Maine-Endwell Central School District

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Superintendent
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Jason R. Van Fossen
712 Farm to Market Road
Endwell, NY 13760
(607) 754-1400

Greetings Maine Endwell School Community:
 
The 2017-2018 school year is off and running and we are poised for another productive and successful year at M-E!

What’s New?
 
FACILITIES & CAPITAL ASSETS
 
• This past August, district residents approved the use of capital reserve funds to purchase 814 Farm to Market Road, a 1.1 acre lot of land adjacent to our High School. Currently, we are finalizing the contract of sale, and, will be securing the property. The district will be reaching out to our stakeholders – in multiple formats – to gather information regarding the potential use of the property. We are excited to review various ideas and determine a plan of action moving forward.
 
STRATEGIC PLANNING
 
• This past September, the district unveiled our “Why Broome County, Why Maine-Endwell” public video which is a collaborative effort between The Agency, Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, Binghamton University, SUNY Broome, and our NYS District 52 Senator, Mr. Fred Akshar. The video was developed by Mrs. Brenda Potsko, District Communications Coordinator, and Mr. James Buyck, BOCES Videographer. Many organizations have videos that accentuate their strengths with the goal being to attract (and retain) people. Our school district is no different and we recognize the efforts being made at our local and state levels to support the ‘rebirth’ of Broome County. Significant investments are being made at SUNY Broome and Binghamton University and sizable economic growth - Dick’s Sporting Goods Distribution Center and Imperium (lithium-ion battery cells) are occurring. As people and families move to Broome County, and, make decisions on where to live and have their children educated, the Maine-Endwell Central School District – and specifically, the Town of Maine and Village of Endwell – offer wonderful opportunities to raise and grow a family. While this may not be new news to all of us, we want to make sure our message, brand and identity, are available for all to see.

• Our District Strategic Planning Committee will be reconvening on December 7th to review progress to date. New this year will be the addition of our Family Engagement, Student Voice and Staff surveys which were conducted in June. On October 4th, the district leadership team reviewed the data with Dr. Sandy Mattison, representative of PLC Associates who conducted the survey. On October 19th, an overview of the data, including an explanation of the methodology, will be shared with the Board of Education. The data will be shared with all groups soon after. Moving into our third year of implementation for strategic planning, the addition of multiple surveys is a huge accomplishment. This set of data is more qualitative and, more importantly, involves input from our most critical stakeholders – families and students. Our goal is to embed this into our annual school calendar to maximize participation from all.
 
THE CLASSROOM
 
• While it takes more than a year to determine a ‘trend’, the Homer Brink Elementary School has seen significant increases in enrollment. Last September (2016), the building enrollment stood at 688 students. This past September (2017), enrollment has climbed to 748 students – an increase of 60 students. As a result of this increase, we have added a fifth section to first grade and a sixth section to kindergarten. The remaining grade levels (2nd – 5th) have five sections (classrooms). While enrollment can fluctuate, and family mobility occurs quite regularly, we are watching this closely to determine what additional steps may be necessary if this ‘trend’ continues.
 
Thank you again for your continued support of our school district. Great schools start with great students – we certainly are fortunate.
 
Very Sincerely,
Jason R. Van Fossen 
 

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