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Thomas O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools

Thomas O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools
607-326-4151 , ext. 15
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February Newsletter


"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in the shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life" - Tagore


      By the time you read this newsletter the groundhogs will have performed their annual ritual to let us know if the grips of winter will continue or subside.  This has been a challenging winter in relation to trying to keep a consistent educational program and I want to thank you the parents, our students, coaches, bus drivers, teachers, all support staff and the highway department for all of the hard work and patience.  As I write this newsletter we are in early release mode and we have six emergency days remaining.

      Please take some time to read our Board of Education President, Edward Fersch's letter to you.  This will be the first in a series of letters he will be writing you to help you understand the importance of the New York Standardized Testing Program and the implications it has for our school  I had mentioned this topic in the previous newsletter and Mr. Fersch does an excellent job in his letter by first giving you the historical background then an overview of steps the New York State Education Department has taken to address many of the concerns that arose out of the roll out of the Common Core Learning Standards and the teachers’ "Annual Professional Performance Review" (APPR).

      On another Board of Education note, Mr. Nicolas Savin, ONC BOCES District Superintendent was appointed as the official search consultant to select my successor.  This marks the beginning of the process for picking the next superintendent. This extended timeline ensures that this arduous process is efficiently wrapped up so a smooth transition can occur when I retire from the district in the beginning of January, 2020.

            On another important note, we are excited that our “Smartbond” technology and security funds have been approved by New York State. This will enable us to finally improve the district’s technology infrastructure and video surveillance capabilities. These technology upgrades shall benefit our instructional programs immensely and significantly help protect our facilities and its occupants from internal and external safety and security issues. This has taken a frustratingly long two years of swimming through red tape and by the end of next summer we are hoping to have the work fully completed.

            We are fortunate to have a place like RCS and let us continue to try to come together to focus on our sole mission to help our community’s children grow and thrive to meet their greatest potential.

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