We have had a very successful start to the 2019-20 school year. I would like to recognize the time and commitment of our staff members in preparation for a new school year. With the help of staff and administrators who participated in numerous interview committees throughout the summer, the Human Resource office hired over 75 new staff members for this school year!
We celebrated the grand opening of the new playground at Fairbanks Road Elementary in late September with nearly 500 participants in their Color Run! Capital project work on the pool and athletic entrances continues. We anticipate the pool being ready for student use in the spring 2020 and open to the rest of the community next fall. The Churchville Elementary library was renovated with a new ceiling and updated lighting. Work is ongoing at the Transportation Facility to install new bus lifts and upgrade the fuel island.
Our school budget for the 2019-20 school year includes funding for additional safety and security measures. Through the use of a survey tool, the Ad Hoc Safety and Security committee gathered input from our students, staff, parents and community on current safety practices and areas for consideration for enhancement. That data was presented to the Board of Education on September 24. Along with the information collected, and current heightened concerns over school safety, drug and alcohol use and emotional needs of our students, the board members have prioritized next steps which will include collaborating with Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to create a contract for a school resource officer. Also, an additional social worker will be hired to assist our students and families. The board is dedicated to continue monitoring safety and security measures, including transportation safety features, which may be included in the upcoming 2020-21 budget.
As I have shared in the past, our administrative team spends time each summer reviewing data specific to student learning experiences and achievement, which helps to determine our progress toward district goals. One of our core goals is to graduate all of our students from Churchville-Chili. For the 2018-19 school year, 95% of our students (in district) graduated and 91% of our students earned a Regents Diploma. Of that group, 64% received a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. The continued success is a direct result of a commitment to each student by our teachers, staff, administrators, and families. Thank you!
Superintendent of Schools