A news report from WETM, Channel 18 Elmira, NY, with interview from school board president, reveals questionable practices over invoices and vendor payments in Elmira City school district. Thousands of dollars were not accounted for. Read more>>
According to the Superintendent’s office, the Dec 14, 2010 Executive Session vote on the Wind Turbine component of the Johnson Controls energy management program for WVCSD has been tabled until the BOE meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.
The proposed wind turbine at Sanfordville Elementary School is one project in the District’s planned comprehensive energy savings program. A wind turbine information session will be held on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm at the Warwick Valley Middle School Cafetorium, with a Public Hearing on the wind turbine at 7:00 pm. A regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education will follow at 7:30 pm. Click here for more info wind_turbine_Q_As
Questions that do NOT appear on the attached Q & A include the following:
- In an environment of scarce resources, how can the district justify its invest in wind energy now?
- How many companies responded to the RFP the district prepared?
- Why was Johnson Controls selected as the WVCSD energy vendor?
- How was Northern Power selected as the wind turbine supplier?
- Who will own the wind turbine upon its installation?
- Who paid for the trip to New Haven, Connecticut, on Nov. 18, 2010 to view the installation of the Northern Power wind turbine?
Group Formed to Engage Warwick Citizens in Solutions to School Budget Shortfall
Warwick, NY – December 13, 2010 – Like so many school districts in the state of New York and throughout the country, Warwick is facing the challenges of budget shortfalls, which often mean closing facilities, reducing the number of teachers, limiting sporting events, curtailing after school activities, and deleting programs. In an environment that demands that we simultaneously address rising operating costs and diminishing worldwide competitiveness, we cannot afford either option. Yet, the district recently announced its intention to close one of Warwick’s elementary schools as part of the plan to plug a budget shortfall.
The Parent Information Network (PIN) was formed to organize and inform concerned Warwick residents regarding the facts and figures, so the community may arrive at more informed decisions about what must be done to maintain the health and efficacy of our school system. The PIN was also formed to prepare and further inform the members of the Board of Education about alternatives for enhancing the quality of education while also reducing operating costs in such a way as to avoid some of the more drastic cuts currently under consideration. Upcoming BOE meetings will address the entire Warwick Valley Central School District with proposed investments in technology, shuttering of facilities, transportation & logistics, redistricting, core curricula, and other issues.
The recently formed PIN aims to ensure – before the often irreversible and damaging decision to close a facility is made – that all alternatives have been fully explored and analyzed. The PIN will be recommending areas for the BOE members to focus on, including demographic trends, collective bargaining contracts, cost-cutting and revenue-generating measures.
Beyond the benefits to Warwick’s youth of a robust school district (and to property values of all residents with or without school-aged children) there is a broader benefit to be captured by taking the time to get this job done properly. According to the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, the United States ranked 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills. The US ranked 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics. Boosting US scores for reading, math and science by 25 points over the next 20 years, the study predicted, would result in a gain of 41 trillion dollars for the United States economy over the lifetime of the generation born in 2010, the OECD said.
Do you have a question or comment that you would like to share with others in the community? PIN needs feedback and comments from parents at all four elementary schools, in order for the data to be valuable. We have task forces established for financial, transportation, data validity, alternative courses of action, and media. Contact the following parents if you are ready to become involved, hands on, in the process. PIN will be publishing a special Facebook page and Blog.
The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce expresses its support of Pine Island Elementary School remaining open. The school has been the center of our growing community for over 80 years. On behalf of the long time residents, farmers and businesses, and growing number of new merchants, the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce strongly believes the closing of Pine Island Elementary School would adversely affect the viability of our hamlet during what are already difficult economic times.
January 2010, WENY-TV Elmira. After the NY State Comptroller’s Office discovered irregularities in the spending habits of the Elmira School District while Dr. Ray Bryant was its superintendent, the school district hired a Rochester-based auditing firm. Here are the results of the interviews with some of the Elmira school board members, as provided by WENY-TV in Elmira, New York. This originally aired in January, 2010.