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Arkport Board of Education adopts 2015-16 budget proposal
The Arkport Board of Education voted April 8 to adopt a $10,582,207 budget proposal for the 2015-16 school year that calls for a 0.51 percent decrease in spending compared with 2014-15 and carries a 1.35 percent tax levy increase.
The fiscal plan includes all existing academic programs and services; maintains all current extra- and co-curricular activities that take place after school; adds a summer remedial reading program for elementary students; introduces new, college-level course offerings at the high school level; restores student driver education to the school day; and increases staff development opportunities.
The district’s $10.6 million budget proposal decreases spending by $53,935, compared to the 2014-15 school year, while increasing the tax levy by $43,101. District residents will vote on it 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19.
The district is considering changing the current bell schedule in the fall. The changes being considered would eliminate late-start Mondays, improve common meeting and planning time among the staff and help the district maintain our current level of intervention time.
We will be posting a brief survey on the district website in the near future, to give community members an opportunity to respond to the potential changes. We would greatly appreciate your input, so please look for the survey on our website sometime next week.
State adopts 2015-16 budget Schools to see more aid in approved state budget; increases tied to another reboot of teacher evaluation system
After an unusual state budget process that included a mid-session change in Assembly leadership and preliminary school aid data that was withheld from school districts by the governor, the Arkport Central School District expects an estimated $476,946 increase in state funding over the current year as part of the final state budget approved by the State Legislature. (That figure is based on estimates for BOCES and high-cost aid and could decrease by the time those actual amounts are known later in the year.) To receive the increase, legislators approving the budget are requiring that the district retool its teacher evaluation plan – known as the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) – under a new set of undetermined rules. The plan must be approved by the State Education Department by Nov. 15.
April is School Library Month Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center
This year, during the month of April, schools across the country will bring special attention to their libraries and to the professionals who staff them, as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of School Library Month.
The American Library Association (ALA) first designated April as School Library Month on April 1, 1985, and it has been recognized annually ever since. In this anniversary year, the ALA is returning to its inaugural theme of “Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center.” While the theme is as fitting today as it was then, school libraries have changed, and the role of the school librarian/media specialist has been redefined in the 30 years since School Library Month was introduced.
A growing number of parents and caregivers statewide are planning to instruct their children to refuse to participate in standardized tests administered in public schools across the country this spring.
Administrators in the Arkport Central School District understand that parents have questions and concerns about the tests, which are scheduled to take place in April for students in grades 3-8.
“While we support parents’ rights to have their child refuse to take the upcoming state assessments, we urge them to make that decision after thoughtful and informed consideration,” Arkport Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles said. “We are concerned about the incomplete and, in some cases, inaccurate information about test refusal that is being voiced, namely that the tests have no value, that they are overly punitive to teachers, and that the information the tests provide are not used.”
Regents approve plan for new statewide science learning standards
In January, the New York State Board of Regents approved a strategic plan to enhance science instruction for students in grades K-12. According to the plan, updated state standards in science are critical for developing “scientifically literate citizens who are better prepared to pursue college and career pathways.”
The state’s new Statewide Strategic Plan for Science and P-12 Science Learning Standards was created as a guide for how to develop and implement new science standards; it is not the standards themselves. It also does not outline when such standards would go into effect. Instead, the plan provides goals and objectives for identifying new state science standards with input from stakeholders such as K-12 teachers and school administrators, higher education and industry representatives, parents, students, professional associations and government officials.
Library book memorials: a way to remember or celebrate
Book memorials are donations made to the Arkport Central School Library, usually in memory of a member of the community who has passed away, but also can be in celebration of a milestone or important event. These donations are tax-deductible and enable the library to purchase books and other media to supplement and enhance the library collection.
If you would like to make a memorial donation, please contact Ashley Poulin at (607) 295-7471, Ext. 2229, or via email at email@example.com.
The library has received a number of memorials in recent months we would like to recognize:
The video above, produced this year by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service, might help.
The GEA law was first introduced for the 2010-11 fiscal year by then-Governor Paterson as a way to help close New York’s then $10 billion budget deficit. Under the legislation, a portion of the funding shortfall at the state level is divided among all school districts throughout the state and reflected as a reduction in school district state aid.
The GEA has left a hole in many school district budgets — including in Arkport — in recent years. In the previous five state budgets, New York’s schools have lost more than $9.53 billion cumulatively to the GEA. At the GEA’s single-year peak in 2011-12, more than $2.56 billion in state school funding was withheld. While districts have seen a partial restoration each year since, the total amount schools are losing to the GEA in the current year, 2014-15, stands at about $1.04 billion.
Update: No aid increase for next two years unless Legislature approves Cuomo’s proposal
According to language in Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget bill, if the legislature does not enact the education reforms the governor outlined in his budget address on Wednesday, Jan. 21, districts will not receive any aid greater than their 2014-15 amount for each of the next two years.
The reforms Mr. Cuomo proposed include an overhaul of the existing teacher evaluation law, more stringent tenure requirements, funding to expand preschool programs, lifting the cap on charter schools, and a new turnaround process for the state’s lowest performing schools.
An additional $1.1 billion in state aid next year would represent a 4.8 percent increase over the current year. The governor did not detail how the money would be distributed, and district-by-district breakdowns are not yet available.
The governor also did not address the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, which is the mechanism through which the state has diverted promised school funding over the last five years to meet other budget priorities. In that time, schools have lost more than $9.52 billion cumulatively to the GEA, and they are still owed $1.04 billion.
The overall proposed increase in aid falls short of the $2 billion or more that the New York State Board of Regents and leading education groups have called for to meet the needs of students next year.
Merger advisory committee to discuss finances at Arkport
This discussion topic for February's school/community merger advisory committee meeting will be finance. The meeting is scheduled on Monday, Feb. 2 at 6:00 pm in the Arkport Central School Performing Arts Center.
Last week's follow-up meeting minutes and outline can be found by clicking on the "Merger Study" link on the right of this page.
Arkport Central School Closing and Delay Procedures
ONE HOUR DELAY PROCEDURES In the event that the school district commences a "One Hour Delay" the following will occur: • The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students • Principals will contact any necessary personnel for supervision • All faculty and staff are expected to report to school as close to 8:00 AM as possible • Cereal, juice, and milk will be the only items provided for breakfast in the cafeteria • Any Regents exams that may be scheduled will take place at their scheduled time • Students will be transported to morning BOCES • School will begin at 9:05 AM
TWO HOUR DELAY PROCEDURES In the event that the school district commences a "Two Hour Delay" the following will occur: • The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students • Principals will contact any necessary personnel for supervision • All faculty and staff are expected to report to school as close to 8:00 AM as possible • Cereal, juice, and milk will be the only items provided for breakfast in the cafeteria • Any Regents exams that may be scheduled will take place at their scheduled time • There will be no morning BOCES bus run. Full day and afternoon students will be transported in the afternoon run. • School will begin at 10:05 AM
SCHOOLCLOSING PROCEDURES In the event that the school district commences a "Closure" the following will occur: • The automated notification system will be used to notify staff and students • All after school activities are automatically cancelled • The following TV stations are contacted: YNN, WETM, and WENY • The following radio stations are contacted: WLEA/WCKR, WHHO/WKPQ, WHAM
And as always, check the school web site for the most up-to-date information.
2014-15 School Calendar
Click on the document below for the 2014-15 school calendar.
Annual Professional Performance Review Information
In accordance with Education Law 3012-c(10)(c) the Arkport Central School District will make available to parents or legal guardians your child’s current teacher’s final rating and composite effectiveness score beginning October 18, 2013. You must make this request to the grade level principal (K-6: Mrs. Dewey; 7-12: Mr. Harper) and will be required to come to the school for a brief meeting to receive the scores.
To view the District's APPR plan click on the "documents" link on the left of the page.
In accordance with Section 1 of subpart F of Chapter 56 of the laws of 2014, it should be noted that the district is not using any standardized tests not specified by the NYSED.
Standard Work DayResolution for Employees* RS 2418 Office of the New York State Comptroller New York State and Local Retirement System Employees’ Retirement System Police and Fire Retirement System 110 State Street, Albany, New York 12244-0001
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Arkport Central School District, Location code 74605, hereby establishes the following as standard work days for its employees and will report days worked to the New York State and LocalEmployees’ Retirement System based on the time keeping system or the record of activities maintained and submittedby these members to the clerk of this body:
Title Standard Work Day(Hrs/day)
Standard Work Day
On this 10th day of December, 2014.
Meghann Khork, District Clerk, Date enacted: December 10, 2014.
I, Meghann Khork, clerk of the governing board of the Arkport Central School District, of the State of New York, do hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing with the original resolution passed bysuch board, at a legally convened meeting held on the 10th day of December, 2014 on file as part of theminutes of such meeting, and that same is a true copy thereof and the whole of such original.
I further certify that the full board, consists of 5 members, and that 5 of such members were present at suchmeeting and that 5 of such members voted in favor of the above resolution.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto Set my hand and the seal of the Arkport Central School District.
*To be used for all employees. Please list Elected and Appointed Officials on the form (RS2417-A) Standard Workday and Reporting Resolution for Elected and Appointed Officials.
The Arkport Central School District is a small K-12 school system which prides itself on an individualized and personalized approach to educating its students. Classes of instruction are relatively small; student support services are strong; and the curriculum programs are diverse. We believe all students can learn and, therefore, they deserve the best quality education we can give them each day in the classroom. We encourage critical thinking and try our best to instill a love of learning. We are confident we can ensure this outcome by building supportive, positive relationships in a culture of academic excellence.
All of us - from teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, administrators, maintenance crew, instructional aides, computer technicians, office personnel and all other staff - are a team focused on supporting the continued academic and personal growth of each student.
We need one more very important part in our work and that partner is YOU. The success of our education system depends on our ability to continue building strong partnerships with businesses, families and community members. Working together, all of us have an important role in preparing our students for their future.
We encourage you to visit this site often as we anticipate updating it on a regular basis. If you don't find what you are looking for, let us know so we can add it to the website. Thank you for your interest and support of Arkport Central School District.
Character Education Focus
Arkport Central School believes Character Education is a continuous process of development which should reinforce the positive qualities already taught in the homes of our children. The results of the community analysis allowed us to be able to form a list of traits to focus on for each month of this school year. The definition and character trait for each month are included in this calendar.
Arkport Central School Code
As an ACS student...
I pledge to be a person of character.
I will be worthy of trust.
I will be respectful and responsible, doing what I must.
I will always act with fairness.
I will show that I care.
I will be a good citizen and always do my share.
This I will do with pride.
An additional instructional period has been added to this years daily schedule. The additional time was needed to allow students to receive additional instructional support during the year. The schedule is as follows:
School Opens for students for breakfast at 7:55 AM (student must report to the cafeteria)