Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Although there has been news about poor water quality in schools in the media lately, most notably in Flint, Michigan, we will test for the following reasons: we believe that as we begin our elementary capital project, having this information will help us determine how we want to handle current water stations and sinks in the buildings, and we want to be proactive in identifying any potential areas of need while current construction is underway.
We will be testing specifically for lead and copper at all sinks, drinking fountains and entry points at each individual building. The samples will be drawn by our BOCES Safety and Health Specialist, and we will be using EPA protocols for the samplings. Further, we will also use a lab certified through the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) for New York State and Pennsylvania for sample analysis. As we receive results, we will share them with the community, the Department of Health and all parents. If we see results that exceed applicable environmental standards, these sources will be shut off immediately and remedial measures will be taken. This could include providing fresh water to staff and students for drinking and hand washing if necessary.
I want to stress that we are taking this action only because we feel strongly that we all need to know with certainty that the water available to children and staff in our school buildings is 100% safe. We expect to have results sometime in April and at that time you can expect a follow up communication relative to those results.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at 936-3704, ext. 1001. Any and all thoughts and questions are welcomed.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A link to C-PP District’s first Annual Report is included in this blog post. We are pleased to share the highlights of our 2014-2015 school year with everyone in our community!
One of the most significant events in 2014-2015 was the official opening of our consolidated middle and high schools. This long-awaited occurrence was the culmination of an extensive construction project on the campuses of the former East and West High Schools. While it represented a significant milestone in the District’s history as everyone transitioned from well-loved traditions at their former buildings to a new culture at C-PP Middle School and C-PP High School, our staff and students came together with an “All In” spirit that set the tone for the year. The facilities at both schools are beautiful and functional, and will serve the children of our community well for many years to come.
Today, we are charged with preparing students for success in a world that is vastly different than the one previous generations faced upon high school graduation. More than ever before, students need to leave our schools with a clear plan for their futures. The administrators, teachers and staff at C-PP are dedicated to helping every student achieve his or her potential and to ensuring that they are ready for college, career, the military or whatever goals they choose to pursue. Toward that end, we continuously seek to improve our curriculum and programs to ensure that all students at every level are engaged in learning and performing to the best of their abilities. We mean it when we say that “students are the center of all we do.” In 2014-2015 we developed a comprehensive Master Plan that will guide the District to 2020. Implemented in the current school year, this plan lays the foundation upon which we can continue to build and sustain an educational environment of which everyone can be proud.
With nearly 5,000 students to educate and an array of school facilities to maintain, we have an enormous responsibility to our kids, their families and our larger community. We know that school quality is essential to the health and prosperity of our region. All of us who work in the C-PP District are committed to delivering our best for our students every day. We greatly appreciate the efforts of those who partner with us to make that happen. C-PP is a fantastic place to be, where students, parents, teachers, staff and community partners work together on behalf of our kids. Thank you for your ongoing interest and support. I invite you to read the full Annual Report to see what we accomplished together last year.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
We are a year and a half past the opening of the new high school and middle school and seeing the video below, which was produced by the New York State School Boards Association, took me back to the time prior to the vote. People in C-PP have been very lucky. There is no doubt that there are many adults who felt a great loss with the combination of the high school and middle school. But the buildings were built for another time and both high schools were seeing all-time lows in terms of enrollment. To maintain and INCREASE program options and keep our best people, there was no choice but to consolidate. See, the reality is that it is the people in the building who make the memories and to reach their full potential as teachers they need a facility which supports the education of today. Take a look at the video below:
We went truly into the darkness prior to the opening of the new schools, but the brightest stars – our teachers who are on the front lines with kids - certainly are shining today. As Superintendent, it has been an honor to just watch them create and meet the needs of kids in this ever changing world.
NEXT STEP: Provide a talented elementary staff facilities that support the student needs of today.
I am an incredibly lucky Superintendent. I have great teachers and I know it!