Dear Parents and Members of the Lowville Academy School Community,
As we enter the middle of March, we begin to anticipate warmer temperatures and the many outdoor activities to be enjoyed with the onset of spring weather. April is a
busy month that includes spring vacation, NYS testing and a new athletic season. The English Language Arts assessments will be administered April 11-12 to our grades 3-8
students, and the Math tests will follow on May 2-3. Teachers, students and administrators have been working hard and are prepared for the tests and ready to meet high
standards and expectations.
April also brings to an end the school budget development process for the Board of Education. The school community is invited to attend the budget hearing on May 7th
with the district vote on the budget and school board election to follow on Tuesday, May 15th. Look for next month’s newsletter for a detailed analysis of the proposed
2018-19 school budget.
BOE Budget Adoption Scheduled for April
The Board of Education is on track to adopt the 2018-19 budget at the April 9th meeting. While Governor Cuomo has proposed a moderate increase in school aid for the
upcoming year, this increase is contingent upon legislative approval. In the executive budget, the governor’s proposal provides for a modest increase in foundation aid and
continuance of Community Schools funding. As a result of this increase and additional cost saving measures, the Board of Education is projecting a small increase in taxes
for the upcoming school year. Any increase will stay below the allowable tax levy limit per the state’s calculation.
Empire Zone/Pilot Update
During the first years of the Pilot, the Board of Education carefully planned for the use of these dollars through a strategic plan. This plan was focused on four major
concepts: tax stability, instructional improvements, debt reductions and a long term plan for the improvement and maintenance of the facility. The district continues to
rely heavily on this revenue source, as indicated in the past, the district retains a substantial reserve to assist in stabilizing taxes and maintaining instructional programs.
During the days leading to the budget adoption meeting, the Board will make important decisions in providing the school district with the necessary financial means to
continue its long record of academic success and fiscal responsibility. Please know that we will work hard to make certain that the final school tax bill in September will be
first and foremost an investment in a high quality education for our children.
The success LACS has achieved begins with strong community support. Your commitment to the young people of our school is greatly appreciated and makes an important
difference in the opportunities students will have in the years ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have a question or need information. Thank you for
your support and consideration in this important matter.
School will not be in session for students on Friday, March 23 to allow staff to participate in professional development on the topic of school safety. Classes will resume on
Monday, March 26.
Parent Safety Committee
The district is forming a Parent Safety Committee. The purpose of the committee is to discuss areas of concern that parents have related to school safety and to work
along with the district to find solutions. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm in the elementary cafeteria. Please contact the district office at
315-376-9000 if you would like to be a part of this committee.
Cheryl R. Steckly
Superintendent of Schools
School Board Election News
The LACS Board of Education includes nine individuals serving three-year terms. The current Board of Education consists of: Thomas Schneeberger
President, Rebecca Kelly Vice President, James Farquhar, Jeffery Hellinger, Stephanie Houser Fouse, Michael Judd, Paul Kelly, Dr. Steven Lyndaker, and
Any resident of the Lowville Academy school district who meets state qualifications is eligible to run for the Board of Education. The Board member seats
of Mr. Jeffery Hellinger, Mr. Michael Judd, and Dr. Steven Lyndaker will be up for election in the May 15 budget vote. Individuals interested in becoming a
candidate for election to the Board of Education may obtain a nominating petition in the district’s central administrative office during normal business
hours. Completed petitions must be returned to the district office by 4:30 p.m., April 16, 2018. Petitions must be signed by a minimum of 25 qualified
voters of the district with the specific seat identified upon submittal.
Absentee Ballots Available
Absentee ballots for the annual budget vote and school board election will be available for any qualified voter who otherwise is unable to vote in person
on May 15, 2018.
A qualified voter is eligible for an absentee ballot when he or she is:
Absent from district when polls are open due to business, occupation or studies;
Confined in hospital or jail;
Chronically ill or has a physical disability;
Absent due to vacation - whether actively working or retired
Qualified voters desiring an absentee ballot will need to complete an application. Applications will be available beginning on April 17, and may be
obtained by contacting the school district clerk at 315-376-9100.
Applications must be returned to the district clerk as follows:
By 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 if absentee ballot is to be mailed to applicant
By 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 14 if absentee ballot is to be picked up at school by the applicant.
All absentee ballots must be returned to the district clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 for the ballot to be counted.
Qualified voters with disabilities who are named on the county list will automatically be sent an absentee ballot. Please contact the School District Clerk,
Sandra M. Rivers, if you have questions or would like additional information regarding the absentee ballot procedure. She can be reached at 315-376-9100.