To: LaFayette Central School District Community
From: Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent of Schools
Date: September 19, 2017
RE: From the Desk of the Superintendent - week ending September 15, 2017
Dear LaFayette School Community:
Here are some important updates for the week ending September 15, 2017:
Listening Sessions with the New Superintendent
As your new superintendent, I am hoping to get the chance to meet as many of our community members as possible. I will be holding listening sessions to provide an opportunity for you to get to know a little bit about me, our district goals, and provide a chance for the community to ask questions or share ideas with me. Please feel free to join me for an upcoming listening session:
Grimshaw - Wednesday September 20th 5:30 PM - Cafeteria
Jr./Sr. High and Big Picture- Thursday September 21st 5:30 PM - Library
Onondaga Nation School- Wednesday October 11th 5:00 PM - Library
Athletic Hall of Fame
The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has been hard at work planning the induction ceremony which will be held on October 29, 2017 starting at 2:00 PM at the Hampton Inn in Cazenovia. You can view a list of the inductees and print the RSVP form by viewing the Summer 2017 Green Sheet.
Thank You Bus Drivers!
I want to say a heartfelt thank you to our transportation staff members for a smooth start to the school year. Ron Cooper, Transportation Supervisor, our mechanics, drivers, and bus aides have done a fantastic job adjusting routes, daycare locations, and showing an overall team effort to make sure that students make it to and from school safely.
Yesterday was a prime example of the transportation team pulling together. We had a bus breakdown during dismissal at the intersection of routes 11 and 20. Students were quickly loaded onto another bus and dismissal resumed with only minor delays. Last week, I had the chance to ride along with John, bus driver for bus 159. I visited with students from Grimshaw, Big Picture, and the Jr./Sr. High. Students were eager to tell me about school, point out their pets waiting for them at home, and tell me about their hopes and dreams for this school year. Thank you to John and our students for an enjoyable bus ride!
Grimshaw Library Visit
I had the chance to visit second grade students at the Grimshaw library:
Ms. Saba’s and Ms. Amidon’s students made slime for their first science experiment of the year:
September 14, 2017 Board of Education Meeting - Onondaga Nation School
The Onondaga Nation Education Board invited the LaFayette Central School District Board of Education to hold the September 14, 2017 meeting at the Onondaga Nation School. Clan mother Wendy Gonyea and Dean of Students Simone Thornton provided the LaFayette CSD Board with a tour highlighting the historical and cultural elements of the Onondaga Nation School. The Onondaga Nation Education Board also provided refreshments for attendees. Thank you to the Onondaga Nation Education Board for the reception, tour, and for hosting the board meeting. During the board meeting, I also highlighted the need for continued improvements to the Onondaga Nation School facility, which leads me to my next story:
Facility Needs at the Onondaga Nation School
Please help us in gaining support for facility improvements at the Onondaga Nation School. The ONS facility is a state-owned building and any improvements to the building are paid for directly by the state. Representatives from the district recently met with the New York State Education Department and discussed available monies for improving different areas of the school. Jim Kesler, Director of Facilities, and Tiffany Turner, Assistant Superintendent, will be working with NYSED to perform improvements to the main entrance, windows, security system, fire alarm system, roof, outside lighting, exterior doors, and window replacements. We will be working with contractors to obtain pricing and schedule work for school breaks. Additionally, I met with Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter to review the request for a $23 Million Dollar Capital Project to expand the ONS facility and provide other necessary improvements. Please consider reaching out to our elected officials and encourage them to allocate monies to improve the Onondaga Nation School.
I have created a form letter that you can print or copy and paste in an email to the elected officials listed above - click here.
Survey for the LaFayette School Community
As your new Superintendent of Schools, I am looking to hear from you about what makes LaFayette great. I appreciate any insights that you would like to share with me about what you are proud of in our school district and what areas you would like to see improved. I am looking forward to forming a positive relationship with our students, staff, and families. I appreciate any insights that you would like to provide. Please take a few moments to complete this survey - click here.
Superintendent of Schools
LaFayette Central School District