I’d like to thank everyone who came out to vote on the September 24th facilities referendum. Maintaining our facilities has become the number one priority for the Board of Education and this vote will allow us to do so. Going forward, the community should see small referendums as the goal now is to maintain our facilities at the highest possible level.
- C-PP High School Pool Update: A bid opening was held on November 7 and I am pleased to announce that the opening bids came in within budget. The pool is the first part of the new referendum to be under construction and that work will begin in late November, early December. The construction on the pool is slated to be completed by June of 2020.
- Bullying: Parents often ask why after an allegation of bullying is under way, does our investigation have to take place and why does it take so long? The answer here is fairly simple. The standard per Education Law is reasonable suspicion. The accused have rights also. We take every bullying allegation very seriously but when it is time to assign discipline to the accused student, we have to be fairly certain and have that reasonable suspicion that the act occurred. The investigation not only involves a discussion with the accused but also can involve information gathering with other students or a review of camera footage. Any student has the right to appeal a disciplinary decision; therefore, before taking action, we need to be sure that the act occurred.
- High School Assistant Principal: With Mike Gill leaving to be the new Superintendent in the Elmira Heights District, we have a vacancy at the High School. We are working hard to fill that position as soon as possible.
- Play Season: We are so fortunate to be able to provide multiple opportunities for our drama students to perform in front of live audiences. From now through the Spring, we will be in play season as one of the Directors will be preparing for the next play or musical. Special thanks to all of our Music teachers; Drama directors and the various people who help with set design, costumes, tickets, etc. These shows are no small undertaking.
- Snow Days and Winter Weather: By the time you read this, we have already had our first weather delay in 2019-2020. We strive to make the correct call at all times but this is a lot more challenging than you may think. Forecasts can be unreliable and the timing of storms can be challenging also, so please keep the following in mind:
- We don’t have an issue with making the call pre-emptively; however, the quality of the forecast often determines when we can make a call on a delay or closure the night before. So, we’ve proven that we will do it but we want to have some level of assurance that winter weather events which may cause the delay or closure are real.
- We begin the conversation on snow days around 4:00 a.m. and strive to make the call between 5:10 to 5:15 a.m. Your best bet on notification is to subscribe to our “Stay Connected” app which is located on the left side of our homepage in the “Quick Links” section, under District App/subscribe to newsfeed.
- We have no control when the local TV stations or Radio stations announce cancellations. Media is contacted in the first wave of communications by Larry Eccleston, Director of Transportation or Bill Cameron, Public Relations Coordinator, immediately after the decision is made. We do not control when the media posts or announces the information, but media is the first to know.
- Just because your road or street looks okay, don’t assume other parts of the district are not snow covered. We have the 8th largest school district geographically in the State at 238 square miles and weather in the City of Corning, Painted Post and Erwin can be much different than the weather in Beaver Dams, Lindley or Caton. In the end, it is all about safety and we can’t just consider the highly populated areas when making the decision on whether or not to close or delay.
- Master Plan: The district will begin work on the 2020-2025 Master plan in November. A group of 50 stakeholders will be charged with developing the overall strategic plan to carry the District to 2025 in earnest throughout the rest of this school year. The 2020-2025 Master Plan will be presented to the Board of Education for approval in June 2020. I would like to personally think everyone who has signed up to participate.
As always, if there are any concerns, issues or topics you would like to discuss, feel free to contact me at 607-936-3704, Ext 1001 or at email@example.com