We have been working diligently to maintain a budget that provides our students with the programs and opportunities necessary to receive a quality education. COVID-19 has certainly thrown a wrench into the planning as there were many times of uncertainty from Albany. During the present school year we have been cautious in our spending and being aware of what is needed to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.
We have six retirements: one teacher aide, two maintenance workers, one bus driver, one secondary Social Studies teacher, and our interim elementary principal.
The buses we are purchasing will be replacing one 7-year old and one 8-year old propane buses.
All academic programs and extracurriculars will remain intact for our students. It is our hope that we can return to some form of normalcy in September.
The Budget will continue to provide professional development for our teachers as we need to continue to address gaps from the spring 2020 remote learning period.
This school year has been unlike any other year. There have been many obstacles, but working together we have persevered and provided our students with in-person instruction on a daily basis. Many things looked and felt different, yet the main goal of educating our students was always the top priority.
Thank you to our community for your ongoing support. Our community values education and it shows by working together with the school to maintain consistency and a sound education. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me at 607-264-9332, ext. 501 or [email protected].
Our students, faculty and staff are in-person since Monday, September 14th. Our first three days of school were remote learning due to the recommendation from the Otsego County Department of Health. Everyone has been wonderful in following the new protocols that have been put in place due to COVID-19. Thank you to everyone who made that possible; our administrative team, secretaries, maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, transportation staff, teachers, LTAs, aides and our parents & community. It was a total team effort.
We have a place on the website that houses all our COVID-19 information. It is located on the right side of the homepage under Home of the Patriots. Plans are updated and communication letters are also posted there.
Creating the budget has been challenging this year due to COVID 19. The financial ramifications of the pandemic could result in additional state aid cuts. At the time of writing this Governor Cuomo has not released any state aid cuts. He announced last month that there would be 4 review periods; April 30th, June 30th, December 31st and March 31st. During this time, depending on the economy he could make additional state aid cuts. Governor Cuomo has also stated that he is waiting for support from the Federal government. This would tentatively be announced at the end of May.
We have four retirements; one keyboard specialist, one teacher aide, one Licensed Teacher Aide (LTA), one secondary English teacher.
The buses we are purchasing will be replacing buses whose leases will expire at the end of this school year.
The resolution pertaining to decreasing the number of board members refers to reducing from a seven person board to a five person board. Notice that this would not go into effect until the 2021-22 school year, not this upcoming school year.
Our overall goal in creating the budget is to provide programs and opportunities for our students. We are approaching the 2020-21 school year with the mindset that we will need to be cautious of our spending to make sure that our students continue to receive a quality education.
You may not always hear it but I want to say thank you for being a part of our CVS family, and for your continued support of our students and school. It is times like this that living in a small community far outweighs living in an urban setting. We take care of each other and provide support when needed. Again, thank you.
If you have any questions please call or email Mrs. Climenhaga at 607-264-9332, ext. 501 or [email protected].