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Arkport-Canaseraga Athletic Merger Survey
During the school board meeting on February 16, 2017, the respective Superintendents for the Canaseraga and Arkport schools formally introduced the idea of combining our athletic programs. Over numerous years, we have been able to bring athletes together to provide opportunities and to “save” teams from not being offered.
The Superintendents and Athletic Directors will be working together over the coming weeks to develop a formal plan to combine our programs. A plan will be presented to each school board on March 22 (Arkport) and March 23 (Canaseraga).
Districts ask communities to take online survey about possible Arkport-Canaseraga reorganization
As most residents are already aware, the possibility of combining Arkport with another area school district has been the subject of past discussion, debate and public votes in the community. In an economic climate marked by increasing education costs, decreasing state aid and a property tax levy cap that limits how much local revenue can be raised—not to mention declining student enrollment—the subject is a natural and inevitable one.
After voters cast their ballots in last year’s budget vote in May 2016, both Arkport and Canaseraga districts asked their residents in surveys if they would support a study of the pros and cons of consolidating the two districts. Both communities expressed overwhelming support: 77 percent in Arkport and 82 percent in Canaseraga. Buoyed by that response, Canaseraga Superintendent Chad Groff and Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper began discussions this year about starting that process.
Both districts have created and posted links to an online survey in an effort to gather questions and feedback from members of both communities ahead of a joint public information/question-answer session scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 9 in the Canaseraga small gymnasium. Click here to go to the survey.
There is much to consider before undertaking such a reorganization: Will it save taxpayers money? Will it expand academic and extracurricular opportunities? What does each district stand to gain or lose? Will it bring in additional state aid? (Yes, it’s called “reorganization incentive” aid.) What are the many steps involved?
To answer these and other questions, Superintendent Harper urges residents to take the short, four-question survey and then attend the information session.
What happens when weather delays or closes school?
Dec. 9, 2016 -- With flurries flying, now’s a good time to review how Arkport Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays.
One-hour delay: School will begin at 8:55 a.m. for students.
Two-hour delay: School will begin at 10 a.m. for students.
Cancellation of after-school activities:
Cancellation of school:
Ways to get information: School Messenger will be the district’s primary method of communication. In addition, the information will be posted on the district website and Facebook page and disseminated to:
Arkport voters approve $8.2 million capital improvement project
On Thursday, Dec. 8, Arkport Central School District residents voted to authorize the district to proceed with a capital improvement project to address critical facilities and equipment needs.
Arkport residents approved:
Voters also elected Mark Young to the Board of Education for the remainder of the five-year term left vacant when former BOE President Stephen Hoyt resigned this fall. Young, who received the largest number of votes (193), will serve until June 30, 2018.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to those who found time during this busy season to come out today and vote,” Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said. “This project is critical to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students – and one that fully prepares them for the 21st century world that awaits them beyond graduation.”
BOE President Stephen Hoyt steps down after two decades of service
After 20 years of dedicated service to the children of Arkport Central School District, Board of Education President Stephen C. Hoyt announced his retirement during the board’s Sept. 28 meeting.
In a Sept. 27 letter to fellow BOE members, Mr. Hoyt thanked them for their hard work, past and future, and said it had been his “pleasure to be a member of this board and a parent of two young men that attended this district.”
“I leave you with the one thing I always asked myself when trying to make tough decisions, ‘Is this what is the best thing for all our students?’ Thank You,” he said.
Board member Jennifer Swarts, who served with Mr. Hoyt for nine years, commended her colleague for a board tenure that outlasted most American marriages.
“You will be sorely missed at the table,” Swarts said, “but I hope that you enjoy some of the extra time gained with your family and by doing some of the things you take pleasure in that you have missed over the past years.”
Former board Vice President Patrick Flaitz will now serve as president.
District receives state award for its communications
Sept. 26, 2016 -- The New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) has recognized the Arkport Central School District for outstanding achievement in educational communications.
In NYSPRA's 37th annual Communications Awards competition, which drew more than 400 entries from around the state, Arkport received an Award of Merit in the budget publication category for its May 2016 budget newsletter . Fourteen districts or BOCES were recognized in this category.
Awards will be presented Oct. 28 at the 2016 NYSPRA Awards Luncheon in Buffalo, during the annual convention of the New York State School Boards Association. Each year, NYSPRA sponsors one of the nation's largest awards programs by recognizing outstanding achievement in educational communications. Of this year's 418 entrees, which were judged by communications professionals around the country, only about one-third received awards.
Back-to-school newsletter in the mail, online now
Aug. 23, 2016 -- The Fall 2016 district newsletter is off to the printer and should be landing in residents' mailboxes soon. Included in the newsletter are some notifications and policies for you to review, become familiar with and keep on hand throughout the school year. If you have questions about the notifications and policies outlined in the newsletter, please call the district office at (607) 295-7471.
The newsletter is also available online now to view, print or download.
See you back on campus Sept. 6!
2016-17 School Calendar
Arkport Board of Education appoints new superintendent
Aug. 15, 2016 -- The Arkport Central School District Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Jesse Harper as acting superintendent of schools during its Aug. 10 regular board meeting.
Harper has served as the school’s Grade 7-12 principal and Committee on Special Education chair since 2012. He joined the district in 2005 as a science teacher, and also served as a girls basketball and soccer coach for several years. Superintendent Glenn Niles, who in June announced his plans to retire, will stay on through Sept. 30 in an advisory role.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been appointed acting superintendent of the Arkport Central School District,” Harper said. “I am very grateful to the Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to serve the district and community that has embraced and supported me and my family.”
Check out the 2016-17 district calendar
Aug. 10, 2016 -- The 2016-17 Arkport Central School District calendar – which includes events scheduled throughout the school year, as well as important information about the district, its schools and policies – is now in the mail to residents' homes and available online.
To check for new and rescheduled events throughout the year, be sure to view the district's online calendar.
Grades 3-8 see growth in state test scores
Aug. 10, 2016 -- The New York State Department of Education has released the results of its grades 3-8 English language arts and math assessments in 2016. Local results show that Arkport students exceeded most state averages.
This past school year, 78 percent of students statewide in grades 3-8 took ELA and math assessments. As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into a scoring range of 1 through 4 meant to indicate their degree of proficiency in the Common Core standards for the grade level. Scores at levels 3-4 indicate proficiency (4 means that a student excels in the standards), while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency.
Arkport students' combined levels 3-4 proficiency rates were 42 percent for math and 41 percent for ELA, compared with statewide results of 39.1 percent for math and 37.9 percent for ELA.
Reminder about new meningococcal vaccination requirements
Response to Intervention and Academic Intervention Services Plan
Arkport Central School has updated its RtI/AIS plan in compliance with the recent adoption by the Board of Regents of the amendment of subdivision (ee) of section 100.2 of the Commissioner's regulations relating to the methodology by which school districts shall identify students in grades 3-8 who receive AIS (Academic Intervention Services). The revised plan is provided below.
District receives communications survey results, plans focus group follow-up
The district partnered with School Communications Performance Evaluation (SCoPE) Surveys to administer three surveys – one each for community, faculty/staff and parents/families – to help Arkport evaluate the effectiveness of its communication with these key groups.
“I want to thank everyone in Arkport who took the time to give us valuable feedback,” Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles said. “SCoPE has provided us with loads of data, which frankly we’re still in the process of analyzing. But we already have a strong sense of what our community thinks and expects of our communication efforts, and soon we’ll plan next steps to help us understand why.”
Sign up to receive emergency alerts via text message
Arkport Central School District recently partnered with the notification service School Messenger to send “short message service” (SMS) texts to school community members who “opt in” to receive them.
The district will use this technology to remind residents about upcoming events and school activities, as well as notify them about inclement weather, safety alerts, school closings and delays or other important information impacting the school district.
Interested? Just text the word YES or OPTIN to 67587. (You can opt out of alerts at any time by replying STOP to any message you receive, or HELP if you need assistance.)
Residents can look up tax bill information online
Steuben County has set up a Web page where residents of Arkport Central School District can look up information on their 2014-15 tax bills from last summer, as well as their upcoming 2015-16 tax bills.
Click here to access the page.
State releases math, ELA assessment scores
The New York State Department of Education on Aug. 12 released district and school results for the English and math assessments that students in grades three through eight took in the spring of 2015.
As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into a scoring range of 1 through 4 meant to indicate the degree of proficiency in the Common Core Learning Standards for the grade level. Scores at level 3-4 indicate proficiency (4 means that a student excels in the standards), while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency.
Students statewide have made incremental progress in ELA and math since 2013, the first year assessments aligned to the more rigorous learning standards were administered in grades 3-8.
Overall, Arkport scored above the Steuben County averages in half of the tests administered and above the New York state averages in five of the tests.
Arkport among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools
Arkport Central School has earned a bronze medal in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings, based on standardized tests scores and other data, the magazine announced in May.
Arkport Central School Closing and Delay Procedures
ONE HOUR DELAY PROCEDURES
And as always, check the school web site for the most up-to-date information.
Helpful Links for Parents
Additional links are available by clicking on the "Parents" link above, then clicking on "common Core" links on the left side of the page.
Annual Professional Performance Review Information
In accordance with Education Law 3012-d the Arkport Central School District will make available to parents or legal guardians your child’s current teacher’s final rating and composite effectiveness score beginning October 28, 2016. You must make this request to the grade level principal (K-6: Mrs. Dewey; 7-12: Mr. Harper) and will be required to come to the school for a brief meeting to receive the scores.
To view the District's APPR plan click on the "documents" link on the left of the page.
In accordance with Section 1 of subpart F of Chapter 56 of the laws of 2016, it should be noted that the district is not using any standardized tests not specified by the NYSED.