Superintendent's Office

Matthew McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
(315) 638-6043

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

Superintendent Matthew McDonald

April  2017 Web Message

Spring has officially arrived (so the calendar says)! District events and activities are in full swing at this time of year. There’s so much going on: sports, concerts, final exams and Regents preparation!
As a reminder, Thursday, April 13, which was originally scheduled as a flex day, is now a full day of school due to exhausting all five of the allocated snow days. A full day of school is necessary in order for the District to meet the state’s requirement that students be in school for a minimum of 180 days per school year.  We appreciate your understanding regarding this necessary change to the calendar. I can assure you that the 2017-2018 calendar and future District calendars will meet the expectations of the State Education Department.

At this time there is no change to Friday, April 14 which is the Good Friday holiday or to spring break which is April 17, 2017 through April 21, 2017. As long as there are no additional snow days this school year, we will not have to make any additional changes to this year’s calendar.

For the last week of school students attending Baker and Durgee will follow the Regents schedule. Students attending Ray Middle and the elementary schools will be on the following schedule:
* Monday, June 19 - Full Day of School
* Tuesday, June 20 - Full Day of School
* Wednesday, June 21 - Full Day of School
* Thursday, June 22 - 1/2 Day for Students (Ray MS Dismissal at 10:45 a.m.; Elementary Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.)
*Friday, June 23 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 1/2 Day for Students (Ray MS Dismissal at 10:45 a.m.; Elementary Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.)  
Have you seen our Points of Pride page on the website?  You can find it at this link:  Points of Pride. On this page we list the District’s most notable highlights in academics, the arts, athletics, and staff achievement for the 2016-2017 school year. I am proud to say that even though it’s only April, the list of achievements is long, and still growing. As the year progresses we are always adding achievements to the list.
In May we will be posting a special budget newsletter on the website and mailing it to District residents in order to provide you with details on the proposed 2017-2018 budget. You can also attend the public budget hearing that will be held on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Durgee Junior High School cafeteria. This is an opportunity to learn more about the budget and ask questions. On Thursday, May 16, budget voting and school board elections will take place in the Baker High School small gym. The polls will be open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
As spring begins to unfold and the end of the school year is fast approaching, it is important to continue working together to provide educational excellence which will allow us the ability to reach our full potential together.
Again, happy spring!!!

Matthew McDonald, Superintendent                                 Yellow Tulips


Last updated on 4/3/2017