It is hard to believe that the 2018-19 school year will soon be coming to an end. As we warm up for spring, prepare our seniors for graduation, finish up our State testing and gear up for summer, it is time for us to look ahead at the next year. In an effort to ensure our students grow and learn to their fullest potential, the Board of Education and I have worked diligently to propose a school budget for the 2019-20 school year.
The proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year fully supports and protects the students, families, and taxpayers of the district. It stays within tax cap limitations, preserves programs for students, utilizes all available resources to keep costs at a minimum, explores cost savings options, strategically manages reserves and fund balances, and adds both an elementary school counselor and special education teacher to meet student needs.
As Superintendent, I want to reassure the Hadley-Luzerne School Community of our ongoing commitment to the social and emotional health of our students. The new elementary school counseling position is a part of our multi-faceted approach to meet student needs. The counselor’s role is to implement programs that address preparation, intervention, and strategies in all aspects of our students’ lives. The program teaches knowledge, attitude, and skills to excel academically, and prepares students for future careers, while also assisting with social and emotional development.
The district has been working to create programs in-house that meet the needs of all students rather than outsourcing at tremendous costs. The addition of a new special education teacher will not only cut costs on out of district placements but allow for HL students to be taught on campus, encouraging familiarity with our students.
The district has also been working with Hudson Headwaters Health Network to secure another health center on campus. This is in response to the closing of the Glens Falls Hospital school-based facility last summer. We feel it is imperative to ensure all students have readily available healthcare while on campus, above and beyond the school nurse.
Hadley-Luzerne is currently in the construction phase of a capital project that was approved in December of 2016. Currently, the roofs of the Stuart M. Townsend Elementary School are being repaired and we are renovating the auditorium and the HVAC system in the JR./SR. High School. The projected completion date for this capital project is September of 2019.