Superintendent’s Message, November

Dear Florida Union Free School District Community Members,

The last few weeks have been filled with exciting events in the District:

 

Capital Improvements

The Board of Education has completed the annual building inspections, reviewed the New York State Building Condition Survey and met with our school architects to begin the process of planning for capital improvements. In October, our school architects presented their findings of the NYS Building Condition Survey to the Board of Education. The architects will return to the District soon to meet with personnel to review items and prepare a list of priorities. In addition to infrastructure items, athletic fields will also be reviewed.
The Board of Education will review portions of the project over the next several months in order to develop a plan. Progress will be discussed at Board of Education meetings and will be communicated and shared with the community throughout the process.

Bus Safety Award

The Board of Education presented a Bus Safety Award to driver Larry Kane and students Mackenzie and Paige Lupinski for their excellence in bus safety.  Sharon Becz, of First Student, was on hand for the recognition at the October Board of Education meeting.

Chromebook Expansion

Parent meetings regarding the roll out of Chromebooks in grades 6-12 will be announced for November and December. We are excited to provide each student with this tool to aid in our instructional program. We are in the final preparation of infrastructure, safety and security features for the January implementation.  Currently, staff and faculty utilize devices throughout the district.

A teacher leads a classroom full of students, each using a Chromebook
Chromebooks are compact, durable laptops specially designed for students

This initiative shifts technology delivery from the district providing multiple devices in classrooms for the 6-12 program to issuing a device to each student in those grades.

Superintendent’s Conference Day

The Florida Union Free School District has teamed up with Orange Ulster BOCES to bring a national presenter to our area.  Eric Sheninger is a Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education.  His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward.  He has emerged as an innovative leader and author whose main focus is to integrate technology to facilitate student learning, transform learning spaces, discover opportunity and help educators grow professionally.  We are excited to be the host of the Learning Transformed workshop.  This professional development is aligned with our goal of expanding the use of integrating technology to support learning opportunities.

Athletics

The Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team are the Class C Sectional Soccer Champions and will continue in post season play.  The fall season marked the completion of our merger of modified, jv and varsity football with Warwick Valley Central School District as well as one of our swimmers competing for S.S.Seward while training with Warwick Valley Central School District.

Thank you for the support of our students and District.

Sincerely,
Jan Jehring, Superintendent