As I write this article, it is very cold outside and the start of school has been delayed by two hours. The closing of school is a very difficult decision and one that starts very early in the morning. As I make my decision to close school, your child’s safety and well being is my number one concern. As of today, January 29, 2014, we have one snow day left. In the event that I need to change the school calendar, I will notify you immediately.
The Board of Education, Business Administrator Mrs. Schettine and I are in the process of preparing our budget for the 2014-15 school year. Recently we received the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal that projects an increase in school spending. However, this proposal is misleading because the increase is only a partial restoration to a multiyear reduction in aid the district has experienced. (Pine Valley has lost a cumulative total of $2,939,152 through the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and this year’s proposal restores $168,005.) I encourage you to attend our regular board of education meetings and the Annual Budget Hearing on May 8, 2014 to ask questions or be informed about our 2014-15 school budget.
Phase Two of our building project went out to bid prior to Christmas, and the Board of Education approved all of the bids at their January 16th meeting. The scope of work being completed at the Junior/Senior High School during Phase Two includes reconstructing all parking lots and drives including new drainage, replace all roofs except the junior high wing, repoint all of the brick and clean masonry, move current power lines to underground, replace exterior panels and windows, replace the pool pak, replace classroom ventilators, replace lighting in both gyms, updating the lights and sound system in the auditorium and adding new site lighting to the campus. In addition to the work performed at the high school, the bus garage will have a new cement floor and a new lift. (The current floor is cracking and the lift is leaking hydraulic fluid.) Construction should start shortly, and we are very hopeful that the majority of the work will be completed during the summer.
As we end the first semester, we extend congratulations to:
* Division 3 Fall Sports All Stars:
Girls Soccer (CCAA Central)
First Team: Rebecca Butcher, Monica Kenney, Jessica Wilcox
Second Team: Kara Herman, Hannah Linenfelser
Honorable Mention: Hannah Moloney, Jamie Wilcox
Boys Soccer (CCAA Central)
First Team: Alex Kelly
Second Team: Jaren Johnston
Honorable Mention: Russell Hayes, Eric Shearer
Second Team: Kayla Mansfield
First Team: Talon Snyder
Second Team: Mike Isula, Thomas Raiport, Jake Wilcox
Honorable Mention: Dylan Granger, Bryce Jay, Dan Weaver
* The Pine Valley volleyball team (92.254), boys’ soccer team (91.065) and girls’ soccer team (90.451) on being recognized as Section VI Scholar/Athlete Teams for the fall 2013 season. (Varsity teams who earn a 90.0% or higher average during their sport season qualify for the NYSPHSAA award.)
There are many activities scheduled in March that I encourage you to attend (more information on many of them can be found inside this newsletter):
March 21-22 High School Musical: “The Music Man”
March 27 Elementary Creativity Night
March 28 Buffalo Sabres Alumni vs Pine Valley Teachers Hockey Game
March 30 1st Annual “Shoot Out Cancer” – “Buckets for Brett”
Spring will be here before we know it. Go Panthers!