By NICOLE ANTONUCCI
The Greater Amsterdam School District is creating a hall of fame to recognize individuals for their contributions in areas of work, study and athletics.
At the July 23 board of education meeting, Superintendent Thomas Perillo and Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Robert Noto updated the board about the hall of fame and provided a time frame for when the committee will begin accepting nominations and inducting members.
"I approached Perillo back in March with the idea of starting an athletic hall of fame," Noto said. "We brought it to the board, and they suggested that we not only include athletics but we also include academics."
Since then, a committee consisting of teachers, administrators and volunteers has put together a document outlining the rules and the objectives of the dedication.
According to Noto, the committee will reconvene in December to form a new committee which will accept nominations for 45 days, starting Feb. 1, 2015. Nominations will then be reviewed and screened for 30 days, after which the committee will reconvene to make its nominations.
"They are going to include 10 inductees for each part of the hall of fame in the first year," Noto said. "After that it is going to be five."
The induction ceremony will be a part of homecoming weekend, beginning with an induction dinner on the Friday. On the Saturday, inductees will participate in the homecoming game, where they will officially be announced.
To be eligible, inductees must have graduated from a high school -- not necessarily Amsterdam High School -- at least 10 years ago.
"We had a long discussion about that," Perillo said.
Noto said nominations could be applied to teachers, who may not have graduated from the district but have served the district for many years.
For the academic wing of the hall of fame, candidates can be nominated in a number of categories, including medicine and science; business and professional; humanities; humanitarian and service; and lifetime recognition.
Board member John Bottisti asked asked if music and arts are included in the nominations.
Noto said they are part of the humanities category under academics.
Board member Peter A. Pritchard asked for clarification of how athletic nominations would work.
Noto said the nominations are based on contributions made in high school, college or careers.
"I am pretty proud of this," Noto said. "This is something we have needed for a long time and I hope this works out well."
Information regarding the hall of fame, as well as nomination forms, will become available on the district website, www.gasd.org.