2016-2017 School Budget
We are grateful for the dedicated effort of our board of education to develop the 2016-2017 school budget. While remaining below the tax levy limit, the board has developed a budget that maintains school programs while adding support for students with the greatest needs. The budget also supports the arts and provides our students with additional wellness opportunities. Learn more about the school budget by attending the public hearing on Tuesday, May 10 at 7PM in the high school auditorium. The public hearing will also discuss the school district's Smart School Investment Plan. The public is encouraged to vote on the budget on Tuesday, May 17 from 1-8PM in the elementary school cafeteria.
May News + Notes
The May edition of 'News and Notes' has been posted, and can be viewed by cliking here or visting the 'Document Archives' section of the Superintedent's Corner. We'll link to, and post any documents that we share, so that you can download for your own reference, or view the documents right within your internet browser.
Dr. Paul Berry
Smart Schools Investment Plan Review and Feedback
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed by New York State voters in 2014. The vote allocated $2 Billion dollars to New York State schools and just over $1.4 million to Mount Markham. These funds can be used to increase school connectivity, purchase instructional technology, increase community connectivity and improve campus high-tech security. During the last several months, our network coordinator, John-Henry Lane, has worked with stakeholder groups to develop a Smart School Investment Plan (SSIP). The plan is available for your review and comment. There will be a public hearing on the SSIP held on May 10 at 7PM in the high school auditorium. We appreciate your support and involvement in the process.
Smart Schools Resource Page (click to view)
Contains all meeting handouts and an embedded form for your feedback.
Smart Schools Feedback Form (click to view)
Direct link to the feedback form.
Superintendent's Corner Highlight
Entry Plan and Survey Results
Prior to my arrival on campus in November, meetings with the community and with the school board, prompted me to develop an entry plan and community survey. Over the last several months, I updated the board regarding the entry plan progress and on March 8, I shared data from the community survey as well as my final entry plan report. That document is linked here, and can also be viewed in the 'Superintedent's Corner' section of our website, located under the 'District' channel.
- Dr. Paul Berry
Duffy Books 5K Race, 5/21/16
Mark your calendars! On May 21st, Mount Markham will be hosting the second annual Duffy 5k Race. The 5K race helps our local committee raise monies that are then matched by Duffy Books, allowing thousands of dollars worth of books to be purchased, and then given to our elementary students.
Click here for the registration document. Hope to see you there!
School Calendar Notice
Each year, the school district builds emergency days into its calendar so that in the event of a school closure, the district can still meet the state mandated school attendance requirement of 180 days. The school budget is developed to implement a 180 day school calendar. This year, due to the mild winter we are experiencing, only one of five such days has been used.
In response, the board of education has identified four dates that school will not be in session if no further emergency dates are used:
Of course, we all know that March or even early April can bring its share of winter weather. Should emergency days be used in the next several weeks, one or more of these dates will return to regular school attendance days.
As always, we thank the Mount Markham school community for it involvement and support of our students and our school district. Should you have any questions regarding this or any issue relating to the school district, please do not hesitate to contact me in the district office; email@example.com, 315-822-2824.
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