Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2010-2011 School Calendar Finalized

The 2010-2011 school calendar was approved by the Board of Trustees Monday evening. Please take a moment to view it on our web site or here.

There are some changes in store for next year. School will begin at 8:00 AM and get out at 3:20 PM. This change is primarily due to the need to switch the secondary master schedule from six to seven periods daily to accommodate the increased graduation requirements which begin with the class of 2013. Because of this longer day and the subsequent increase in daily instructional time, the calendar has fewer days of school but the instructional time remains at a similar historical level.

There are no early release days in the calendar to maximize the efficiency of our transportation system and instructional time. Instead, a number of full days have been scheduled for professional days for staff. You will also note two furlough days, one on what would have been a student contact day and one on what would have been a professional day. These furlough days are being taken as a result of decreased state funding to help limit the impact on the local budget.

The Board and administration will appreciate your feedback next school year on this calendar. I would like to thank those parents and staff members who volunteered to serve on the calendar committee this year for their help.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

If you can read this, thank a teacher!

You may have seen the bumper sticker: "If you can read this, thank a teacher." You probably have read or heard of Hillary Clinton's book "It takes a Village." Educating productive citizens is of paramount importance to the perpetuation of our democracy. Teachers and education support personnel, in conjunction with parents and other community members, play a vital role in preparing young people for the future. 

Today is Teacher and Education Staff Appreciation Day. We are so lucky in the Genesee School District to have outstanding teachers and support staff. We are also very lucky to have an education-minded community who supports their school system.

Our students are number one in the minds and hearts of all of the employees of your school district. If you get a chance, please thank them.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

DRAFT Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

The Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing at 6:00 PM on June 8 to review the budget. Later that evening, at the regular meeting, they will take action to approve or deny the budget. A draft copy of the 95 page document can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

     DRAFT FY2011 Budget Document

Patrons are invited to the budget hearing. This will be your opportunity to ask questions and/or comment on the proposed budget prior to Board action. Please understand the budget is subject to revision at any time prior to acceptance by the Board of Trustees.

You may contact me via email (, telephone (285-1161 extension 201), in person or via this blog if you have questions or concerns.