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From the Superintendent's Desk

  • Dear School Community Members, 

    On May 18th, eligible voters will have the option of voting on three propositions:

    Proposition #1: The school board is presenting an expenditure budget of $28,400,987 which represents a 3.97% increase in spending compared to 2020-2021. The budget proposes a 2.1% increase in the tax levy. The proposed budget includes additional support for our students in the area of mental health, the addition of a full time music teacher and the addition of a special education program at our middle school.

    As part of our 2021-2022 budget, the District is planning a small Capital Outlay project of $100,000 as permitted by New York State. The approval process is simplified and funding is included in the proposed general fund budget. The current proposal is to improve the HVAC and parking lot lighting at the elementary school.

    Proposition #2: The District seeks voter approval to use an estimated $50,000 from the District’s Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment Reserve Fund for the purchase of a new plow truck for the District. The current truck has reached the end of its useful life.

    Proposition #3: The District seeks voter approval to create a Capital Reserve Fund of $6,000,000. The Capital Reserve Fund will be funded over time as part of a ten-year plan to improve our school buildings and grounds. By establishing the fund, the District will make wise use of any fund balance and the opportunity to leverage State funds to improve our schools. Currently, the reimbursement rate to the District is nearly 89%. The creation of the reserve will allow for future projects to have a minimal impact on the taxpayers. Like creating a savings account for home improvements, the District believes that this is a wise decision. Please note that any proposed capital projects that would use this reserve fund will need voter approval.

    More information regarding the budget can be found here.

    As always, please continue the use of masks, physical distancing and handwashing.  Together, we can keep our schools open to provide the instruction and services needed by our children.  


    Dr. Hank Stopinski

    Superintendent of Schools


    Living the RAMS Way, every day!


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  • Dear School Community Members,

    Each day that school is in session, a report is filed to the New York State Department of Health regarding the District’s status in relationship to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Data reported includes students, teachers and staff enrolled in the school district on-site and off-site. This information is either shared by the parent/guardian of the student, notified by teachers, and staff, or communicated by the local health department as part of the contact tracing effort.  The New York State dashboard can be found here and is updated on a daily basis.

    If you have any questions regarding recent guidance on the COVID-19 virus or pandemic, please consider a visit to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or New York State Department of Health websites.

    The following is a daily report summary for all three buildings including the Roy-Hart Learning Center at the Elementary School campus:

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