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Letter from The LaFayette Board of Education: : The LaFayette Central School District recognizes the concerns of the Onondaga Nation and remains committed to ongoing cooperation, collaboration and respectful dialogue in its operation of the Onondaga Nation School.  The Onondaga Nation's active participation in the Onondaga Nation School is a testament to its commitment to the future of its community and our students.   The Board of Education welcomes input from all community members, including the Onondaga Nation, in budgetary, hiring and curricula-related matters.  We encourage civic engagement in these important dialogues for our students and community.  Active communication between the Board of Education and members of the public, including the Onondaga Nation, is vital to ensuring the representation of numerous ... more >>
Important Notice: : Because we anticipate more people than usual in attendance at tonight's Board of Education meeting, the meeting is being relocated to the Jr./Sr. High School auditorium.  The reception for Mr. Warren Smith will begin at 5:30p and the Board of Education meeting will begin at 6p. more >>
You Are Invited: : The LaFayette Board of Education is pleased to announce its appointment of Mr. Warren Smith as the next principal of the Onondaga Nation School effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Smith is an Assistant Principal in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.  He is certified as a School Building Leader, School District Leader and teacher of 7-12 Mathematics.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Geography (Environmental Science) at West Point, his Certificate of Advance Studies in School Leadership at Syracuse University, and is completing his second Master's degree.   Mr. Smith was one of approximately twenty applicants in a search led by Dr. Lucy Martin.  He and six other candidates were interviewed by the search committee consisting of nearly twenty people.  One ... more >>
Message from Superintendent Lavine: : On behalf of the LaFayette Central School District community, I thank everyone for the May 16th successful vote approving a budget of $18,735,315.  With 196 "yes" votes and 34 "no" votes, our passing rate of approximately 85% is the highest we have had in close to twenty years and among the highest in the Central New York area.  This is the result of sound fiscal planning and of collaboration among the Board of Education, administration and staff including our Community Budget Committee. It is this type of cooperation that positions our students well for life after high school and future success.      Congratulations go to new/re-elected Board of Education members Jody Gates, Janine LeBlanc, Ronald Shawn Reyburn and Tom Scofield.  Dedication ... more >>
LaFayette voters approve $18.7 million budget, elect board members: : On May 17, LaFayette Central School District voters approved the district’s $18.7 million 2017-18 budget proposal, elected four board of education members and approved two propositions. Voters approved: An $18,735,315 budget for the 2017-18 school year that increases spending 3.16 percent and carries a 1.97 percent tax levy increase: 196 yes, 34 no; Purchasing one new 42-passenger handicap-accessible school bus and one new 66-passenger school bus at a total cost not to exceed $247,000: 201 yes, 29 no; Renovations and improvements to LaFayette Junior/Senior High School, Grimshaw Elementary School and the District Office/Bus Garage including site improvements, original furnishings, fixtures and equipment, architectural fees at a total estimated cost not ... more >>
LaFayette students warned about drunk driving dangers: : As many local high school students prepare for prom night, students in the LaFayette school district are getting a firsthand look at the dangers of drunk driving. The national “Save A Life Tour” brought their impaired driving simulator to the high school on Friday. It shows them the potential consequences of drinking and driving. “We're really just getting the students thinking what if tomorrow night prom night was their last night out and around because of the decision everybody makes a lot of people drink at prom,” said Save A Life Tour Road Manager Devon Watson. “I hope it will show them that it’s not cool it’s scary and it happens really fast and I'm glad that we did this because instead of somebody dying we know right now,” ... more >>
LaFayette residents to vote on budget proposal May 16: : On May 16, LaFayette Central School District residents will head to the polls and vote on a school district budget that supports and expands instructional programs, introduces new technology initiatives, and enhances safety and security measures. The LaFayette CSD Board of Education on April 13 adopted a proposed $18.7 million budget that increases spending $573,169, or 3.16 percent, compared to the 2016-17 school year. The proposal carries a tax levy of 1.97 percent, or $112,856. Thanks to continuing sound fiscal planning, this is approximately 3% below the allowed cap. The proposal maintains existing academic programs in each of the district’s four buildings and supports elective and online courses for LaFayette Junior/Senior High School students. It also calls ... more >>
May 2017 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The May Green Sheet has arrived! Please click Here to read all the exciting things we have going on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
Big Picture School student hosting free soccer clinic: : As part of his Big Picture School coursework, LaFayette Central School District student Joshua Jewitt is offering a free soccer clinic for the district’s second through sixth-grade students. The JJ Soccer Clinic will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Stafford Park, which is located behind the True Value hardware store in LaFayette.  The two-day clinic will focus on fundamental soccer skills and feature tips from SUNY Morrisville men’s soccer coach Kyle Graves. Registration is available online and 5:15-5:45 p.m. Friday, May 19. Participants can purchase a t-shirt (optional) for $12; the clinic is free.   Clinic Agenda Friday, May 19 (6-7:30 p.m.) 5:30 - 6 p.m.  - ... more >>
Dear Parents and Guardians: : Dear Parents and Guardians:   The safety, health, and social/emotional well-being of students are top priorities within LaFayette Central School District. For this reason, the district feels it is imperative to make parents and guardians aware of the controversial and trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.   The show, which is based on a fictional novel for young adults, tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who takes her own life.  In the series, the girl leaves behind audio recordings for thirteen people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. It is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts because it glamorizes the idea of suicide and could lead to an increase in copycat behavior and self-harm among vulnerable students. ... more >>
Important Message from Superintendent Lavine: : This morning, Monday, May 8, a Jr./Sr. High School student reported being approached and asked questions by a suspicious looking-male as our student approached our bus stop.  The student reported the event to school officials who then contacted the student's parents, the Onondaga County Sheriff's department and the New York State Police. Our School Security Officer found the individual down the road and collaborated with the State Police in getting the individual picked up removed from the area.  We don't anticipate the person returning to our school community.  If there is a recurring concern, I will be back in touch with you.  Thank you.  more >>
35 Week Progress Reports: : The 35 week period will end on Friday, May 12, 2017 and will be mailed home on Friday, May 18, 2017.  more >>
Facilities project meeting scheduled for May 4: : LaFayette Central School District community members are invited to learn more about the district’s proposed facilities project 5:30 p.m. May 4 at Big Picture School . The $5,432,950 project focuses on capital improvements and safety and security upgrades at LaFayette Junior/Senior High School, Grimshaw Elementary School and the District Office/Bus Garage/Maintenance building. The district plans to pay for the project through a combination of State Aid funding and expiring debt. It will have no new impact on taxpayers. District residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposal during the May 16 school budget vote. More information about the proposal is available here and more information about the 2017-18 school budget is available here. ... more >>
Parade of Baskets: : more >>
Sophia Powless Signs Letter of Intent: :   On Wednesday April 12th Sophia Powless signed her letter of intent to play Volleyball at Adelphi! Congratulations Sophia! more >>
April 2017 Green Sheet Newsletter: : The April Green Sheet has arrived! Please click Here to read all the exciting things we have going on in the District, or click on the "Green Sheet" logo on the District home page.  more >>
2017 Rock Fest Slideshow: : Click here for the Rock Fest Slideshow more >>
LaFayette’s rock festival fundraiser set for March 31: : A festival that showcases students’ talents and raises money for an annual scholarship is returning to LaFayette Central School District this year. Founded in 2005, the LaFayette Rock Festival is set to take the LaFayette Junior/Senior High School stage 6 p.m. Friday, March 31. The event will feature performances by local musicians as well as other activities, including a “celebrity red carpet,” refreshments, raffles, concert shirt sales, and more. This year’s festival lineup features a mix of talented “garage bands” from various school districts, including LaFayette, Liverpool, and Marcellus. This year’s theme is “The Year of the Drummer.” The event, which is open to public, is designed to honor the memory of Matt ... more >>
LaFayette CSD residents to vote on $5.4M capital project: : In May, LaFayette Central School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on a capital project that addresses improvements and safety and security upgrades at three of the district’s facilities. The proposed project focuses on LaFayette Junior/Senior High School, Grimshaw Elementary School, and the district office/bus garage/maintenance building. Its scope is based on an extensive evaluation recently performed by the district’s architects and engineers. New York state requires all public school districts to complete the evaluation, called a building condition survey (BCS), every five years. The district plans to pay for the $5,432,950 project through a combination of State Aid funding and expiring debt. It will have no new impact on taxpayers. ... more >>
Important Notice from Superintendent Lavine: : Due to the high number of snow days that we have had, the district has decided to cancel what would have been the Superintendent's Conference Day tomorrow and instead to bring students in for a full day of instruction. Tomorrow, Friday, March 17, will be a full day of instruction for students. This includes Pre-K students.  more >>

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LaFayette Central School District
Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent

5955 Route 20 West
LaFayette, NY 13084
Phone: 315-677-9728
315-677-3372 FAX

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