Thank You for a Great Year
Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 7/23/2019 12:15:00 PM
Thank You For a Great Year
As we close out the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to thank our students, parents, and staff for an incredible one hundred and eighty-three days. Last week, sixty-two young men and women earned their diplomas from Frewsburg Central School District. Many people, most importantly, our families and educators, supported these students along their journey from pre-kindergarten through graduation. Because of this support, our graduates leave us prepared to tackle whatever lies ahead.
Together, we have accomplished remarkable things. Amongst academic, athletic, and art achievements, highlighted in previous newsletters, here are some additional accomplishments of this school year.
Student Achievement: Many seniors graduated from the Frewsburg District with forty-eight college credits made possible by our highly competent teaching staff and through the use of distance learning. However, beyond test scores, courses, and grades, our students also experienced opportunities designed to engage them in learning and develop their interests. Opportunities were provided for our students to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, also known as STEAM. Our RHJ Lego League and Odyssey of the Mind clubs, the St. Bonaventure’s Challenger Learning Center, JCC STEM WARS, and Lego WeDo coding are just a few examples. Middle school students benefited from a partnership of technology, family and consumer science, art, and business classes as they worked collaboratively to integrate curriculums.
Fiscal: Voters approved our 2019-2020 school budget by a 76% margin, the largest approval percentage in the last eleven years. The district also passed the New York State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress test, which is an early warning system created to alert communities and school districts of fiscal problems.
Facilities: Capital project renovations continue on the bus garage which will include a concession stand and public restrooms. An entrance off of Institute Street was added to the MS/HS parking lot and a portion of the MS/HS parking lot is being paved as I write this. Unfortunately, bids that came in too high prevented the entire parking lot and driveways from being paved at this time. (This was taken into account while planning for our next capital improvement project.)
Through long range financial planning, and with voter approval, the district was able to maximize funding sources and available state aid in order to address the additional needs of our facility. Planning is underway for a new boiler room, replacement of sections of roofing no longer under warranty, renovations to 4th-6th grade classrooms, paving of the remainder of the MS/HS parking lot, and renovations to the community room and MS/HS cafeteria. With an aggressive timeline for planning, we are hopeful that you should see the work noted above begin the summer of 2020, barring any unforeseeable delays from NYSED. In the very near future, you will also see renovations and upgrades to our weight room in order to better meet the needs of PE classes and Frewsburg community members.
Technology: I am also excited to announce that we just recently received approval from NYSED for our Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) application allowing us to continue to place devices into the hands of our students and teachers, further develop STEAM opportunities at RHJ, and give students the opportunity to experience 3D printing. Through purposeful long range financial planning, our technology infrastructure has been “futurized” in order to support all of this technology and any future advancements.
Community: Throughout the year, we partnered with our community for review of our wellness policy, district-wide safety plan, and attendance policy. Our students also had the opportunity to listen to individuals who provided first-hand knowledge and expertise on topics such as the Civil War and the impact of war.
These highlights are just a few of many that make the Frewsburg Central School District one of the finest in the area. Please know that we will be working over the summer to prepare for an even greater 2019-2020 school year. Our staff will be readying classrooms, participating in trainings, and creating conditions for student success.
We are proud of our partnerships and grateful to our community – from voters who consistently support our schools during budget and capital project votes, to the countless number of volunteers who dedicate their free time to help kids, to our towns that always respond positively to requests for assistance. We could not do it without your support. I encourage you to spend time in our schools and see the results of this commitment.
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It is a privilege to serve you, your children, and this district. Please feel free to contact me at (716) 569-7041 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you need to discuss our district.