The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of New York, the Syracuse community and the Baldwinsville Central School District effectively made history this summer. The three organizations teamed up to host the first NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) in New York state. The successful inception of the program in 2014 lays the groundwork for the program to become an annual opportunity for blind children within traveling distance of Syracuse and also provides a framework of success so that the program might be offered in strategic locations in the future to serve blind children across the state.
Wednesday, Sept. 3 wasn’t just the first day of classes for the Baldwinsville Central School District — it was the beginning of full-day kindergarten classes, a new computer science program and incoming superintendent Dr. David Hamilton’s career at Baldwinsville.
New school superintendent keeps it real
School Superintendent Dr. David Hamilton’s office is an unassuming affair. A modest and tidy rectangular conference table is positioned at the center. A bookcase holding one laptop is pushed against a wall. A single row of ninth-grade student artwork lines the walls. There is no executive desk, no full-length windows, in fact, it’s not even a corner office.
Former Baldwinsville superintendent Jeanne Dangle, 59, died Aug. 29 after a long battle with cancer. Dangle, who served as superintendent for 11 years, announced in October that she would retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, a year before her contract expired. Her last day was July 1.
Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) recently honored Altmar-Parish Williamstown High School's Jarid Paninski for capturing first place in the New York State National Archery in the Schools Program competition.
In an effort to increase participation in the school lunch program at C.W. Baker High School, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has notified the State Education Department that the high school will no longer participate in the National School Lunch Program. This will only impact C.W. Baker High School.
Two Baldwinsville students have been selected to attend the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons program at Syracuse University this summer, and two students have been selected as alternates.
The following passage was given by Abbe Guillet, Baker high school French teacher, at this year’s Memorial Day observance on May 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, Riverview Cemetery.
A homework assignment became the catalyst for three Van Buren Elementary School fifth-graders to form an organization to honor members of the U.S. military.
Lauren Shaler, a fifth-grader at Reynolds Elementary School, has won first place in Division 2 of the Central New York portion of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) school bus safety poster contest.
The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.
The Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has selected and appointed Dr. David Hamilton as its new superintendent of schools. He is expected to begin his duties as superintendent on July 1. Dr. Hamilton is currently the superintendent of the Penn Yan Central School District which serves approximately 1,500 children. He has served as its superintendent for three years, and previously served eight years in the Churchville Chili Central School District in several administrative capacities including Director of Curriculum and Assessment Professional Development, Principal (7-9), and Director for Technology and Fine Arts.
The Baldwinsville Central School District marching band won first place at the annual Darien Lake marching band competition held on May 24.
Baldwinsville voters on May 20 approved the $96,887,219 school budget for the 2014-15 school year. The tax levy increase is 2.87 percent, or $1,448,458, which is an increase of approximately $67.13 for a $100,000 assessed property value.
Residents living within the Baldwinsville Central School District will be casting their ballots soon, not only on the budget, but also to fill four seats on the district’s board of education. Six candidates are vying for a seat, read their profiles below. The proposed budget is $96,887,219 with a tax levy increase of 2.87 percent, which is an increase of approximately $67.13 for a $100,000 assessed property value. The tax levy increase of 2.87 percent is the district’s tax levy cap for 2014-15. The budget vote and board member election will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 in the auditorium of Baker High School.