Coronavirus Update 5/8/20 – School celebrations, student belongings, budget vote and school board election…

Written by on May 8, 2020

Thank you for your patience as the Board of Education, administration, teachers and staff members work together to preserve our Commitment to Excellence. Admittedly, it is challenging because decisions at the state and federal level are being made and changing on a daily basis and it directly impacts what we do here at Shenendehowa. Consequently, it is difficult to communicate exact plans due to things changing so rapidly. Despite the many “unknowns,” we remain focused on doing what is in the best interest of our students and the Shenendehowa community. In the coming week, Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson will be sending out a comprehensive letter, addressing the more significant matters that are being reviewed and planned. In the meantime, here are some updates that should be of interest to you:

 

School Celebrations and Ceremonies

  • The high school and district administration are working on a plan to provide a significant graduation experience for the Class of 2020 in June. More information to follow as plans become finalized.
  • The high school will be holding virtual award ceremonies. More information to be provided by the high school administration.
  • The elementary and middle schools are planning various events and activities. Principals will communicate with students and families in the coming weeks.

 

Student Belongings for Desks and Lockers

Each school is determining dates for students to pick up personal belongings for desks and lockers as well as medication. These dates will be communicated by the respective building principal and will be added to the district calendar when available: https://www.shenet.org/about-us/events-calendar/

 

Budget Vote and Board of Education Elections

There are still many unknowns about the school budget due to uncertainties about state aid. Shenendehowa has a long and strong track record of being very cost effective, having one of the lowest per pupil costs statewide while consistently being one of the highest performing districts in the state. The focus of the proposed 2020-2021 budget will be on preserving quality programs for our students. More information will be issued in the coming weeks. Here is what we know:

  • The statewide budget vote has been set for June 9th.
  • The objective of the District is to provide qualified/eligible voters with a ballot. Ballots will be initially mailed out to anyone who voted the last two years. A portal is being created to allow anyone eligible to vote to share mailing information so they can be provided a postage paid absentee ballot. More information will be published next week.
  • New York State will provide information on state aid by May 14th
  • The Board of Education will adopt the budget on May19th based state aid information being provided.
  • The public hearing will be held on May 26th
  • Candidates running for the Board do not need to gather signatures. The requirement to get signed petitions to run for school board was waived by the Governor for this election. Those who chose to run for the school board must submit the application without the pages for signatures (https://docs.google.com/document/d/17Uj1oEf0ggl1LOfInykiaPC6gnoWZ53ClZjUzN08b1g/view) by May 12th.

The vote and board election will be held by absentee ballot only. The objective of the District is to provide qualified/eligible voters with a ballot. Ballots will be initially mailed out to anyone who voted the last two years. A portal is being created to allow anyone eligible to vote to share mailing information so they can be provided a postage paid absentee ballot. More information will be published next week.

Thank you again for your support and patience as we navigate these consistently changing times.