Maine-Endwell Central School District

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Maine Endwell School Community:
 
Congratulations Class of 2017!
On June 23 we passed the torch and celebrated our 55th Commencement ceremony at the Binghamton University Event Center. Close to 3000 family and friends were in attendance to celebrate our most important night of the year. For the second year in a row, our Technology Department provided those unable to attend a live stream of the event with an estimated 800 views recorded.
 
What’s New?
 
Board of Education
Congratulations and welcome to two new Board of Education members – Mrs. Victoria Williams and Mrs. Jamie Bernard – who took office on July 6. Both ladies bring a background in education and leadership which will provide valuable perspectives and insight moving forward.
 
Additionally, on behalf of the District, I would like to acknowledge and thank Mr. Dennis Cochardo and Mr. Christopher Seavey for their time and dedication to the District. Both gentlemen were positive and sincere ambassadors for the children and families of the Maine and Endwell school communities. Thank you Dennis and Chris!
 
Capital Reserve Referendum: Land Acquisition
 
On August 22, 2017, we are asking residents to approve the purchase of an adjacent property next to the High School in the amount of $165,000. The price was determined and agreed to utilizing market and appraisal valuation. The purchase of this property will be through the use of existing District capital reserve funds not through the collection of additional tax dollars.

Our capital reserve fund is a savings account established for purposes of capital improvements, including land acquisition, and has approximately $1.5 million available. Use of this reserve can only occur if voters give the district authorization to do so via a referendum vote. On August 22nd, 2017, we will ask our residents to approve this request.
 
Why acquire land now?
First, the opportunity to acquire additional land is rare. The last time this property came available was in 2009 when the District asked residents to approve a referendum for $475,000 to acquire the same property for construction of a parking lot. While the vote was not successful, two variables may have impacted this decision; (1) the District asked voters to spend additional dollars. The $475,000 was to be collected via additional tax dollars. It is highly likely that residents were not comfortable paying more taxes after approving a $59.6 million capital project only two years prior. Additionally, (2) we heard from community members that purchasing the land and demolishing all structures for the construction of a parking lot was seen as ‘unnecessary’. While the need for additional parking seems undeniable, especially witnessing the numerous school community events and contests that spill onto our neighborhood streets, the District does not have an immediate project slated for the space. Rather, the District considers this a potential ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity and desires to involve the community in identifying potential uses. While additional parking would be helpful, other alternatives may be considered based on school community feedback.
 
New Logo
The Maine-Endwell Central School District will be unveiling our new logo in the coming weeks. The Board of Education, Superintendent, and Director of Athletics, convened the project last summer.

The impetus of the project centered around two key objectives; (1) to unify the logo as multiple variations have been used over the years and (2) use a logo that is representative of a Spartan. For years, different Spartan heads, different variations of yellow and blue, and different font styles have been used in various forms from school publications, uniforms, team apparel, and community groups.

Winning the Little League World Series last year highlighted the magnitude of community pride and connection. Unification of our logo has more to do with creating a shared connection than rebranding our image.
 
While our new logo will be utilized throughout the District and school community, the transition will be gradual. For the next several years, the District will transition the new the logo as needed. For example, athletic uniforms will transition once they are scheduled for replacement – which could take several years to occur.
 
I wish everyone a restful and relaxing summer and hope that you all have an opportunity to spend quality time with your children, family, and friends.

 
Very Sincerely,
Jason R. Van Fossen 
 

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