Letter from the Superintendent

Scott TaylorOur summer has been filled with “closing out” the 17-18 school year in each building and department as well as “preparing” for the 18-19 school year. One of our preparation items is hiring new personnel in the North Collins school district. We said goodbyes to our retirees Dennis Guadagno (Head Custodian), who retired this summer after 30+ years of service to the District as well as John Bruno (Microcomputer Technical Support Specialist), who will be retiring in September 2018 after more than 15 years of service. I would like to personally thank both of them for their outstanding contributions to the North Collins Central School District! We would like to welcome Matt Sanders to the North Collins CSD as our new Director of Facilities. Please feel free to introduce yourself to Matt when you are at the Elementary School or Jr.-Sr. High School.

In addition to personnel preparation, we continue to update our facilities and take advantage of NYSED Capital Outlay Projects (less than $100,000). We recently completed a Capital Outlay Project at the Jr.-Sr. High School, which included the upgrading of our water filtration system. We are now planning for the same project at the Elementary School this year. As mentioned in previous Perspective articles on the topic of Capital Projects, just like a home, school facilities need regular attention and upkeep to operate year after year as originally intended. The cost of maintaining our facilities with the daily wear and tear caused by hundreds of students, staff and visitors can rise above what the annual school budget can support. Formulation of a Capital Improvement Plan allows districts the funds to complete larger facility work not otherwise possible within the scope of the annual school budget. A proposed Capital Project will be paid for from the District’s Debt service and Capital Project reserve fund. There will be NO additional costs to taxpayers!

We continue to adhere to the state’s mandate to maintain our facilities to meet educational, health, safety and security measures, as well as adhere to energy efficiency guidelines to save taxpayer dollars. We take pride in the upkeep of our buildings and grounds and our district-owned facilities are one of our community’s greatest assets. Our past Capital Projects occurred in 2007 and 2001. These previous Capital Projects focused on maintaining our buildings and sites at an appropriate level to support educational programs. We have identified items to be included in the upcoming Capital Project that support the growing educational needs of our students and updating our infrastructure across the district. We met extensively as administrators and supervisors of each department to identify the priorities of the District. We discussed the list of items at building level meetings, committee meetings and Board of Education meetings. As we continue our analysis, we welcome feedback from the community in planning for the capital project. We have a COMMUNITY FORUM scheduled for August 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium to provide updates on the projects and allow input from the community. Our goal is to finalize our priorities and schedule a Capital Project Bond vote on December 11, 2018. Again, there will be NO tax impact to taxpayers for this project. Please check our website for more information over the next few months.

While my schedule will continue to be filled with items in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, it is my plan to make time to honor your questions, concerns and/or say a quick hello. On behalf of the Board of Education, the faculty and staff, the administrative team, and most importantly, the students, thank you for your continued support.

Thanks, and I hope to see you along the way!

Scott Taylor
NCCSD Superintendent

 


 

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The North Collins Central School District is a safe and supportive learning environment that strives to maximize educational opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and community members.  We nurture responsibility, creativity, energy, and open-mindedness to empower successful contributors to a global society.




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