Dear District Residents:
Proposed 2014-2015 Budget Includes Full Day Kindergarten
The Baldwinsville Central School District has designed its 2014-2015 budget to include the implementation of a full day kindergarten program to begin in the 2014-2015 school year. The proposed budget includes the resources needed for a full day program. Superintendent Jeanne Dangle announced the district’s plans for full day kindergarten at the Board of Education meeting on March 10.
The district will begin registering students for kindergarten on March 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and March 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the elementary schools. Families currently on the district student database with a child eligible for kindergarten have been mailed an informational letter and a registration packet.
If you have a child eligible for kindergarten and do not receive a registration packet by March 15 please call the district registrar at 635-4569 or 638-6050 to request a packet be mailed; or you can pick up a packet as a “walk-in” at the school your child will attend in the fall during the registration hours listed above. You can find additional information regarding kindergarten registration on the district website at bville.org.
Capital Project Vote
On February 11, voters approved the district’s proposed $18.5 million capital project, which will allow the district to make necessary repairs and upgrades in Baker High School, Durgee Junior High School, Ray Middle School, Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and the Baldwinsville Public Library. Thank you for your support of the district’s efforts to maintain its buildings and to continue to provide students with a safe and healthy learning environment.
We anticipate receiving approval from the state education department for phase 1 of the project in April 2015, with construction running from Summer 2015 to Fall 2016, and reconstruction of the auditorium completed in late Spring 2016.
The district anticipates state approval for phase 2 of the project, which includes the turf installation, in August 2015. Overall construction will begin in Fall 2015 and end in Fall 2016, and the turf field should be ready for play by Fall 2016.
We are still in the early stages of the budget development. District administrators are presenting their proposed budgets to the Board of Education at board meetings until April 7, when the board is scheduled to adopt a proposed budget.
I encourage you to attend board meetings to view the budget presentations and to ask questions. After each budget presentation, after the board finishes its discussion, the floor is open to community members to ask questions. For a schedule of meetings, click here.
I would like to thank all of the community members and staff members who assisted the district with its budget development by serving on a budget advisory committee. This is the second year that we established committees in order to receive community feedback and ideas pertaining to the transportation, facilities, athletics, special education, and instructional budgets.
A popular question at this time of year is, “How many snow days does the district have left before we have to cut into our vacation days to make up time?" As I write this we have one day left. I am hopeful that the worst of the winter weather is over, and we will not have to use this day, or any others, for any weather-related reasons. We are more than ready for the sun and warm temperatures!
Kindergarten open registration for the 2014–2015 school year will take place at the elementary schools on March 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on March 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families currently on the district student database will receive an informational letter and registration packet in the mail by March 15.
It is very important that you register your child during these days in March. March registration helps the district in its staff and space planning for the next school year. If you register your child later in the year, particularly if it is close to the beginning of the new school year, you run the risk of having your child closed out of his or her home school. When a school’s kindergarten classrooms are full, we must place students in kindergarten classrooms that are not yet full in other district elementary schools.
If you have any questions about kindergarten registration, please visit Registration’s webpage or call the office at 635-4569.
Superintendent of Schools