Students Spell at the Bee: This weekend the Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee was held, and we were very proud to have Carter Leonard (CMS sixth grader), Collin Puchta (CMS eighth grader), and Abigail Ray (East Hill fifth grader) participated from our Wildcat family. Alaina Kenny from Onondaga Hill Middle School in the Westhill School District went on to win. Congratulations to all who participated.
Practicing Emergency Preparedness: Also on Friday the administrators took part in an active shooter training at Stonehedge Elementary School. Emergency officials from the Camillus Police Department, Fairmount Fire Department, Camillus Fire Department, Fairmount Ambulance, WAVES Ambulance, and about a dozen student volunteers helped us to witness what an active shooter situation could look and sound like within a school building.
Governor Cuomo indicated that New York State is approaching a $2B surplus. In his proposed budget he called for an increase in money to schools. When you read the fine print however, very few schools except for those in extreme poverty or schools that are underperforming will qualify for the additional money that he is making available. This leaves West Genesee with about a $1.7M budget gap as we fine tune our expenses for next year. Obviously this will lead to significant reductions once again to balance the budget unless something is done.
A link to the flyer can be found here. As far as I know there are no assigned seats or anything else you need to do except show up to listen. All elected officials have been invited, but they will not speak. A full auditorium of area community members and school officials will send a strong message. If you can find the time to attend or help, it will be very much appreciated. In the coming weeks I will also provide a template letter that you can send to our elected officials. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the governor will allow money that he has already set aside to be used for the GEA instead. This will help ALL schools and not increase what he has already pledged.
Planning Strategically: This week is our strategic planning meeting. Our strategic plan is the most important document that guides us to determine resources, needs, and direction. The strategic planning committee consists of Board members, administrators, support staff, teachers, and students. Be on the lookout for our 2014-15 goals.
Enjoy the week-