Superintendent’s Corner

Fall 2021

Dear School Community Member:

I hope this fall update finds you in the best of health and spirit. The fall season is fully underway and we await the upcoming holidays and the winter months which will be arriving shortly. I would like to take a moment and update you on a few areas.

Building Project Update

The final phase of our building project (security upgrades) is still underway.  Supply chain issues have extended the time it is taking to complete this project. I ask that you still excuse our appearance as we await the completion of this project. Upon project completion you will see completed and updated security vestibules at the entrances of both of our buildings.  In addition to the vestibules we have replaced most of the doors in both of our buildings.  These security upgrades are being done to protect the health, safety and welfare of our students, staff and visitors.

Pandemic Update

While the pandemic and pandemic-related issues have continued, we have had in-person instruction in place since the opening of school in September. We have had several positive cases that have required contact tracing and we’ve even had to move to remote instruction in a couple of instances to address our contact tracing efforts.  While we continue to address all Pandemic-related issues, we are committed to maintaining in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible.  We know that our kids need to be in-school to have the best overall education experience.  This sentiment has been shared with me by students, parents, staff and school community members.

Additionally, we are keeping our parents and school community updated on all COVID-19 cases and the contact tracing efforts that go along with these identifications.  I do want to continue to thank our school nurses, our staff and Sullivan County Public Health for all efforts to address COVID-19 issues that are taking place in our school community.

Cafeteria Improvement Efforts

The Board of Education and I are aware that concerns have surfaced recently regarding cafeteria lunches. The concerns include food variety, food quality and overall food presentation. 

The Board of Education and administration take these concerns very seriously.  To that end, the board has discussed cafeteria concerns at the last few board of education meetings and they have established a special cafeteria sub-committee to review all cafeteria protocols and concerns.  This sub-committee held a Board of Education Round Table meeting On October 13, 2021, with student representatives in grades 7-12 to discuss cafeteria concerns. In addition to students, we had school administrators and our cafeteria manager present at the meeting. The meeting was very productive and students and adults alike shared their thoughts and concerns.  The students and adults were also treated to a lunch that was prepared in our JSHS cafeteria and it got exceptionally positive reviews from the kids and adults present. 

This Board cafeteria sub-committee met again on October 19, 2021, along with our cafeteria manager and administrators to review the feedback received and to plan for cafeteria improvements which are already underway.

Following this meeting I convened the Superintendent’s Round Table, which is made up of student leaders in our various school organizations, to continue the student conversations that were started at the Board of Education Round Table meeting. We brainstormed on how to continue to improve cafeteria offerings.  

The discussions at these meetings were top shelf.  Students were positive and were part of a problem solving team and shared the positives and the negatives from their perspectives.  Our cafeteria manager did a nice job answering the student generated questions and students did say that the cafeteria food has improved a lot over the past few weeks. At the end of the meetings, students indicated that they were happy we did this and that they felt their voices were being heard. It was nice to work together for positive change. 

My proudest moment during these meetings is when a couple of our students shared that their peers are very happy that the students in the Junior-Senior High School are speaking up about cafeteria concerns.  They feel like they are really being listened to, and that changes and improvements are happening as a result!

As Superintendent I am exceptionally proud of our students, staff, school community and Board of Education for working together as a team to improve on shared concerns.

I would like to thank all members of our school community for continuing to support our school district! 

Educationally yours,

Dr. Katz

Contact Information 

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Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent
845-434-6800 ext. 1215

Ms. Sarah Satz
Superintendent's Secretary & District Clerk
845-434-6800 ext. 1215
Fax: 845-434-8346

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