Superintendent Message

Superintendent Message


Mr. Timothy R. Ryan
Timothy R. Ryan
18 Juliand Street
Bainbridge, NY 13733

Message from the Superintendent

June Message

It’s hard to believe the school year has come to an end.  What a year it has been!  Not only did our students continue to learn, I believe we all learned a tremendous amount this spring!  This has been a school year of learning, struggle, uncertainty and challenges we never anticipated.

This issue of the Blue and White is all about celebrations.  I would like to dedicate my column for this issue to celebrating all of our BG parents and guardians.  You were thrust into the role of home school instructor and charged with assisting your child(ren) as he/she entered a virtual world of learning.  A whole new frontier for many.  This new way of learning and instruction was not without it challenges.  We had many families without an internet connection and parents working long hours only to face school work with their child when they returned home.  Exhaustion, frustration and struggles ensued.

I heard from many of you and how burned out you were in trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy, while keeping the instruction moving forward.  You all did an outstanding job!  I wish to praise each and every one of you!  I also wish to “thank you” for working with the school during these unchartered times.  

And finally, this summer the BG schools will continue to deliver meals to our families throughout the months of July and August.  If you haven’t signed up to receive meals, please call Billie Reigles at 967-6331.

The Capital Project continues to move along.  We are still on target to wrap things up in early fall.  Our new fitness center is nearly finished!

Please take the summer to catch your breath and get some rest.  The district has formed a “re-opening committee” to craft plans for hopefully bringing the students safely back to campus in the fall, and what that might look like.

Thank you again for working with us during these tough times.  Enjoy your summer,

Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

A Letter from the Superintendent

June 4, 2020

Dear BG Community:

I hope this letter finds all of you healthy and safe!  This has been a historic spring for all of us.  Our family members have had to become homeschool teachers, the district has had to shift to virtual instruction, and the school district has prepared and delivered 18,000 meals for our students since COVID-19 forced us to live differently!

This year’s school budget has been the most difficult to prepare in any that I have worked on.  I wanted to take some time to explain the drivers of the $20,167,516 budget, and that we are proposing a 2.4% tax levy increase (not exceeding the tax cap) for the 2020-2021 school budget. This would increase your taxes by $4.00/month on a $100,000 assessment. While the overall budget is up 7% from last year, this has been offset by additional building aid and the use of reserves and fund balance.  We have been working on the budget since November of last year and looked at it from many angles to see how we could be sensitive to our tax payers, but put out a product that will support our students.

There are several factors we have had to account for during this budget season.  These factors are:
*flat aid
*possible additional aid cuts of up to 20% throughout the 20-21 school year.  For BG, this would be an additional loss of up to $1.6 million.
*health insurance increase of $315,000
*increase debt service payment of $648,716(offset by aid the following year)
*delay to the budget process and needed information due to the coronavirus

Please be assured, we have imposed significant cuts of nearly $800,000 before presenting the budget to the community.  Through attrition and cuts we have lost 6 staff positions.

I would also like to remind the BG community to remind all taxpayers that this year, the school budget vote is via mail-in or drop off ballot.  This is a huge change and undertaking.  The district must receive your mail-in ballot by Tuesday, June 9th at 5:00 p.m.  You can drop off your ballot at Guilford Elementary School or at the Jr-Sr High School on Tuesday the 9th between the hours of 8:00-5:00 p.m.  Please remember that ballots need to be returned in the signed ballot envelope and absentee ballot information is available on the school website.

We have two board of education seats open.  Jeanne Shields is the only candidate on the ballot with included lines for write-in candidates.  Each taxpayer may vote for two people.

And finally….please remember, a budget is just that, a budget.  We must prepare for next year’s known expenses and also the unknown expenses due to aid loss or Covid-19. Any money not used next year, rolls over into the following year and helps to balance that budget or fund reserves.

Thank you for your continued support of the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District.  Please give me a call with any budget questions you might have at 967-6321.

Sincerely yours,
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

February/March Message

The school year is humming along and we have passed the mid-year mark at BG.  Students are traveling through the second semester and spring is on the horizon (hopefully).

You may have noticed work in the school buildings centered on new interior and exterior doors, new windows in the Jr-Sr High fitness facility, and new unit ventilators in the classrooms.  The Capital project continues to move along with an end date of this fall for completion.  As we get closer to completion we will update the community on public use of the fitness center.  We are currently ordering the equipment, paint and flooring are being completed, and new doors are being installed.  This is a very exciting time to be a student at BG!

Each year I receive several questions regarding the breakfast cereals served in our cafeterias to students each morning, and is there too much sugar in the cereal.  While we do often serve Lucky Charms, Coco Pebbles and Honey Nut Cheerios, we do offer other options if a child wishes.  Some of the constraints the district faces with the breakfast cereal choices are:  we receive federal funding, so we are directed to make our cereal selections from a provided list, we have provided Cheerios in the past and very few children select this option, and we are forced to buy an entire case which has then gone to waste, and many children will choose not to eat breakfast if we don’t provide these options.  This creates the question of, is it better to have a bowl of cereal with milk that might have sugar in it, or attend the school day on an empty stomach if you don’t like the other provided options?  We are proud to be able to offer free breakfast to all of our students at BG.

Recently I attended the annual Legislative Breakfast held at the Silo Restaurant in Greene with our Board of Education members, and our student representative to the board, senior Hannah Sprow.   The breakfast is put on each year by the Chenango County School Boards Association for area school boards, superintendents and legislators.  This is an excellent opportunity for educators to communicate our district’s needs to our area legislators, and to learn about their thoughts and the political climate in Albany.  
Hannah spoke to the audience, about the need and the importance of increased funding for schools to provide special education services for our students.
And finally, please don’t hesitate to email me your district questions and suggestions.  I like to incorporate them into upcoming issues of the Blue and White because often times, these are questions that others are wondering about.
The door is always open or email me at [email protected]

December/January Message

Can you believe we are already into the second quarter of the 2019-2020 school year?  

It has been a whirlwind of a fall with construction continuing, academics and fall athletics.  Congratulations to our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams for both qualifying for sectional play and our girls’ varsity volleyball team for winning the MAC Championship and finishing runner-up in Section IV.  Another great season for all of our teams!

Work continues in our buildings and around the campus for Phase II of the Capital Project.  The new heated sidewalks have been activated at the Jr/Sr HS campus, as well as new scoreboards in the MPR, locker rooms are completed and work continues in the new fitness center.  Also at the Jr/Sr HS, work begins on replacing the unit ventilators in each of the classrooms.  Most of this work will occur during second shift, however, some classrooms may have to be temporarily moved to other rooms while this process occurs.  At Greenlawn Elementary summer abatement work occurred, and the new nurse’s office has been completed. And finally, Guilford Elementary had new boilers installed, work done in the gymnasium and a new stage curtain installed.

Our After School Childcare Program at Greenlawn Elementary continues to be very busy!  The program is held each day after school that school is in session for students in grades preK-6th grade.  The program currently has 40 children enrolled in it. 

My coffees with the community have been going very well.  I am learning a lot and getting to meet many great people.  I have been presented with lots of questions, concerns and suggestions.  If you haven’t attended and are able to attend on in the future, I would love the chance to meet and discuss with you your thoughts on our district.  

We are moving into school budget season and the next few district newsletters will provide our community members and taxpayers with information on the upcoming school budget vote in May.  We welcome you to come to school with budget questions or attend one of our Board of Education meetings to hear a budget presentation. 

Please continue to email, call and stop by the district office with any questions you might have. 

Sincerely yours,

Timothy R. Ryan, Superintendent of Schools  

October/November Message

      Welcome fall! It seems the warm summer days have given way to chilly evenings and foggy mornings.  Our school year is off and running! What a tremendous opening we had this year.  We continue to be under construction as our Capital Project continues to move forward.  Our sports teams are enjoying much success and the classrooms are buzzing with the excitement of a new school year. 
      You may have noticed some changes at our buildings if you have visited recently.  Most notably, the new Raptor Visitor System. This system will scan visitors for child custody issues, sex offender status or other notifications deemed not safe to enter the building. All visitors to any of the three buildings will need a driver’s license or other form of photo ID.  The Raptor System will scan your ID and print out a visitor badge to wear as you travel to your location.  To clarify some recent questions:  You only need to bring your license or photo ID the first time visiting each building, as the system will store your picture and information.  With each follow-up visit simply state your name and the system will recognize you.  If your ID doesn’t have a photo of you, we will have webcams available to take your picture and enter it into the system.  This new system is one more layer of security the district has added to keep our students and staff safe.
      A huge thank you to all parents picking up students during dismissal at the upper soccer field parking lot.  This has been a change this year due to safety concerns and congestion on Juliand Street.  I am pleased to say the process is going very well, and I thank you for your flexibility with this change.
      The construction continues with our Capital Project.  Construction is slated to continue through the fall of 2020.  While we are a bit behind where we had hoped to be at this time, we are still on schedule to finish next fall.  This past summer work included new floors, locker rooms, wiring, asbestos abatement, the starting of the new fitness center, and a new nurse’s office in the Greenlawn building.  Work continues during the school year with little, if any disruption to the school day.
      Calling all Veterans….  Our third annual Veterans Day breakfast will be Friday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Greenlawn Elementary School cafeteria.  We will be having a short program by our elementary students following breakfast.  Please invite all veterans and have them RSVP Sue Weibel at the school at 967-6321. 
      With each issue of the Blue and White we feature a BG alumni.  If you know of anyone that the district should feature, we welcome your suggestions.
      I would like to invite all of you to email, stop in or call me during the year.  I welcome your ideas, questions and concerns.  We truly are a school community that thrives on the investment of all.  Have an outstanding 2019-2020 school year!

Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

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