A message from the
Dear Eden Families:
In this edition of our District Newsletter, you will find information about our 2017-2018 school budget, which was approved by our Board of Education at its April 5th meeting. Our Board of Education, Budget Advisory Team and Administrative Council have spent countless hours discussing how Eden CSD will maintain the expected high level of academic programming in a climate of fiscal uncertainty and inequity.
I am excited to share with you that a new Grade 1 teacher position has been put into the budget for next year. This will allow us to maintain five classrooms at Kindergarten and five classrooms at 1st grade. Keeping our class sizes under 20 for these primary grades is our utmost focus. In addition, a new nurse position has been put into the budget for next year. Having this fourth nurse on staff will allow us some flexibility in all the buildings and enable us to have a nurse on our busses when circumstances require.
Yes, it is true that we have staffing reductions for next year. Some of these are due to budget and some are due to a declining student enrollment at the secondary grade levels. None of us at Eden CSD take staffing reductions lightly. We value our teachers and all the heart that they put into their students.
Our responsibility to you is vast. We are obligated to bring you a fiscally responsible budget. At the same time, we are obligated to offer to our students a competitive, high level of academic programming. It should come as no surprise to you that each year that the NYS legislature does not reimburse school districts what it rightfully owes them, Eden CSD included, it becomes more and more difficult to direct our budget cuts to areas which do not affect students and their programs.
Our Board of Education continues to be focused on ways that our district can have a louder voice with our state legislature to ensure adequate, equitable and predictable state funding for districts like Eden. We hope that you will join us in this journey- for the sake of public education and our students.
We have two candidates running unopposed for two Board of Education seats- Ellen Kindley and Cheryl Carpenter. I thank them, ahead of time, for their commitment to our students. Contrary to popular belief, this is an unpaid position without any perks and with a large time commitment. They make all the difference in bringing your voice to the educational process.
As this school year draws to a close, I would be remiss if I did not thank you again for a successful capital project vote in December 2015. Our project was approved by the State Education Department just last month, contractors are now on site and we are ready to put shovels in the ground on May 1. Our students deserve the transformation that this capital project promises.
In closing, we promise to challenge your students with rigorous learning objectives, so that they can be successful in whatever they choose to do with their life and career after high school, and secondly, we promise to challenge ourselves to become the best educators and learners for the best students in Western New York. Eden is a wonderful community because of you and your students. We are Raider proud!Sincerely,