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Superintendent's message

While the holiday season is busy and stressful, exciting and enjoyable, we are pleased to emerge on the other side, refreshed and refocused for the year ahead. I believe we are poised to have a truly outstanding 2019 and, with that in mind, I’d like to take a few moments to highlight some notable items coming up in the district.

You might recall that about a year ago I sent a letter to all district residents regarding the fiscal stress rating of the district, noting that it would soon be announced by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), and that last year was not so favorable. Well, I am pleased to report that we will see a significantly improved fiscal stress rating this year once the data is released during the next month or so.  In fact, as presented to our board of education at its December meeting, we are anticipating a rating of “No Designation” for fiscal stress - the best rating we can earn. This is outstanding news for the district and a direct reflection of the work that’s been done by the board and our administrative team over the past several years. Again, on behalf of the board and myself, we thank you for the trust and support you have provided. While we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to maintain fiscal stability, we have been able to navigate the challenges of the recent past in a manner that has enabled us to create a much stronger financial position for the district. This position will let us focus on things that promote a growth trajectory and a thriving district for our children.

With that in mind, I’d like to take a few moments to provide some information related to the upcoming vote scheduled for February 12, 2019. The vote will contain two propositions: one for a capital project, and one for new transportation vehicles. Both are exciting and necessary items for the district, focusing on the safety, security and pride in our schools. As you receive/review information related to the capital project, I trust you’ll notice that the components contained in the project are those “have-to” items that are necessary to maintain or upgrade our facilities. Here is a brief highlight of key items proposed for this project:

=         A dedicated parent drop-off/pick-up area for the elementary school, including walkways that keep students and vehicles separate.

=         Roof replacement in parts of both buildings to ensure that nearly all roofing is upgraded across the district.

=         Significant safety and security upgrades at the main entrances of both schools.

=         Ventilation, airflow, lighting, electrical and plumbing upgrades – many systems or parts of those systems are at the end of their useful life and in some cases are beyond simple repair.

=         Blue gym renovations that include a complete face-lift for the gym (bleachers, floor striping, logos, safety padding, basketball goals, paint, etc.).

=         Auditorium renovations that include a complete face-lift (air conditioning added, seating, stage and house lighting, audio/visual system upgrades, paint, etc.).

=         Septic tank replacement at the Jr. Sr. high school, which will also allow for significant main entrance and courtyard enhancements.

As you can see, the items in the project will provide for an improved learning environment for our students while enhancing safety, security and pride across the district for the immediate and foreseeable future.  Also, you’ll likely be pleased to know that our building aid ratio is about 93 percent.

On a similar note, and included as a second item for the February 12 vote, is a proposition for transportation vehicles (two buses and two minivans). This is part of the board of education’s long-range planning process related to the replacement schedule for buses, which, of course, includes a sound

financial plan for fleet replacement. Updating our fleet is not only important from a safety standpoint, it also makes good financial sense when one considers maximizing trade-in values coupled with our transportation aid rate of about 90 percent. 

Again, detailed information on both items can be found on the district’s website, including PowerPoint presentations that can be viewed. The district will continue to provide information and vote reminders to all district residents via the district website and mailed items, so be on the lookout. A public hearing on both propositions is scheduled for January 16. If you have any questions regarding either proposition, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 693-8112. 

In closing, I wish you a Happy New Year.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate person here at the district. I’d like to end with a repeated New Year’s wish that each and every one of our students enjoys the success, growth and achievement that they deserve.

Yours in education,           


Michael J. Rullo

Go Hornets!


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Address: P.O. Box 147 Harpursville, NY 13787
Phone: 607.693.8101
Fax: 607.693.1480
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