Welcome Back C-PP Students, Parents and Community,
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all students. We are looking forward to a busy and eventful 2019-2020 School year. Here are some things of note:
Calvin U. Smith and Winfield Elementary Schools are nearly complete and the finished product is spectacular. If you have driven by Winfield and been concerned about the work being completed for the start of school, you can stop worrying. For the last 10 years, we have hit construction deadlines and will do so here as well. Kudos to Welliver for great oversight of our projects and Hunt Engineers on the design side. We could not be more pleased.
- September 24th Facilities Vote
This vote is crucially important in terms of “finishing the job” once and for all. This vote, if successful, guarantees the end of the major referendums. This 89 million dollar project is literally a “nuts and bolts” project and is focused on infrastructure such as HVAC, roof work, window replacement, asbestos abatement and safety upgrades. We are also seeking to renovate the High School pool and tennis courts, both of which have far exceeded their expected lifespan and are in desperate need of renovation. This project is aided 80% by the state and through the use of an energy performance contract and our capital reserve. This project will result in no tax increase. Please vote on September 24th.
Bullying is alive and well in our society and civility has been lost as social media has helped normalize bad behaviors. Kids are growing up in this world where adults are unable to have even a civil conversation without attacking one another. So, one would surmise that in that world, kids are being heavily influenced by adults and the society we live in. People have asked me or rather told me that “CPP has a bullying problem.” I think that our students do experience bullying but I believe the issue around this topic is that we have more of a lack of “reporting bullying” problem. We need students to report incidents when they happen so they can be dealt with. I talk with the administrators almost daily as they investigate reports of bullying and trust me, we are taking action when it is reported. I see the suspensions and Superintendents Hearings that come about as a result.
However, from speaking to parents I think that many assume that we know when students are being bullied and we do not. Obviously, if bullying is occurring on a student’s personal social media account, we do not have access. In my experience, parents and students wait too long to report bullying because the assumption is that we know. I would urge every student and parent to report incidents of bullying the first time it occurs. Our Anti-Bullying policy is here: https://www.corningareaschools.com/content/94. I welcome questions, conversation and comments on this topic, so please contact me directly if you have a question or concern. We do not want any student to not feel safe and comfortable in school.
Please note this link about the dangers of teen vaping: https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/health-news/upstate-poison-center-1-in-5-teens-uses-e-cigarettes-vapes/ and please look at this tip sheet for parents about how to talk with your teen on this topic.
We are starting our 3rd year of Equity work with the Equity Collaborative from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This is one of the District’s most important initiatives. This 3rd year will focus on the strengthening of the Student Equity Group at the High School, the creation of a similar group at the Middle School and Parent Engagement work at all eight buildings.
Another key District initiative is the creation of the next rendition of the Master Plan. The Master Plan has guided all of the initiatives over the last 15 years and has been something that we place a high value on. This work will begin sometime this month.
After 13 years, CPP will have a new Superintendent once again. Michelle Caulfield, the current Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, was unanimously approved by the Board of Education to be the next Superintendent starting on July 1, 2020. Michelle will be amazing and will do a great job. One of my top priorities for the 2019-2020 school year is to prepare Michelle to take the reins almost seamlessly at the conclusion of this school year. A leadership transition can be very difficult for an organization. I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the transition is very smooth and uneventful.
As always, I welcome your calls and e-mails on any topic of interest. I value input from parents and students on all topics and know that community members, students and parents see things happening in the District that we do not. I can be reached at 607-936-3704, Ext. 1001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.