WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
I hope that this message finds you well and enjoying a wonderful summer. As usual, the summer has been busy and has passed too quickly here on campus.
I cannot write another sentence without acknowledging the loss of Hunter Scofield and how his loss brought our community together this summer. It is incumbent upon each of us to keep Hunter’s memory and lasting impression alive in our school community. Out of this incredible tragedy has come an opportunity for our school community to emphasize kindness, community, respect, and service in programs and activities that honor Hunter and assure his legacy and his memory. I know that this year and for years to come, the wisdom of a sophomore, taken from us too soon, will inspire and influence our school community.
I am particularly excited about the upcoming school year. Not only because I know that we are a strong and positive school community but because I know that over the past two years, we have invested heavily in professional development focused on implementing the Common Core State Standards, analyzing data in support of improved instruction, and helping all students succeed. We are beginning to see the return on that investment in terms of student progress and achievement. Our students are rising to the challenge and our instructional staffs are doing a wonderful job supporting them. I am grateful for the professionalism and commitment of our instructional staff!
We could not do all that we do without an exceptional support staff! From our bus drivers and monitors to our secretaries, teacher aides, assistants, cafeteria staff, cleaners, custodians, groundskeeper, mechanics, maintenance, technicians and nurses, our support staffs work tirelessly in support of the success of our students and our school. I am grateful for the professionalism and hard work of each member of our support staff!
In October, we will have a do over of sorts. As you know, in May, residents voted down the grade reconfiguration proposition by seven votes. The closeness of the vote and an outpouring of interest in a re-vote from parents and others have resulted in the school board proposing another vote on the proposition to take place on October 21st. Most of the details about the scope of the project are unchanged. Of course, some costs will increase due to inflation, but we still feel that the capital work necessary can be completed without borrowing or impacting our reserves. I hope that each of you will actively participate in the information process this fall.
Of course, a new school year brings with it an opportunity for each of us to welcome and support new staff. We welcome Jennifer Mann (Physical Education), Ashley Osborne (School Counselor), Stephanie Steinhart (School Business/Treasurer), Robert Foley (Transportation Supervisor), Christopher Mitchell (Bus Driver/Cleaner), Tonya Clothier (Bus Monitor), Thomas Flanagan (Cleaner), Amy Crooks (Teaching Assistant) and Janie Stoddard (Teaching Assistant). Carrie Seaman will join us full time this year for Family and Consumer Science, Neil Allen was promoted to Head Custodian, Chrissandra Moulton was promoted to Custodian, and Theresa Backus recently returned to the district as a Bus Driver.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer recess. I look forward to seeing each of you soon and I look forward to another successful school year!
SCHOOL TAX COLLECTOR’S NOTICE
Having received the Tax Roll for the collection of the 2014-2015 taxes of the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District, said taxes will be received as follows: September 2 – November 3, 2014, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Glens Falls National Bank, Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY. NO COLLECTION WILL BE MADE ON BANK HOLIDAYS. Taxes may be paid for 30 days from September 2, 2014 to October 1, 2014 without interest or penalties. On all such taxes remaining unpaid after October 1, 2014 a two percent (2%) penalty will be added to all taxes paid through November 3, 2014, at which time the books will be closed and the uncollected tax list will be forwarded to the County Treasurer. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX NOTICE DOES NOT RELIEVE A TAXPAYER OF LIABILITY TO PAY SAID TAX. TAX BILLS WILL BE MAILED BY SEPTEMBER 2, 2014. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR BILL WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL TAX COLLECTOR AT 696-2378 EXT.137.
If your taxes are in escrow your bank received a copy of the bill for payment.
The Class of 2016 is hosting a Car Wash and Can & Bottle Drive on Saturday August 30th from 9:00 am -12:00 noon in the H-L High School front parking lot. Please help support our fundraising efforts.
HLCS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Hadley-Luzerne Central School District is accepting applications for substitute bus drivers, bus monitors, substitute monitors, and substitute cleaners. Applicants should complete an HL Employment Application on our website HLCS.org. Substitute bus drivers should complete a NYS school bus driver application and submit three references. An application DS-870 can be obtained at the Office of the Superintendent, Stuart M. Townsend Middle School, 27 Hyland Drive, Lake Luzerne or on the NYS Department of Motor Vehicle or HLCS.org website: www.dmv.ny.gov/forms/ds870.pdf – Applicants should hold a CDL license with passenger and air brake endorsement; must have completed current school bus driver 30-hour course; must possess ability to meet all 19-A requirements , must also have an “S” endorsement and all NYSED and NYSDOT requirements to drive a school bus.