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Thomas O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools
607-326-4151 , ext. 15
April Superintendent's Message
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
- Doug Larson
I guess I could not find a more fitting quote to welcome spring to our area. And oh what a winter it has been for us all! As you all are aware it has cut into our Spring Break and school will be open for business on April 19-21. There are very few districts that have not been forced to take days back this year in Upstate New York and we have been instructed there will be no relief from NYS regarding the 180 day requirement. There are some things we can control and weather is not one of them and with that said, the health and safety of all members of this school community is of utmost importance.
I am happy to announce that the 21st Century (CROP) grant was miraculously renewed. Coming into this renewal process, it looked grim but we are happy that it has been renewed. We have been informed that it is a conditional one-year renewal with the hope that the Federal Government does not institute the cuts that they have proposed, with this being one of the programs on the chopping block. Please pay attention to future updates.
Roxbury Central School will continue to get a much-needed face-lift with the completion of the exterior old wing work to start up shortly and with some needed interior renovations beginning in the summer. The bids shall start to be awarded shortly and after the construction firms have been identified, a series of meetings will promptly take place to help us understand how intensely this work will impact the habitability of our building during July and August. This work could impact summer programs and there will be more to follow as the plan is made clearer.
There is much more taking place in relation to next year's budget and moving forward into the 2017-2018 school year and April is always a month of firming up plans and finalizing strategies to maintain a sound educations program in a fiscally responsible manner. We, like all rural public schools in New York State are striving to maintain our viability and to help keep a major core of our community intact. May 16th is the date for the annual vote and I encourage you all to exercise your right to vote and if you need to register, that form is available in the main office.
Please note that all voter registration forms must be submitted for review to the Delaware County Board of Elections not later than April 20, 2017 or your opportunity to vote in this local election will potentially be denied.
Have a Great Spring and soon it will be Lush and Green!!
Thomas J. O'Brien, Superintendent
607-326-4151, ext. 15
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