Straw vote on merger is TODAY
Residents of the Alfred-Almond, Arkport and Canaseraga school districts today will say whether they want the three districts to merge their operations into one. The Arkport vote is 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the small gymnasium.
Faced with steeply declining enrollment - the district's number of students dropped 27 percent between 2005-06 and 2013-14 - the Arkport Board of Education in April 2014 began exploring the possibility of merging its services with those of the two neighboring districts. Over the next year, representatives from all three districts met regularly with Castallo and Silky Education Consultants of Syracuse to review specific sections of a merger study that included chapters on enrollment projections, instructional and extracurricular programs, facilities, transportation, staffing and finances. In June 2015, the consultants presented a final merger study to the boards, whose members voted to hold Tuesday's straw advisory vote.
If the three communities approve the proposal, the state education commissioner will then authorize a final vote, known as a statutory, or binding, referendum.
Superintendent Glenn Niles announces his retirement
The Arkport Board of Education has accepted a request for retirement from Superintendent of Schools Glenn P. Niles, effective Sept. 30, 2016. Dr. Niles announced the news in an email to district employees this morning (Thursday, June 30):
“… After nearly 16 years with Arkport Central School, the time feels right to close one immensely rewarding chapter and look ahead to whatever comes next,” Dr. Niles told staff members. “Since joining the Arkport community in 2002, I have had the pleasure and privilege of developing lifelong personal and professional relationships with each of you; you are an amazing group of energetic, creative and dedicated educators and professionals. It has been wonderful working with all of you; the support and collegiality you have all provided has been tremendous and helped me get through many challenges that being superintendent presents. This has been, and continues to be, an incredible journey.”
Sign up AGAIN to receive emergency alerts via text message
Due to a technical glitch, those who already signed up to receive text-message alerts from the school will need to do so again.
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. Unfortunately, the School Messenger system was not correctly set up to receive those opt-ins during the district’s enrollment period. As a result, School Messenger will send an opt-in text messageTOMORROW, March 18, to all mobile phone numbers that the district has on file for parents, faculty and staff.
If you wish to receive future text messages from Arkport – about upcoming events and school activities, inclement weather, safety alerts, school closings and delays or other important information impacting the school district – please respond to Friday’s message with a “Y” or “Yes.”
We apologize for the mix-up and thank you for your patience and understanding!
How are we doing? Tell us by filling out a survey
Arkport Central School District cares about communication. Why? Because accurate, timely and trustworthy communications with key stakeholders is integral to supporting student success.
So we want to know: How are we doing? Are you receiving all the information you want and need from us?
To find out, we’ve partnered with School Communications Performance Evaluation (SCoPE) Surveys to administer three online community surveys that will help us evaluate the effectiveness of our communication. The surveys (one each for parents, staff and community members) go live TODAY, Jan. 11, 2016, and will stay open through Jan. 29, 2016.
Links to the three surveys are below. Please consider completing ALL that apply to you. And if you're a parent with more than one child enrolled in Arkport Central School, please fill out one parent survey for each of them. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete a survey from start to finish.
Every voice matters. Don’t let others speak for you. Be sure your input is included. Survey results will help us improve how we communicate with you. And participation is completely anonymous!
"Big Bad" A Big Hit!
Cast members from this year's fall play, "Big Bad."
For this year's fall play, the Arkport Drama Club present "Big Bad" by Alec Strum. In the story, the Big Bad Wolf (Laici Ellington) stands trial for all her crimes against the citizens of the Enchanted Woods. Will her lawyer, Evil Stepmother (Holley Chamberlain), convince the jury of her innocence, or will Fairy Godmother (Alyssa Merry) prevail by persuading jurors that crime never pays? The audience got to decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf. Congratulations to the cast, crew, Mrs. Churchman and Ms. Stratton on a fantastic show!
Seventh grade: Olivia Fucci, Brooke Shinebarger, Julia Payne and Sarah Currie
Eighth grade: Rebecca Martin and Anthony Sundwall
Ninth grade: Louie Payne, John Currie and Jasmine Tobin
10th grade: Alyssa Merry, Grace Thompson, Holley Chamberlain, Christine Martin, Laici Ellington and Jasmine Mosko
September all about science for Arkport first-graders
First-graders transformed into scientists in September, when they conducted the “Apple Volcano STEM Challenge” by mixing two substances together to explosive effect, under the watchful eye of Brande Flaitz, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum mentor for GST BOCES. Last month, the students also observed and recorded the changes of a monarch caterpillar as it transformed into a butterfly.
Today (Feb. 5) is FINAL DAY to participate in surveys
It's your LAST CHANCE to share your thoughts on Arkport's communication efforts by taking our SCoPE School Survey. When today ends, so does the online survey. Thanks to all who've participated already! And for those who haven't yet, there's still time!
Links to the three surveys (parent, staff, community) are below. Please consider completing ALL that apply to you. And if you're a parent with more than one child enrolled in Arkport Central School, please fill out one parent survey for each of them. It should take only 10-15 minutes on any computer or mobile device to complete a survey from start to finish.
Log on now or anytime today (Feb. 5). Thank you!Every voice matters. And participation is completely anonymous!
Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving offers a time to reflect and count our many blessings - not the least of which is the freedom and opportunities for achievement we all enjoy in this great country. I know I'm thankful for our school and community and the wonderful students, staff and parents who make it such an excellent place to work, learn and grow. Please accept my warmest wishes for a joyful , peaceful Thanksgiving !
~ Superintendent of Schools Glenn P. Niles
Arkport Central School conducts lockdown drill
Arkport Central School successfully completed a simulated lockdown on Friday afternoon (Oct. 9), as part of the school’s ongoing emergency preparedness efforts.
Arkport periodically holds safety drills that give students and staff the opportunity to review and practice procedures and protocols. These drills are an important part of our school safety plans and are designed to make sure everyone knows how to act in an emergency situation. Today’s exercise was similar to simulations that have been done in the past and included the cooperation of New York State Police troopers.
Homecoming Week begins at Arkport
Student Council Homecoming Week kicked off Sept. 28, with the first “versus” dress-up day: pajamas vs. camo. Throughout the week, students in grades 7-12 are encouraged each day to choose between two daily themes.
Reminder: K-12 Open House is Wednesday, Sept. 23
The faculty and staff of Arkport Central School are looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday, Sept. 23, for the K-12 open house, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Grades K-6 will have a blended schedule of planned classroom talks and open time to visit teachers. (Informational letters have been sent home with more details on K-6 schedules). Upstairs in grades 7-12, meanwhile, teachers will be available for classroom visits during the entire night.
Also, be sure to stop by the small gymnasium to visit the book fair and informational booths set up by local organizations.
Speaking of open house, Parent Today (the blog and e-newsletter available to all Arkport residents) just came out with some timely tips on how to make the most of it. Check it out!
And see you Wednesday!
Arkport players to join Canaseraga High School varsity team
Because an insufficient number of students signed up to play, Arkport Central School District will not field any basketball teams this year. The four or five boys who did express interest in playing at the varsity level, however, have been invited to join the roster of Canaseraga High School’s team.
Arkport Athletic Director Dale Steiner notified Allegany County and Section V last week and called affected students over the past few days. Pending approval from the county and league, Arkport and Canaseraga will merge their schedules, and eight to 10 players from both schools will play under the direction of Coach Steve Sleight.
“We’re grateful to Canaseraga for giving our guys an opportunity to play,” Arkport Superintendent of Schools Glenn P. Niles said. “They’ve graciously offered to hold practice every other week here in Arkport.”
Arkport will provide players with transportation to Canaseraga for games and practice.
Shrinking student enrollment and team sign-ups in Arkport have prompted several sports squads to merge with Canaseraga in recent years, including soccer, cheerleading, wrestling, softball and cross-country.
Have questions about proposed merger? Attend a public forum
A third public forum to answer residents’ questions about the proposed merger of Alfred-Almond, Arkport and Canaseraga school districts has been scheduled.
During the forum, set for 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Arkport WSL Performing Arts Center, Arkport Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles and board members will explain how the possible three-way consolidation will affect Arkport and its students.
All three districts will hold an advisory vote, to gauge residents’ interest in merging, on Sept. 10. Arkport’s vote will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. in the small gymnasium.
Forums about proposed merger scheduled
What does the proposed merger of Alfred-Almond, Arkport and Canaseraga school districts mean for you, your children and the community? What’s the next step in the process? The district has scheduled two public forums during which Arkport Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles and board members will answer these and any other questions residents might have about the centralization process. The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. July 23 and Aug. 10 in the Arkport WSL Performing Arts Center.
An updated timeline of the merger process also has been posted on the website. It includes an advisory vote, to gauge residents’ interest in merging the three districts into one, scheduled for Sept. 10, from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Arkport’s small gymnasium.
Districts vote to move forward with merger process
The boards of education for Alfred-Almond, Arkport and Canaseraga Central School Districts each voted June 10 to proceed with an advisory straw vote to gauge residents’ interest in merging the three districts into one. The boards reached their respective decisions one day after Castallo and Silky Consultants of Syracuse presented a final merger study report (available for viewing on the Arkport district website) during a joint meeting at Alfred-Almond Central School.
The three districts now must wait for the New York State Education Department to schedule the advisory vote.
The Arkport Central School girls soccer team beat Poland Central School in the state Championship game on Sunday! Congratulations to the girls and the entire coaching staff!
2014 Steuben County and NYS Class D Award Recipients
Offensive MVP: Amanda Swarts
Co-Defensive MVP: Nichole Gibson
1st Team All-Star: Brooke Geibel, Courtney McDaniel, Erin Geibel
2nd Team All-Star: Sable Bugman, Emily Saxton, Allison VanScoter, Jenna Theilen
NYSPHSAA State Tournament:
Semi-Finals of States: Sportsmanship Award- Jenna Theilen
Finals of States: Goal Keeper of the Tournament- Nichole Gibson
Finals of States: Player of the Game- Brooke Geibel
All State Team Members:
Co-MVP of NYS Class D: Amanda Swarts
1st Team All State: Amanda Swarts, Nichole Gibson, Brooke Geibel
4th Team All State: Jenna Theilen, Erin Geibel
Look for May 2015 budget newsletter in mail
- an overview of the $10.6 million proposed budget;
- answers to frequently asked budget questions;
- a look at student achievement in 2014-15;
- a breakdown of 2015-16 revenue sources and proposed expenditures; and
- voter information.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in the WSL Performing Arts Center, Arkport Central School.
Residents will vote on the budget proposal, elect one member to the Arkport Board of Education and consider two additional propositions, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the small gymnasium at Arkport Central School.
The budget newsletter is also available online. And there’s even more budget information, including fact sheets and archived budget news, on the district’s 2015-16 Budget web page.
Arkport Board of Education adopts 2015-16 budget proposal
The Arkport Board of Education voted April 8 to adopt a $10,582,207 budget proposal for the 2015-16 school year that calls for a 0.51 percent decrease in spending compared with 2014-15 and carries a 1.35 percent tax levy increase.
The fiscal plan includes all existing academic programs and services; maintains all current extra- and co-curricular activities that take place after school; adds a summer remedial reading program for elementary students; introduces new, college-level course offerings at the high school level; restores student driver education to the school day; and increases staff development opportunities.
The district’s $10.6 million budget proposal decreases spending by $53,935, compared to the 2014-15 school year, while increasing the tax levy by $43,101. District residents will vote on it 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19.
Arkport to celebrate National Young Readers Week
Next week (Nov. 9-13) is National Young Readers Week , an annual event to raise awareness around the importance of reading, and Arkport Central School will be taking part.
To show our support and enthusiasm for reading, we will be:
- Monday: Getting comfy with a good book. (Wear your pajamas or comfy clothes!)
- Tuesday: Getting "wild" about reading. (Put on your animal print!)
- Wednesday: Veterans Day, No School (Thank a veteran for your freedom and cuddle up at home with a good book!).
- Thursday: Kicking it with reading. (Wear your favorite sport shirt! This can be a sport you play or one you enjoy watching and learning more about.)
- Friday: Getting crazy about reading. (Dress up crazy: inside-out clothes, backward clothes, mismatched clothes, crazy hair and clothes, etc. You decide!)
State adopts 2015-16 budget
Schools to see more aid in approved state budget; increases tied to another reboot of teacher evaluation system
After an unusual state budget process that included a mid-session change in Assembly leadership and preliminary school aid data that was withheld from school districts by the governor, the Arkport Central School District expects an estimated $476,946 increase in state funding over the current year as part of the final state budget approved by the State Legislature. (That figure is based on estimates for BOCES and high-cost aid and could decrease by the time those actual amounts are known later in the year.) To receive the increase, legislators approving the budget are requiring that the district retool its teacher evaluation plan – known as the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) – under a new set of undetermined rules. The plan must be approved by the State Education Department by Nov. 15.
Get the facts about test refusal
A growing number of parents and caregivers statewide are planning to instruct their children to refuse to participate in standardized tests administered in public schools across the country this spring.
Administrators in the Arkport Central School District understand that parents have questions and concerns about the tests, which are scheduled to take place in April for students in grades 3-8.
“While we support parents’ rights to have their child refuse to take the upcoming state assessments, we urge them to make that decision after thoughtful and informed consideration,” Arkport Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles said. “We are concerned about the incomplete and, in some cases, inaccurate information about test refusal that is being voiced, namely that the tests have no value, that they are overly punitive to teachers, and that the information the tests provide are not used.”
Meet Santa at Applebee's
Arkport PTSO's Applebee's Breakfast with Santa is just around the corner!
Date: Dec. 12, 2015
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Cost: $5 (2 and younger eat free)
Tickets can be purchased from PTSO members, OR you can go on the Arkport PTSO Facebook page and request tickets.
Hope to see you there, and thanks for supporting our Parent-Teacher-Student Organization!
Voters reject proposed merger with Alfred-Almond and Canaseraga
On Sept. 10, voters in Arkport Central School District joined their counterparts in Alfred-Almond and Canaseraga school districts in rejecting a proposal to merge the three districts into one.
Fifty-nine percent of Arkport voters turned down the proposed merger, with 308 casting ballots against it and 210 voting in favor. Residents in Alfred-Almond and Canaseraga rejected the merger by a margin of 81.3 percent (582 no, 134 yes) and 57 percent (179 no, 135 yes), respectively.
"I'd like to thank those who took the time to vote today on this important issue," Arkport Superintendent of Schools Glenn P. Niles said. "As the number of students in the region continues to shrink, we must and will explore every option available to us for educating our children in a cost-effective way. In coming days, the board will review the district's options in light of today's vote outcome."
2016-17 calendars in the mail
The 2016-17 Arkport Central School District calendar – which includes events scheduled throughout the school year, as well as important information about the district and policies – should be arriving in residents' mailboxes soon. The calendar also can be viewed online on the district website.
Arkport students to perform in Zone 15 Area-All State Chorus
Karlee (above left) and Abigale Patrick will travel to Corning Nov. 20 and 21, to participate in the Zone 15 Area-All State Chorus. The girls were chosen to be a part of this performing group because of their high vocal solo grades from last year.
Congratulations, Karlee and Abbi, and best of luck in Corning!
Annual budget vote and BOE election is TODAY
The annual budget vote and Board of Education election will be held between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the small gymnasium at Arkport Central School, 35 East Ave., Arkport.
The district has proposed a budget of $10,344,506, which would increase spending 2.2 percent over this year and include a tax levy increase of $81,296 (or 2.4 percent).
Also on the ballot:
- Proposition to purchase a new school bus.
- One seat on the Arkport Board of Education.
The district also will be conducting an anonymous voter exit survey. Thank you in advance for your valuable feedback!
The 2015-16 school year gets under way
The new school year began without a hitch Tuesday, as 445 students returned to Arkport's classrooms, corridors and cafeteria. Welcome back, everybody! Let's make it a great year!
Procedures for snow days & delays
Here's a review of how Arkport Central School District handles weather-related closings and delays.
When school is closed or delayed because of weather or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over local broadcast stations, including TV stations YNN, WETM and WENY and radio stations WLEA/WCKR, WHHO/WKPQ and WHAM. In addition, Arkport will use its automated notification system to send recorded voice messages to families’ phones.
Warm wishes for a safe and happy holiday break
On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire staff at Arkport, we sincerely wish all our families a safe, happy and blessed holiday season. I hope everyone finds time during this well-earned break to enjoy each other and this magical time of year!
See you in 2016!
~ Glenn P. Niles
Superintendent of Schools
Did you thank a teacher today?
It's Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6). Don't miss this opportunity to let your favorite teachers know how much they mean to you. Or to reach out to that unforgettable former teacher who made all the difference. Tell them this week!
Board adopts 2016-17 budget proposal
On Wednesday, April 13, the Arkport Board of Education adopted a $10,344,506 proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year. The budget calls for a 2.2 percent decrease in spending over 2015-16 and carries a 2.4 percent tax levy increase.
Because the budget’s proposed tax levy exceeds the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law—an increase of 1.1 percent or $44,207—a supermajority greater than 60 percent of voters must approve for the measure to pass.
District residents will vote on it 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 17. The annual school budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, in the Performing Arts Center.
Students to be inducted into National Technical Honor Society
Congratulations to the following Arkport students, who will be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Thursday, March 31, at Hornell Intermediate School:
- Jordan Wood(auto technology);
- Cole Saxton(building constructions);
- Ashton Swarts(building constructions);
- Michael Adler(criminal justice);
- Nathaniel Warczok (criminal justice);
- Noah Hoyt (CISCO Networking Academy);
- Cameron Ellington (heavy equipment);
- Brooke Geibel (New Visions Medical);
- Jessica Hedges (New Visions Medical); and
- Sydney Sarvis (New Visions Medical).
Way to go!
BOCES to test school drinking water
In light of the recent lead scares nationally and, most recently, in the Rochester area, Arkport Central School officials have decided to test the drinking water coming out of the water fountains here in the building next week.
When a water test is ordered, it must include all fountains, as well as water used in food preparation. Mort Mullen, BOCES health and safety inspector, will be here Tuesday, March 22, to collect all the appropriate samples. Student and staff access to drinking water will not be disrupted by the testing.
We are conducting the tests merely as a precaution; the building’s water comes to us from the village, whose supply is tested frequently and has been certified as safe. Other regional schools, including Prattsburgh and Bradford, use well water and are required to test more frequently.
As soon as we receive the test results, we’ll share them here. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Superintendent of Schools Glenn Niles email@example.com or (607) 295-7471, Ext. 1119.
Read Across America Week a resounding success at Arkport
Read Across America Week was a smashing success! If you're interested in more family literacy opportunities and activities, a great website to visit is DaybyDayNY.org.
DaybyDayNY.org is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs. The DaybyDayNY is an online virtual calendar designed for families with young children to encourage a love of books and learning that will last a lifetime.
The New York State Library is pleased to announce that its web site- DaybyDayNY.org has been updated for 2016. Please visit the site and view the “One More Story” ebook, links to entertaining arts and crafts, directions and locations of museums, and helpful information on living a healthy life style. Also be sure to visit the newly redesigned (and recently fully translated) Spanish language page by clicking on the following link:http://daybydayny.org/be-healthy/informacion-de-salud/.
Register for Arkport "Girls on the Run" program
“Girls on the Run” is an empowerment program for girls in grades 3-5 that gives them skills and experiences to navigate their world confidently and to unleash their limitless potential. Offered by a network of more than 200 councils across the United States and Canada, the program teaches girls life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At each season's conclusion, the girls complete a celebratory 5-kilometer run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment.
The result? Healthy, confident girls who CAN!
Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier, an initiative of the Steuben Rural Health Network, will have sites throughout Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Allegany counties this spring, including a team at Arkport Central School! Team Arkport will meet 3-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Online registration opens 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at www.gotrst.com, with the season kicking off the week of March 21. To learn more about site locations/times and the registration process, visitwww.gotrst.com.
2016-17 state budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase, end to GEA
On Friday, April 1, New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. The state budget ends the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which has diverted billions of dollars from schools –including $3.37 million from Arkport – during the last seven years.
The Legislature’s vote on the budget came on the first day of the state’s new fiscal year. The finalized spending plan provides school districts with information about state aid revenue that is critical as they develop school budgets for the 2016-17 school year.
The bulk of the state aid increase will be split in three ways: a $627 million increase in Foundation Aid, $434 million to end the GEA and $341 million to reimburse schools for costs such as transportation, construction and BOCES services.
Gov. Cuomo outlines 2016-17 school aid proposal and education agenda in State of the State address
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17.
The governor outlined his education agenda as part of the combined 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. His proposals include support for struggling schools, expanding universal prekindergarten, new investments to benefit charter and nonpublic schools, and changes to the school tax relief (STAR) program. Cuomo also called on the New York State Education Department to enact the recent recommendations of his Common Core Task Force.
District earns award for budget newsletter
Arkport Central School District was an award winner in the New York School Public Relations Association's 36th annual Communications Awards competition. Of the 345 entries, judged by communications professionals around the country, about one-third received awards. Arkport was honored in the budget publication category for its May 2015 budget newsletter.
Arkport, Canaseraga BOEs to discuss exit survey results
June 12, 2017 -- The Board of Education would like to thank those who took the time to complete an exit poll survey during the May 2017 budget vote. The survey was related to the two possible methods for a potential merger study between the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts.
The survey information has been tabulated and arranged in an easy-to-read format. This information can be viewed by clicking on the icon below. The Arkport BOE will be discussing the survey results on June 14, and the Canaseraga BOE will be discussing the survey results on June 22. No official action is expected at either meeting.
(For anyone unable to access the information online, hard copies of the results also will be available in the Arkport and Canaseraga district offices.)
Students compete in third annual Math Challenge
On April 8, the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization sponsored the third annual Math Challenge, a multiplication math fact competition played in an "Around the World" style. Every classroom in grades 3-6 chose five contestants to compete against each other to come up with four grade-level champions: Lizzie Young (third grade); Haley Armeli (fourth grade); Braydon Brewster (fifth grade); and Patience Greunke (sixth grade). The two finalists – one from grades 3-4 and one from grades 5-6 – then faced off in a final showdown. Congratulations to overall math fact champ, Braydon!
Photo at right (left to right): Braydon Brewster, Lizzie Young, Haley Armeli and Patience Greunke. Below: Grand math champion, Braydon Brewster.
Capital Project Information Sessions
Mark your calendars with upcoming opportunities for Arkport residents to learn more about the district's proposed capital improvement project.
Emergency Early Release Drill on Oct. 14
Arkport Central School District will dismiss students early on Friday, Oct. 14, following protocol for the district's annual Emergency Early Release Drill.
New York state requires all school districts to hold this drill each year to ensure students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency.
ACSD Open Board of Education Seat
If you have any questions regarding the open BOE seat, please contact Mrs. Khork in the district office (295-7471 x1121).
Excelsior Scholarship applications available now, deadline July 21June 19, 2017 -- This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation’s first tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship. The Scholarship is making college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York’s students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed. The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at SUNY or CUNY school for the fall of 2017.
Click here to apply.
In order to apply, students must:
- Be residents of New York State
- Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
- Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
- Maintain good academic standing
- Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate’s Degree in two years or a Bachelor’s Degree in four years.
The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall 2017. It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019. Find more information in this fact sheet.
The application deadline is July 21. Please help spread the word, click here to learn more and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.
Arkport voters approve $10.7 million budget; elect one Board of Education member
May 16, 2017 -- Arkport Central School District voters today approved the district’s $10.7 million 2017-18 budget proposal, elected a new Board of Education member and passed a proposition to buy two new school buses.
- Approved $10,661,352 budget for the 2017-18 school year that increases spending 3.1 percent ($316,846), and carries a 1.74 percent tax levy increase ($59,988): 223 yes, 54 no.
- Approved the purchase of two school buses at a total cost not to exceed $240,000: 218 yes, 47 no.
- Re-elected Board of Education member Jennifer Swarts, who received the highest number of votes (58) and will serve a five-year term starting July 1.
“I would like to express my thanks to all the Arkport residents who made the time to cast ballots today,” Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said. “I’m grateful we can advance into the next school year with a plan that maintains the quality academic program our community has come to expect from Arkport Central School.”
Sole Sisters finish strong
The Sole Sisters 5K was absolutely AMAZING! We had tears in our eyes as these girls crossed the finish line and accomplished something that they never imagined possible 10 weeks ago. We have been blessed to spend the last 10 weeks with these 26 fabulous girls, and we are incredibly grateful that administration allowed us to start our own running club this year. We hope that these girls have fallen in love with running and themselves this season!
A HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make our 5K celebration a success. It truly takes a village! We could not have pulled this off without the support of all of you!
- Barb & Ang
Student tests positive for pertussis in neighboring school district
June 1, 2017 -- A student who attends classes at a neighboring school district has tested positive for pertussis, a contagious disease also known as whooping cough. This student has an older sibling who attends Arkport -- and tested negative for pertussis. Nevertheless, Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper felt it was important to notify Arkport parents of the diagnosis in a letter today (sent home with students in grades K-6 and mailed to the parents of students in grades 7-12). The full text of the letter is now posted here.
Arkport students shine
On May 11, our students proudly represented Arkport CSD at the Special Olympics held at Alfred State College. As they made their way through the halls and onto the bus, they were celebrated by many of their classmates and teachers holding signs of encouragement and cheering them on. Though this was Arkport's debut at the annual Special Olympics, we are looking forward to sending our fantastic students every year to participate in the track and field events with other area schools. Way to go, kids! We are proud of you all!
Arkport, Canaseraga approve 2017-18 sports merger
April 7, 2017 -- During their respective meetings this week, the Arkport and Canaseraga Boards of Education both unanimously approved the merger of all athletic programs for the 2017-18 school year. Stay tuned this spring for further information regarding the start of fall seasons.
Board of Education adopts 2017-18 budget proposal
On Wednesday, April 5, the Arkport Board of Education adopted a $10,661,353 proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 3.06 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 and carries a 1.74 percent tax levy increase.
Because the budget’s proposed tax levy is lower than the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s tax levy limit law—an increase of 3.29 percent or $113,339—the measure will pass if a simple majority (50 percent plus one) of voters approves it.
The district’s $10.7 million budget proposal increases spending by $316,847, while increasing the tax levy by $59,915. District residents will vote on it 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 16.
The fiscal plan increases BOCES services in the areas of social work, grant services and technology. These increases will be partially offset by a decrease in BOCES services that support our guidance online services. The district will also be proposing the addition of a $100,000 capital outlay project to address ongoing building infrastructure needs.
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:
- Proposition 1, 222 votes to 62 votes.
- Proposition 2, 204 votes to 77 votes.
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.”
Actionable lead levels found in six school water sources
Nov. 8, 2016 -- In September 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis.
On Nov. 8, 2016, Arkport received the results of water testing completed on 132 outlets in the school building on Sept. 22, 2016. The results showed that six of the water samples had concentrations of lead that exceeded New York state's "action level" of 15 parts per billion (ppb). The district immediately shut off these affected outlets, none of which is a drinking water source.
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.”
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.
U.S. News today published detailed information online about more than 21,150 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, the news organization gave many of the schools a college readiness index score, with the top-scoring 6,500-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal – and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.
Long-term substitute arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching
June 13, 2017 -- Earlier today, an Arkport Central School District employee, Thomas Wight, was arrested by the New York State Police and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching, both Class A misdemeanors. The charges do not involve Arkport students and the alleged crimes took place during non-school hours and off school property.
Wight has served as a long-term substitute teacher with the district since January 2017, and most recently worked with students in the junior/senior high school. He was placed on paid administrative leave by Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper on Sunday, June 11, as a result of preliminary information the superintendent received June 9 regarding Wight’s out-of-school conduct. In light of his arrest this afternoon, Arkport Board of Education members will vote on rescinding his appointment at its Wednesday evening meeting.
“The safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority,” Harper said. “We are shocked by the alleged actions of this individual, and are committed to providing the safety and support that our students and community expect and deserve.”
State Police are asking Arkport community members to please come forward if their child has had any contact with Wight outside of school hours. Individuals with information may contact either the Arkport Office of the Superintendent or Student Services at 607-295-7471.
Regents approve plan for new statewide science learning standards
In January, the New York State Board of Regents approved a strategic plan to enhance science instruction for students in grades K-12. According to the plan, updated state standards in science are critical for developing “scientifically literate citizens who are better prepared to pursue college and career pathways.”
The state’s new Statewide Strategic Plan for Science and P-12 Science Learning Standards was created as a guide for how to develop and implement new science standards; it is not the standards themselves. It also does not outline when such standards would go into effect. Instead, the plan provides goals and objectives for identifying new state science standards with input from stakeholders such as K-12 teachers and school administrators, higher education and industry representatives, parents, students, professional associations and government officials.