Herkimer Central School District Superintendant, Carol Zygo, has denied Bethany Germann’s request to substitute her Naval Physical Training for the last two quarters of Physical Education at the high school. The reason: Mrs. Zygo maintains that that the rigorous naval physical training, required before starting Basic Military Training is substandard to the Gym class offered at Herkimer.
Mrs. Zygo met yesterday with two of Ms. Germann’s military recruiters, her father and Ms. Germann and stated that the school will not substitute the Physical Training and Ms. Germann will not be able to participate in Graduation on Saturday. The Germann’s have requested a meeting with the Board of Education but as of this moment there has been no response. The Germanns will also file an appeal with the Commissioner of Education for a ruling on this matter.
The Germanns first heard of their daughters Gym failure on Monday, June 21st after it was too late for her to make up the classes. No notice was sent from the school other than a 5-week report citing excessive absenteeism; no mention of potential failure was noted. “You would think if your child was in danger of failing, some one would call or notify you before classes were over.” Mrs. Germann said. The Germanns had no other notification from the district that their daughter, who is scheduled to leave for Basic Military Training on September 14th, would be in danger of not walking or graduating.
“We are disappointed that the district would rather hold a child back than see them move on to serve their country, especially in war time,” states, Mrs. Germann, an Air Force veteran herself.
This article written my Mary Beth Germann, for questions or verification of this information you may contact:
Mary Beth Germann 315-866-5992
Tom Germann 315-219-1029
Bethany Germann 315-360-7578
Herkimer CSD 315-866-2230