Editor's Note: The Warwick Advertiser asked the top officials of the Greenwood Lake, Florida and Warwick Valley school districts to evaluate what students and taxpayers are waiting for in the new year. This is what they said:
Florida Superintendent of Schools
1. What do you expect during 2020 in terms of growth and / or development? Are there local projects on the horizon? Infrastructure improvements? New companies?
As described in the $ 7.9 million capital improvement project approved by the voters of the Florida UFSD on February 26, 2019, the district will begin related construction beginning in spring 2020.
The first phase will involve a safe entrance hall at each school, safety improvements and the reconstruction of the athletic fields in Golden Hill.
The second phase of the project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021.
We hope to address building repair needs, improve learning spaces to reflect innovation in instruction and make schools safer and safer.
2. What will be the most important and / or critical problem (or problem) that you and the residents of your community will face in the new year? What can you do about it?
• Like school districts across the country, a primary concern and responsibility is the physical and emotional safety of students and staff. In addition to security-oriented policies, plans and practices, we are taking a district-wide approach to improve social and emotional well-being.
• Recognizing that we serve and depend on our community, we will continue to strengthen communication with residents and school families through online and print publications. We constantly value and seek opportunities to be an active part of the community and we are making it an integral part of the strategic planning process.
• The district remains committed to providing all students with interesting teaching and learning experiences through innovative educational approaches.
Greenwood Lake School Superintendent
Greenwood Lake UFSD has recently submitted plans to SED to install safety lobbies at our main entrances and redesign the main office areas in both schools. Security lobbies will allow our security officers to evaluate visitors before granting them access to the building.
The redesign of the main office suites creates more functional and efficient main office areas that will allow building managers and their teams to have greater access between them. This work will be done during the summer of 2020.
To improve the physical safety of our school, we are working to obtain state funds, through the Smart Schools Bonus, to update our classroom doors from the elementary school from wood to steel. As part of this project, we will also install new classroom locks with card access control throughout the District. All classroom doors will be equipped with a card reader and security lock that will also add another security layer.
After deciding not to expand the size of our elementary school cafeteria due to water infiltration problems, our District is working to redesign the plans for the kitchen and dining areas. This project will increase the kitchen's ability to process fresh food, add a single-use bathroom at the cafeteria level and improve the function and aesthetics of the service line and dining area.
2. Later this winter and early spring, we will launch our "Vision 2020 by 2030" initiative. We will invite all stakeholders (teachers, staff, students, parents and community members) to help us shape the vision and plan for our District over the next ten years. The focus will be on keeping our curriculum solid and complete, while addressing population decline. In addition, we will be brainstorming about how we want our schools to be in ten years, so that we can plan future capital projects.
Dr. David Leach
Warwick Valley Superintendent of Schools
1. We will complete the Warwick Valley Portrait of a Graduate project this spring, which prioritizes the skills and attributes that all students need to thrive as learners, workers and citizens. The District will work with the Tri-State Consortium, a prestigious network of some of the highest performing public school districts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, to further strengthen and align the curriculum and instruction, as These steps are the essential catalysts. to improve in the district.
We are also reviewing our homework policy with teachers, students and parents to ensure homework is meaningful and practical.
Finally, the District has contacted members of the community with knowledge that has experience in the optimal maintenance of natural grass fields.
2. Emotions play a critical role in our learning, decision making and general well-being. The District will continue to collaborate with the Yale Emotional Intelligence Center to foster social and emotional learning for all students and adults in the school community.
Across the country, schools remain very concerned about student vaping, alcohol use by minors, illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse. While the District has a comprehensive prevention plan and is associated with Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition, we must all do more for our children.
The Board of Education will hold a public work session to discuss these challenges on January 27 at 7 p.m.