Superintendent's Office

Matthew J. McDonald                 
Superintendent of Schools
(315) 638-6043

29 East Oneida Street
Baldwinsville, NY  13027
(315) 638-6043

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Superintendent Matthew McDonald


December 2017 Web Message           

Dear District Residents,
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
The holiday season has me reflecting on all that the district has to be thankful for this school year. We are only three full months into the school year and we are fortunate to have already experienced some amazing achievements this fall, including the following:
  • Ninety-eight students received AP Scholar awards.
  • The Central New York Library Resources Council named the Baker High School library the 2017 School Library of the Year.
  • Seven students were selected to perform at the prestigious 2017 All-State Music Conference.
  • The girls soccer team, under the guidance of Coach Kathy Morse, was crowned the New York State Champion in Class AA!
  • The girls varsity volleyball team, coached by MaryJo Cerqua, won the 2017 Section III Class AA championship. This year’s sectional championship was Coach Cerqua’s 20th sectional championship – the 10th one in a row! This year also marked her 21st league championship.
  • Girls field hockey won the 2017 Section III Class A Championship, the 2017 Class A NYS Regional Championship, and competed as a semifinalist in the state competition.
  • The boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Federations meet, and our boys finished in 7th place. We also had members of the boys and girls cross country teams participate in the state competition.
It was a truly remarkable fall!
It was also a remarkable fall because we were very fortunate to receive a donation from a Baldwinsville resident to be used for our mental health education efforts. Michelle Green donated $10,000 to the district. In 2013 Green lost her son, Eric, to suicide. She said she does not want another mother to endure “the searing pain of losing their child to suicide.” Her incredible generosity is an example of how, as a community, we are working together to help our students achieve their full potential. Thank you to Michelle Green for her caring and commitment to the mental wellbeing of Baldwinsville’s students.
This time of year is one of the busiest for our students and staff. Besides their regular schedules of instruction at each school, our students are rehearsing for band, chorus and orchestra concerts (calendar of events). I hope you can find time in your busy schedule to attend a concert to see and hear why the district is a Best Community for Music Education designee.
Our winter teams are in the heat of competition (team schedules) and looking to duplicate the successes of our fall teams. Win or lose, our athletes are representing the district with B’ville pride and spirit and respect for their opponents. GO BEES!!!
As we approach a new year, district administrators are preparing components of the 2018-19 budget, which they will begin presenting to the Board of Education in January. You can find the schedule of meeting dates HERE. I encourage all residents to attend these meetings for details on how we are developing the budget so that it is fiscally responsible to district taxpayers and student-centered and will continue to provide all students with the programs and instruction they need to thrive. We view the budget development process as a collaboration between staff, administrators, the Board of Education and the Baldwinsville school district community. We will continue to offer residents time at each meeting to ask questions about the budget component being reviewed that evening. The voice of the community is vital in the development of the 2018-2019 budget.
Amid the frenzy of this holiday season, I hope you will be able to find time to enjoy family and friends and the sights and sounds that make this time of year so special.
On behalf of the entire school district staff, administrators, and the Board of Education, I wish everyone good health, good cheer, and a peaceful and joyous holiday season!
Matthew J. McDonald
Superintendent of Schools                                                                         
Last updated on 11/30/2017