A Message from Superintendent, Stephen Penhollow
Our District has made considerations over the past several years to provide for the educational and financial stability of our community. The Board anticipates a 0% Tax Levy increase for the 2019-2020 school year which is very positive given the continued uncertainty of resources we receive from the state. We have had to work very hard to maintain staffing and programs without creating harmful cuts to student educational opportunities while living under the imposed Tax Levy Cap.
The District approved reconstruction project for $22.95 million is rapidly moving forward with Phase I and Phase II projects in the summer of 2019:
- Continued roof replacement for “out of warranty” sections
- Constructing of an all-weather multi-purpose athletic field and 8 lane track
- New lighting and sound system
- Relocation of bleachers and press box to align with the center of the field
- New scoreboard
- Completion of our newly renovated concession stand
- Driveway and parking repair and remodel
- Reconfigure parking and circulation for safer student drop-off and pick-up
- Widen current exit to Rt. 394 from 1 lane to 2 lanes
- Repair asphalt and sidewalks
- Relocation and upgrade of the Computer Lab
- Construction of a new secure entrance
- Upgrade of District Camera System and door entry systems
- Upgrade of Public Address System
- New phone system
- Upgrade of Fire Alarm System
- Improvement of technology infrastructure (servers, network wiring, communications, system integration)
- Construction of a new maintenance bay and bus lift
- Chimney repair and masonry work
- Asphalt repairs to Student Lot
- During the months of April and May we will be replacing the carpeting and painting the Media Center at the MS/HS building.
New York State Aid generated by the project, along with repair reserve money approved during last year’s budget process, and available balances acquired through prior years’ fiscal balances, will enable the project to be completed without impacting taxes.
Another matter of great importance that you should be updated on is the intended annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, Dow Street Substation by the City of Jamestown (“City”) and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) case is now in the Fourth Department courts. The Falconer Central School District, Town of Ellicott and Village of Falconer will be significantly impacted if this “takeover” is permitted to occur. The District would lose over $153,000 annually, with the combined total for the three municipalities over $325,000 annually. Falconer Central School, the Town of Ellicott and Village of Falconer are coordinating efforts, in opposition to this annexation attempt by the “BPU” and the “City.”
We continue to share services with our neighboring Districts and municipalities that will generate cost savings for all involved. Our area School District’s consortium continues to provide our District with important savings through special education, sharing of transportation and distance learning programs. Falconer Central School will continue to investigate all areas of cost savings for our District taxpayers, while still providing the highest quality of education for our students during an era of increased efficiencies. “We truly believe that our two most important responsibilities are offering our students excellent educational opportunities while charting a financially sustainable long-term course for our schools.”
In addition to this newsletter, a copy of the budget is available for inspection in each of the Elementary and Middle/High School Offices as well as in the Business Office at 2 East Ave., Falconer, New York 14733. Please remember to attend our annual Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the High School Media Center and to vote on Tuesday, May 21, between 2 and 8 p.m. in the Middle/High School Gymnasium Foyer. If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 665-6624 ext. 4 or visit www.falconercsd.org.
Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 21.
Stephen M. Penhollow, Superintendent