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  •  The next Board of Education  meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in the High School ALC, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.  Anticipated Executive Session at 6:00 p.m.; public meeting anticipated to begin at 7:00 p.m.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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Superintendent's Message....

 

 

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at Niagara Wheatfield Central Schools. We look forward to an excellent year focused on enhancing learning opportunities for students, safety and a sense of belonging to the educational community. There is much that has been happening during the summer that bears recognition. I’d like to share some of the activities with you.

 

Teachers have been in all summer attending professional development sessions as well as meeting in small groups as a part of the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness grant.  The purpose of the grant is to support the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards through collaborative efforts led by teachers. Mrs. Nora O’Bryan, Principal of Errick Road Elementary and Mr. John Fitzpatrick, Assistant Principal of Edward Town Middle School are the administrators who are leading the activities of the grant.

 

This past school year, our food service department went through a child nutrition program audit by New York State Education Department. We recently received the findings from the audit and it revealed that our food service department passed with flying colors! Congratulations to Mr. Domenico Barile, School Lunch Director and the entire food service staff! Thank you!

 

We have a new Director of Special Programs in the district.  I would like to congratulate Mr. Patrick Canfield as he moves into the position of Director of Special Programs.  Mr. Canfield held the position of Assistant Director of Special Programs.  We will be welcoming Mr. Andrew Wnek as our new Assistant Director of Special Programs.  Mr. Wnek will be joining our District Leadership Team in October.

 

Our bus drivers, monitors, mechanics and transportation staff are starting the year at the top of their game after having gone through safety training this summer led by our Director of Transportation, Mrs. Leslie Buczkowski. All are ready, with enough busses this year, to transport our students safely to school!

 

Students arrived to exceptionally clean and polished buildings this year.  Each building sparkles as a result of the efforts of the entire buildings and grounds department this summer. Thanks to all for their hard work this summer!

 

We are starting the 2014-15 school year with great hope for the future.

 

In the very recent past, public education has been a lightening rod for controversy and debate.  The current Regents Reform agenda has stirred in many, a wide range of emotions from wild passionate support to vehement vocal rejection of the most prominent of it’s components; the common core learning standards, student assessments, and annual professional performance reviews.

 

The rushed and problematic reform has only exacerbated the controversy of the initiative.  Add to this the lack of adequate and equitable funding, the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and additional unfunded mandates and you have a perfect storm of inertia and blame that has eroded confidence in our public school system and left us floundering in the wake of change.

 

 

We will get past this period of concern through focusing on the following three things:

 

First, we need strong, local, teacher leadership in collaboration with BOCES, employing a regional model to provide a hub of support for programming, operations, shared services and professional development.

 

Second, we need a State Education Department that openly engages public educators in a collaborative process of developing strategies for a comprehensive system of support for the increased level of accountability and to develop resources and supports to local systems.

                       

Finally, we need a state legislature and executive branch of government that provides adequate and equitable funding to public schools to fund the costly implementation of the State Education initiatives and the Regents Reform agenda.

 

With all three, we stand a chance of ensuring the success of our students and a promising future. Our Public schools are a reflection of our communities and our society. Our future will be a reflection of the quality of public education that each child receives.

 

With the continued building of partnerships between our District, our families and community stakeholders we will be able to serve our students better and have a successful school future. 

 

Sincerely,

  

Lynn Marie Fusco, Ph.D.

Superintendent

 

 

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