Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent’s Corner

August 2017

 

Dear School Community Member:

I hope this summer issue finds you in the best of health and spirit as we prepare for the 2017-18 school year.

Building Project Update

This past May, voters approved a $15.9 million dollar building project that will replace and/or repair various areas of our elementary and our junior-senior high schools.

What Will Be Included in the Project?

At the junior-senior high school and the elementary school there will be security upgrades which will include entrance vestibules so that parents and community members don’t have to wait outside in inclement weather.

There will be bathroom renovations and exterior site improvements including the outdoor track and the practice fields.  The HVAC upgrades will improve student comfort within our classrooms. The upgrades will also improve thermal efficiency by replacing boilers at the elementary school and converting the remaining portion of the junior-senior high school from steam to water based heating. 

At the junior-senior high school the gymnasium floor, bleachers, and windows will be replaced.   These improvements will provide our gym long overdue updates after decades of use.  The new wood floor will eliminate dead spots that impact our competitions, provide the proper and safe resiliency for our students during play, and reduce the escalating cost of maintenance due to the age and obsolescence of the existing floor. 

The new bleachers will provide accessible seating for our parents and community members.  These bleachers will also highlight our school colors.  The windows on the two gymnasium court ends will be replaced to eliminate the infiltration of water, in addition to providing better glare control during athletic events and increased thermal efficiency.

The Pool

The pool renovation will include the replacement of a new tiled deck, a new pool liner and plumbing upgrades which will keep the pool functioning highly for decades to come. The pool area will be equipped with lifts connected to the recently renovated pool locker rooms as well as a lift to take disabled swimmers in and out of the pool.

Cost of the Project

Our financial picture for this project includes the District receiving New York State building aid at a minimum of 73.9%. This means that we would get about 74 cents back on each dollar spent on the building project. The $15.9 million dollar project will ultimately cost taxpayers about $8.5 million dollars (which is the net local share of $5.6 million plus the total interest less total state aid over the life of the loan).

Current State of the Building Project

Over the summer our architects and our school district team have been working on developing contract documents for the building project. Paperwork that is submitted to the State Education Department, for project approvals, has a turn-around time of about 30 weeks.  This documentation will be submitted shortly. We plan to go out to bid next February with a bid award date of early March.  This will allow construction to begin in late June of 2018.  While some work can take place during the school year, the majority of project work will take place over the next two summers (2018 and 2019).

School Improvement Update

Since early spring, we have been planning school improvement strategies for 2017–18 that will improve teaching and learning.  The base strategy is to share and implement our “Key Features of Instruction and Learning,” in every classroom.  This strategy was developed based on our vision statement. The base strategy will detail what we expect to occur on a daily basis for every student.

More particular strategies for school improvement include the expectation that teachers design and implement high-quality plans for every lesson taught.  We are also excited about two new, early literacy and language programs, at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School.  Words Their Way is a phonics program designed for all students in kindergarten through 2nd grade.  This will supplement our core literacy program (Wonders).  We will also begin a dual language program in kindergarten and first grade.  In this program, students will learn content and language in both English and Spanish.

As you can see we have quite an exciting year to look forward to. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the last few weeks of summer as we prepare to welcome a brand new school year! See you in September!

 

Educationally yours,

Ivan J. Katz, Ed.D

 


 

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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