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Mr. Timothy R. Ryan
Timothy R. Ryan
18 Juliand Street
Bainbridge, NY 13733
Message from the Superintendent
Finally spring has arrived!  It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is just around the corner and graduation will soon be here!  This year seems to have flown by, the future holds much excitement for the BG school district.

In previous issues of the Blue and White I discussed the sale of timber on the property on Searles Hill which the school district owns.  I am happy to report a high bid for the lumber of $67,000!  Removal of the logs should begin shortly.  This has been a great experience for the district.  BG students will continue to be involved in the process by working with DEC on a reforestation plan for the land and field trips will once again begin to the property once the logging company is done.  The money from the sale of the timber will be used to supplement our brand new welding program at the Jr-Sr HS and the purchase of curriculum materials for our elementary students.

Much time this winter and spring has been devoted to the topic of “school safety.”  In February, the BG district received a threat over social media of someone planning to “shoot up the school.”  In working with law enforcement this threat was deemed “non-credible.”  However, with the Florida school shooting taking place right before the threat to BG, it created a heightened sense of anxiety and uneasiness.  Many meetings and discussions took place on campus to review what we have in place, and polish all of our practices.  Please know we take anything to do with school safety very seriously.  

The district held a very successful Safety Forum in the Jr-Sr HS school auditorium with nearly 250 people in attendance.  This forum was to give our district parents and community members a chance to learn what we do here at BG in the name of safety, and also allow for questions and suggestions.  We learned a great deal that night and have already implemented some of the suggestions brought to us by parents and students.

With all of our district buildings being under renovations this summer we will not be able to offer the “summer feeding program” in Guilford.  We will still offer the summer feeding program in Bainbridge for all district residences.  This will be held at the Episcopal Church each weekday.  More information will be going home shortly.  The Bainbridge summer recreation program will also take place at the Episcopal Church.  

As we near the start of the Capital Project this summer there is much to be done in preparation.  All school buildings will be closed and off limits for use for the summer months.  This summer’s work will consist of new roofs on each of the school buildings and the Guilford bus garage.  New playgrounds at the elementary buildings and a new handicap accessible front entrance to the Jr-Sr HS building.  The grounds for each of the buildings will also be under construction as we address drainage, parking, gradient and sidewalk issues.  We will keep you updated as the work commences. While this will be an inconvenience, the end result will be well worth it.

I would like to end with a huge thank you to Rosa’s Restaurant in Bainbridge for their generous donation to our After School Childcare Program.  Their support is greatly appreciated. Our after school program will continue for the 2018-2019 school year.  
We look forward to a very successful end to the schoolyear and a very bright future in Bobcat country!  Please email me at tryan@bgcsd.org with any questions or suggestions you might have.

      Timber! In previous Blue and White newsletters I wrote about the district harvesting the timber on our Searles Hill property. We have retained forester Mike Gray to lead us in this process. At this point it has been determined that there is about 70,000 board feet of harvestable lumber. The stand of trees is predominantly red oak. We are at the point now of accepting bids, and continue to move forward with this exciting endeavor. Please look for additional information in upcoming issues of the Blue and White.
      Our work on the district’s capital project continues.  We are currently fine tuning plans for the new fitness center, determining the effect of the upcoming project on summer activities and student placement, and submitting architectural plans to New York State for approval.  We are being told that work should commence later this coming spring and will last for approximately two years.  Upcoming community coffees, board of education meetings and newsletters will be used to keep you informed of progress with this project.
      On Friday, January 12, 2018 we held a celebration in the Jr-Sr High School gymnasium for our New York State Champion Volleyball team.  Team members were presented with jackets, Coach Tami Selfridge received a plaque for being named Section 4 Coach of the year, and team captains Miranda Anderson and Abigail Selfridge unveiled the state champion banner which will now hang in the gymnasium.  The entire BG community is very proud of our volleyball team.
      I would like to recognize and thank the Raymond Corporation in Greene.  Raymond is donating welding stanchions and equipment so that we can offer welding courses to our students in grades 9-12.  It is our hope this will begin second semester for our students.  The students and staff are very excited for this new program and none of this would be possible without the generosity of both the Raymond Corporation and the continued support of The Amphenol Corporation in Sidney for their generosity to our students over the years.
      It is almost time again for the New York State Assessments for students in grades 3-8. The past few years BG has had about 30% of our students district wide “opt-out” of taking these tests.  Unfortunately, this then creates data that is skewed and not as useful for the district.  The school uses this data to help in determining gaps in student learning, the formation of our RTI tier groups and academic support classes, as well as the purchase of educational support materials.  I have talked with many parents and understand the concerns associated with these assessments.  New York State has shortened the length of the tests and decreased the number of days and tried to listen to parent and teacher concerns.  Please continue to involve the district in your decision if you choose to opt your child out.
      The school year seems to fly by so quickly.  We continue to keep the Palmatier family in our thoughts over the loss of their son, Brandon.  Please reach out with any questions, suggestions or concerns you might have.  My email is tryan@bgcsd.org and on twitter @Timothy88346075.

December/January Message

The winter season and the holidays are just around the corner.  The staff and students at BG are working hard on our annual food drive and turkey drive.  It is important to recognize that not all of our friends and neighbors always have enough food on their tables.  If you are interested in contributing to this cause please call the school.

On Thursday, November 9, 2017 we recognized and celebrated our local veterans.  A hearty breakfast was served at Greenlawn Elementary school consisting of pancakes, bacon, eggs, hash browns, fruit and turnovers to our 51 veterans.  Each veteran also left with a gift bag full of cookies.  This is one of the most important and special events we do during the year as a district.  This has become an annual tradition at BG and we look forward to welcoming even more Veterans next year.

Recently the district’s auditing firm, Raymond Preusser, CPA, P.C., conducted an audit of the financial statements, governmental activities, each major fund and the fiduciary funds of the district.  The auditing firm feels that the financial statements referred to present fairly, in all material aspects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, each major fund, and the fiduciary fund information of the BG district.  The audit produced no deficiencies in internal controls or noncompliance issues.  This is great news for the district and a big thank you to our business office staff.

With the change of the seasons comes the change in sports seasons.  We at BG are proud of all of our fall athletes.  Every sports team had successful campaigns with each varsity team moving on to sectional play.  Our girls’ varsity volleyball team was crowned Section IV champions!  Congratulations to coach Tami Selfridge and an outstanding group of young ladies.  BG will also welcome back indoor track for the first time in many years.  We currently have 30 students signed up for the team!

Our technology team, led by Scott Graham, continues to navigate through the process of utilizing the Smart Bonds money our district was awarded.  BG will receive over one million dollars.  However, to receive this funding the district has to update our technology plan, create a spending plan, upgrade the district’s infrastructure, hold public hearings and gain BOE approval.  After all of this, we submit our plan to the state on December 8th and wait around 8-10 months for approval.  This is a lengthy process but well worth it as we continue to move in the direction of a 1:1 device initiative.

We have hired licensed forester Mike Gray who has begun the process of surveying the district’s land on Searles Hill.  The school district owns about 40 acres of timbered land and will be looking to Mike to guide us through the process of having the timber harvested and sold.  Once the timber has been sold the district will move forward with a forestry plan to manage the upkeep and sustainability of the property.  We will utilize district staff and students to assist in this process.  As this land was a gift to the school it can never be sold.

Our afterschool childcare is up and running.  The ASCP operates each day from 3:00-5:30 p.m. each day that school is in session.  The students are able to work on school work, while also having time on the playground and structured play time.  A snack is also provided to each student.  The district is hoping to have above 30 students attending the program each day in order to sustain the program.  We currently have about 20 students participating.  We will continue to offer this service to our families and students until the end of the first semester.  However, if our enrollment doesn’t increase we might have to postpone the program until next fall.  The program is open to students in grades preK-6.

The students have completed the first 10 weeks of the school year and we march on to the second quarter.  Our first year working with Lourdes Hospital is going very well.  Lourdes is our medical provider and also provides mental health services, athletic trainer services and substitute nurses as needed.  We look forward to continuing this relationship in the future. Have a wonderful holiday season and please don’t hesitate to call the school at 967-6321 or email me at tryan@bgcsd.org with any questions, concerns or suggestions.  

Sincerely yours,

Timothy R. Ryan

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Ryan is on TWITTER!
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His account is @Timothy88346075. Follow his TWEETS as he travels the district visiting classrooms and events!

Join Superintendent Tim Ryan for Community Coffee Hours
Please Join us for coffee and treats during the school year!

September 15 at 8:00 AM - District Conference Room in the High School.
October 20 at 9:00 AM - Guilford School Cafeteria.
November 14 at 6:00 PM - District Conference Room in the High School.
January 19 at 9:00 AM - Guilford School Cafeteria.
March 16 at 8:00 AM - District Conference Room in the High School.
May 10 at 6:00 PM - District Conference Room in the High School. 
May 11 at 9:00 AM - Guilford School Cafeteria.

Central School District

18 Juliand Street
Bainbridge, NY 13733
Phone: 607.967.6300
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