Superintendent's Office

Matthew McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
(315) 638-6043

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


June  2017 Web Message

On behalf of the District and the Board of Education, I’d like to thank the community for approving the 2017-2018 budget, the bus proposition, and the capital fund proposition on May 16. Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide Baldwinsville’s children with a high quality education, from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
As we wrap up this school year, our seniors are preparing for graduation, and that has prompted me to reflect on what factors make our school district successful in guiding students from kindergarten to their diplomas. The answer is community.
Frankly, without the support of our community all year round, we would not be able to offer many of the programs, services, and activities that set Baldwinsville apart from other school districts. We would not be able to provide our secondary students with over 30 college-credit bearing courses to keep them competitive with their peers around the country. We would not be a Best Community for Music Education designee for the 8th consecutive year. We would not have one of the top 50 high schools in the state for athletes. We would not be able to provide our special education students with all of the equipment, services, and resources that they need.

Another factor that sets Baldwinsville apart is its excellent educators. Every year the District attracts a substantial number of outstanding applicants for open instructional positions, and we select the best of the best to teach our children. This year eight of our teachers were named New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence because they embody the qualities that define an exceptional educator – they go above and beyond to inspire and to improve the quality of education, they are innovative, and they are devoted to teaching. They are:

·  Lynda Barry, Baker High School
·  Kerry Anne Bertrand, McNamara Elementary School
·  Tiffany Collacchi, Reynolds Elementary School
·  Colleen Goss, Durgee Junior High School
·  Daniel Hyland, Elden Elementary School
·  Noel Penafeather, Van Buren Elementary School
·  Karen Pickard, Ray Middle School
·  Ashley Vernyi, Palmer Elementary School

At the end of June we will say good-bye to 25 staff members who are retiring or have retired earlier this year. They have a combined 400+ years of service with the District, and although we will be sad to see them leave, and we will miss their contributions to the District, we are happy for them as they begin a new adventure. They are:
Joseph Bisignano
Alyce Bullis
Donna Calkins
Laura Cook
David Crast
Deborah Davis
Josephine Estock
Peter Fiorini
Victoria Gaworecki
Theresa Hicks
Mary Lou Higgins
Cynthia Hinkle
Raymond Loveless
Joanne Melton
Chris Middlemore
Darren Moyer
Judith Mula-Mills
Mary Paice
Laurie Palmer
Ricky Palmer
Theresa Parry-Bick
Kathleen Sahm
Sandra Tarnow
Nancy Wilson
Anthony Woods, Jr.

We will also say goodbye to Baker High School’s senior class. Graduation will be held on June 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College Campus. It is always an honor for me to be a part of this day as students and their families and friends celebrate their achievements.
On behalf of the entire school district, I wish the members of the Class of 2017 all the best in all that they do. GO BEES!
It’s been a great year to be a Baldwinsville Bee! I hope everyone has a relaxing, fun, and peaceful summer!


Matthew J. McDonald
Last updated on 5/31/2017