Superintendent

Superintendent's Corner

Dear School Community Member:

Happy late summer! I realize that we are still enjoying the summer as I welcome you to a brand new school year that will be starting soon. I hope that the summer months have refreshed and recharged you.  Below are updates on our building project and our school improvement efforts that are currently underway.

Building Project Update

As you may know, building project work began this summer at the junior-senior high school and at BCES.    This project will continue over the next two summers with the final phase of the project getting completed by September 2020.  The project was originally scheduled to take place over two summers (summer 2018 and summer 2019) but the security upgrades to both buildings required longer than expected State Education Department approval processes which are extending project work out to summer 2020.  There are now three phases to this building project:

Phase 1- Building Improvement Scope – Summer of 2018

At the junior-senior high school, the gym floor, bleachers and windows will be replaced. A roll-down divider will also be put in place to divide the gym on an as needed basis.  There is also some masonry restoration taking place and the stairs at the rear of the gym (facing the tennis courts) are being replaced.   The gym renovations are expected to be completed by late October/early November.  We have made arrangements for our physical education classes and our fall sports to practice in other areas since the gym renovation will not be completed by the opening of school.

At BCES there is some mild masonry repointing and reconstruction taking place.  Additionally, emergency/exit lighting is being repaired and/or replaced.

Phase 2 A – Building Improvement Scope – Summer of 2019

At the junior-senior high school there will be a long-awaited pool renovation, baseball field upgrades, an All Weather Track installation, steam to hot water conversion, boiler replacement and some bathroom and gym office renovations.

At BCES there will be some bathroom renovations as well as HVAC work in the kitchen, gym and cafeteria.                                                                       

Phase 2B -  Building Improvement Scope – Summer of 2020

The third and final phase of this project (Phase 2 B) will take place in the summer of 2020.  This is our school security phase.  There will be security improvements in both buildings.  Security vestibules will be installed at the entrances of both buildings. Security doors will be added in both buildings to improve security in our hallways.  There will also be a number of door and window replacements throughout the district.

Unfortunately, building projects can cause some inconveniences and I would like to apologize about that.  The multi-month process for New York State Education Department project approvals and the extended periods of time necessary to order, receive and install materials makes the entire process challenging, especially to those of us who would like to see things move more quickly.  However, all of that said, when the project is complete we will have facilities that will be a local showcase we can all be proud of.                                                                           

School Improvement Update

This year marks the return of district-wide professional learning teams (PLT) as forums to discuss and enhance professional practice.  As we seek to update various curricula—in response to the adoption of new state standards or as a way to fulfill our vision for student learning—these teams will bring teachers and administrators together to improve the art of teaching. 

We are planning for the full implementation of writer’s workshop, and a core writing program at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School.  The recently-published district Writing Guidance document highlights the anticipated improvements in writing instruction.

We will also continue reviews of our grading practices.  While we may be implementing some modest changes at the start of the year, more in-depth discussions on grading will be held throughout the year.  As a district, we are seeking to enhance consistency in grading and ensure that a student’s grade is truly reflective of his/her academic performance compared to achieving learning standards.

I wish us all a wonderful rest of the summer as we prepare to meet and greet a brand new school year with brand new possibilities! See you in September!

Educationally yours,

Ivan J. Katz, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

Contact Information

Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent
845-434-6800 ext. 1215
 
Ms.  Sarah Ungerleider
Superintendent's Secretary & District Clerk
845-434-6800 ext. 1215
Fax:  845-434-8346
 

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Fallsburg Central School District
115 Brickman Road
Fallsburg, NY 12733
Phone: 845-434-6800
Fax: 845-434-8346
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Junior Senior High School
115 Brickman Road
PO Box 124
Fallsburg, NY 12733
Main Office: 845-434-6800
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Benjamin Cosor Elementary School
15 Old Falls Road
PO Box 123
Fallsburg, NY 12733
Main Office: 845-434-6800
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