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Districts vote to move forward with merger process

chalk drawing illustration of partnershipThe boards of education for Alfred-Almond, Arkport and Canaseraga Central School Districts each voted June 10 to proceed with an advisory straw vote to gauge residents’ interest in merging the three districts into one. The boards reached their respective decisions one day after Castallo and Silky Consultants of Syracuse presented a final merger study report (available for viewing on the Arkport district website) during a joint meeting at Alfred-Almond Central School.

The three districts now must wait for the New York State Education Department to schedule the advisory vote.


Arkport among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools

 

U.S. News & World Report bronze medal badgeArkport Central School has earned a bronze medal in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings, based on standardized tests scores and other data, the magazine announced today (May 12).

U.S. News today published detailed information online about more than 21,150 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, the news organization gave many of the schools a college readiness index score, with the top-scoring 6,500-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal – and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.



The Summer of Innovation offers unique learning opportunities for children and young adults during the summer months, extending the traditional school year into a third summer semester. These opportunities provide students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills that are essential to their success in the future.

Click here to see the course offerings, course descriptions and registration forms.



Residents can look up tax bill information online

photo of computer laptopSteuben County has set up a Web page where residents of Arkport Central School District can look up information on their 2014-15 tax bills from last summer, as well as their upcoming 2015-16 tax bills.

Click here to access the page.



Arkport voters approve $10.6 million budget; elect one Board of Education member

Budget approval boxOn May 19, Arkport Central School District voters approved the district’s $10.6 million 2015-16 budget proposal, elected a new Board of Education member and passed two additional propositions.

Voters approved:

  • A $10,582,207 budget for the 2015-16 school year that decreases spending 0.51 percent (-$53,935), and carries a 1.35 percent tax levy increase ($43,101): 229 yes, 59 no.
  • The purchase of one school bus and one van for a total cost not to exceed $132,000: 208 yes, 67 no.
  • The election of new Board of Education member Michelle Chamberlin, who received 127 votes and will serve a five-year term starting July 1.
  • A proposal to re-establish a district capital reserve fund for a period of 10 years (until 2025): 206 yes, 59 no.
Read the full story on the 2015-16 Budget page.


 

Look for May 2015 budget newsletter in mail

Check your mailbox soon for the Arkport Central School District budget newsletter.

The newsletter is packed with information on the 2015-16 budget proposal, including:

  • an overview of the $10.6 million proposed budget;
  • answers to frequently asked budget questions;
  • a look at student achievement in 2014-15;
  • a breakdown of 2015-16 revenue sources and proposed expenditures; and
  • voter information.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in the WSL Performing Arts Center, Arkport Central School.

Residents will vote on the budget proposal, elect one member to the Arkport Board of Education and consider two additional propositions, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the small gymnasium at Arkport Central School.

The budget newsletter is also available online. And there’s even more budget information, including fact sheets and archived budget news, on the district’s 2015-16 Budget web page



Summer Youth Soccer Registration

Please click on the link below to connect with the summer youth soccer registration form.

GO TO the Summer Soccer Registration Form



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.

Read the complete story on the district budget webpage.



State adopts 2015-16 budget
Schools to see more aid in approved state budget; increases tied to another reboot of teacher evaluation system

Budget logo graphicAfter 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.

Read the complete story on the district's budget page.


Get the facts about test refusal

exam bubble sheetA 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.”

Read the complete story on the "What's New?" page.


Regents approve plan for new statewide science learning standards

students study test tubesIn 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.

Read the complete story on the "What's New?" page.


2015-16 School Calendar Approved By BOE at the March Meeting

The Arkport Central School Board of Education approved the 2015-16 school calendar at its regular meeting on March 11, 2015.

Click on the document below to download the 2015-16 school calendar.




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.





Helpful Links for Parents

PTA & NYSUT publication about the Common Core

EngageNY ELA Videos
EngageNY Math Videos

Common Core Math Video Gallery

EngageNY Student Activities
www.Learnzillion.com 

Additional links are available by clicking on the "Parents" link above, then clicking on "common Core" links on the left side of the page.




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.