Mount Markham Central School District

Challenging and Inspiring Children to be Life-Long Learners

District Announcements

  • Building Emergencies 

    Recently, the Mount Markham Central School District was notified of a threat to one of our local medical facilities.  Along with this notification came a recommendation for our school facility to initiate an extra vigilant monitoring of anyone entering our buildings.  Even though the threat was not specific to our PK-12 campus, we complied with this recommendation and went to a “Shelter in Place” status.  This means we continued all educational activities as usual with a heightened monitoring of all external entrances to our buildings.

    The reason we declare a particular level of response is almost always due to communication from local and/or regional law enforcement.  This communication is usually brief and deals with a threat or crisis that may have an impact on our school buildings, students and staff.  Therefore, we once again want to provide a brief overview of the responses we take depending on the information provided.
    Levels of Response

    District administration will distinguish the appropriate level of response to take and notify building administrators.

    Shelter In Place
      There is heightened monitoring of all external entrances.

    Lockdown In Place 
    With students present:  Lock all doors and windows.  Be alert for students returning to your area.  Scan all rooms for suspicious objects.  Avoid unnecessary communication.  Wait for further instructions and continue to teach.
    No students in area:  Follow your assigned emergency responsibilities.  Be alert for/avoid/report suspicious objects or activity.  Avoid unnecessary communication.

    Lockdown Take Cover   ALL students and staff immediately go to lockdown – DO NOT MOVE.  Take position away from windows and doors

    Evacuation 
    With students present:
    Evacuate students if instructed to do so.  Be alert for/avoid/report suspicious objects.  Take attendance.  Wait for further instructions.
    Without students:  Follow your assigned emergency responsibilities.  Be alert for/avoid/report suspicious objects. 


    In this time of technological advancement, with almost everyone having an instant communication device, it takes seconds for one of our emergency responses to hit the social media airways.  Once that happens, we are inundated with hundreds of phone calls within our three buildings.  Because the information being shared via social media may be inaccurate, we ask for your patience in our responses over the telephone.  If you have questions regarding this information on Building Emergencies, please call the district office.

     
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  • Extreme Cold Precautions
    Mount Markham CSD encourages parents to make certain their children take appropriate precautions when severe cold settles into this area.  All students, young and old, should dress for the weather - long pants, winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens, etc. Students should limit their time outdoors waiting at a bus stop or walking to school.  According to the State Education Department memo, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes at -25 degrees F.
     
    We use a simple rule when deciding what to do about cold weather - if the wind chill is -25 degrees F or lower, school is closed or delayed.  Our region is subject to periods of cold weather and properly dressed students should be able to safely travel between school and home, even at -25 degrees F. Parents should exercise their own judgement when deciding whether to send their children to school on these days. 
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  • Mount Markham Appoints Year-Long Interim Superintendent

    Please click here for the official press release.
     
    The board is looking to direct a superintendent search that will serve and reflect the best qualities of our Mount Markham community. Although the board will move expeditiously we want only the qualities of the candidates, and not time, limiting our efforts to secure a highly qualified candidate. Therefor we are enlisting assistance of first rate interim support for at least a year.   
    Bob Service and Dick Young, will serve individually as that interim support for the next year at a $600 per diem. Both have proven themselves in their profession. Both live in the district and each has served Mount Markham as Superintendent in the past. For the 20 working days in January we will have both on board with Mr. Young working alongside Mr. Service through a BOCES contract at $400 per day. The budget process begins to pick up with the new year and much of Mr. Young's focus during this period will likely be directed here.  From February 9th to April 30th Mr. Young will assume the Superintendent mantle at $600 per day. When Mr. Service returns to the district after honoring a three month commitment made prior to his appointment, Mr. Young will have completed his service to us.
     
    While the pay may seem at an enviable rate, I have heard few suggest that they would want the hours or responsibility. For budget purposes, considering insurance and retirement costs (which an interim does not require) the cost of an interim will be less than the amount budgeted for the superintendent in 2014-2015. In view of the timing (at midyear) it seemed a good investment to have both here for the first month. Despite previous experience in the district, both know how important being present and accessible is to leading an effective organization. We felt that both needed to be here from the beginning. Their working together during this first month of transition will go a long way to shape the path for success by familiarizing themselves with the staff and circumstances as they develop appropriate and coordinated strategies. 
     
    We welcome Bob Service and Dick Young back to Mount Markham. Be sure to say hi when you see them! 
     
    - MMCSD Board of Education
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