Written by NHP Superintendent Robert Katulak Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00
I hope all our community is enjoying their summer in a safe and restful manner. We have been very busy as a school district this summer working hard to be sure we have the proper programs in place to meet the needs of our incoming students this September.
Schools across the state are currently being challenged to provide a more rigorous curriculum and raise our standards higher since the NY State Education Department has raised the “cut score” or passing grade on the NY State ELA and Math Assessments for the tests completed during the 2009-2010 school year. Simply stated, this means that a student who was deemed proficient by the state last year with a scale score of 659 at Level 3, is not considered proficient this year with the same score because the proficient scale score has been raised. We will not make excuses for our students’ results, but we will raise our own performance bar and provide them with strategies to meet that proficiency level.
The board of education passed the resolution to go forward with the Capital Projects Plan which will be presented for voter approval on Oct. 12. The voter approval gives the district the authority to use the reserve, which has already been saved for, and not incur additional taxation on our homeowners. The details of the plan will be presented at the Aug. 12 board of education meeting and presented at subsequent board meetings, work sessions and PTA meetings. After the Aug. 12 meeting, we will also have the plan posted on our website.
Be sure to come to one of the meetings to hear the process and the timeline for this multi-year, multi-level Capital Projects Plan.