A Message From Your Superintendent:
We have just passed the halfway mark of the school year and I am proud to reflect upon all that has been achieved to date. Our students continue to distinguish themselves in myriad areas – including the arts, athletics and, of course, academics – all while our teachers continue to exemplify tremendous dedication in navigating uncharted waters impelled by numerous challenges and changes in education. While many of these changes come with a degree of uncertainty, I firmly believe our district’s past and current efforts are helping to support and prepare our students for the increased rigor presented by the new state standards.
Over the next several months, a significant portion of our Board of Education meetings will be dedicated to planning a proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year. As we once again contend with the state tax cap, which for our district will be set at 1.35 percent this year, our conversations will undoubtedly focus on working to preserve our overall programs and services, while identifying cost-saving measures. I encourage all members of the community to join this planning process by attending our meetings.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the community for its recent overwhelming support of our Bond Referendum. This project will allow us to complete necessary maintenance repairs and, in some cases, replacements of key systems and areas in each of our facilities. In addition to increasing the operational efficiency of our buildings, these projects will have several financial benefits – namely, that two-thirds of the cost will be funded by New York State building aid. In today’s tax cap era, this type of financial planning is crucial in order to avoid spikes in annual budgets and preserve funds for educational programs rather than inevitable maintenance projects.
One of the greatest challenges of the past several months has been something completely beyond our control – the weather. This winter has brought an onslaught of inclement weather that has left roadways hazardous to navigate and forced schools across Long Island to implement several snow closings. In Three Village, we have called for school closings on four occasions (to date). As our academic calendar included three anticipated snow days, school will now be in session for students and staff on Monday, April 21. Please be advised that this day was previously included at the end of the spring break, which follows Easter Sunday. Should the district use an additional snow day, the spring break may be impacted further. I will continue to keep you informed should such a decision be necessary.
Many thanks to the entire community for your support of our students, staff, and schools.
Superintendent of Schools