Superintendent Message

Superintendent Message

Superintendent

Mr. Timothy R. Ryan
Timothy R. Ryan
BGCSD
18 Juliand Street
Bainbridge, NY 13733
607-967-6321
 

Message from the Superintendent

June Message

Recently, the district found out that our very own Bainbridge-Guilford High School is ranked 208th within New York! There are approximately 1200 public high schools in the state. Statewide, students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Bainbridge-Guilford High School is 35% and our graduation rate for last year was 92%. A huge thank you to all district staff, our BG families, and the students for achieving this honor. We are proud of you!

The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District has enjoyed welcoming back all students to five days per week instruction. Starting in April, BG halls were again buzzing with students on campus each weekday.  This has been very uplifting for the students, staff and families in the BG community.  

This has been a tremendous effort by the administration and staff. Our number one goal is to keep our students and staff safe, and we will continue to adhere to the strict safety guidelines that we have in place.  All COVID protocols will continue to be enforced.

The social/emotional well-being of our students and staff are a top priority. This has been a tremendously difficult year for everyone and any bit of support and “normalcy” the district can offer is of the utmost importance. In order to fill any academic gaps created during the pandemic, BG will be offering summer school this July for students in grades K-8. Summer school will run from Tuesday, July 6th through Thursday, July 29th with no Friday classes.

Budget season is winding down. The district and Board of Education would like to thank the entire Bainbridge-Guilford School Community for their continuing support of the school budget. This has been an extremely difficult budget year with the unexpected costs surrounding COVID amounting to a whopping $252,000!

In recent weeks you might have heard of the stimulus funds coming to school districts.  While there is a specified amount coming to each district, the funds are grant-based and do not impact the general fund budget. The funds will be used to supplement the budget, NOT supplant. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available as well as a community forum to let people weigh in on spending ideas for these funds.

Graduation will be upon us shortly. More details will be forthcoming as the June 26th date gets closer.

Please take the time to enjoy the summer season and thank you all for your flexibility during this difficult year.

Sincerely,
Timothy R. Ryan, Superintendent


April/May

We are heading out of winter and looking forward to spring.  While this hasn’t been the school year any of us hoped for, great things continue to happen on the BG campus.  Our students are busy during their days on and off campus.

The district continues to navigate through the pandemic and strive for a safe environment for our students and staff.  A huge thank you goes out to the Chenango County Department of Health and our local DCMO BOCES who we work very closely with.   Their guidance during this trying time has been unending.  

We are excited to announce that the B-G District will be returning all students to campus, five days a week. We have been doing this in phases so we can work out any wrinkles as we transition to all students coming back. On March 1st we welcomed back all of our Kindergarten students to campus four days per week and on March 15th, all of our 2nd grade students came back four days per week. On April 12th we will welcome back Pre-K, Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 12. ALL STUDENTS in ALL GRADES will return 5 days a week the week of April 19th

BG athletes are excited to see our sports teams back in action.  Our bowling, basketball and indoor track teams have wrapped up a very successful winter season.  This has been a tremendous effort by everyone to bring sports safely back to campus.

In the coming months we will be wrapping up the district’s multi-year Capital Project with work at the Jr-Sr HS.  The final pieces of the construction project will be to replace the bleachers in the MPR, repair the floor, paint the walls and replace the wall mats at each end.  The new bleachers will have handrails incorporated for people to more safely navigate up and down the bleachers.  We will also be stripping the MPR gymnasium floor back to raw wood, replacing the damaged boards, and repainting the lines.  The timeline for completion will depend on the availability of some of the supplies.

And finally, we have been working for several months now on the 2021-2022 school budget.  The financial future for schools is forecasted to be bleak for the next three to five years.  The BG schools will be eliminating several positions due to attrition and have been trimming where possible.  There will be more information on the BG school budget in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support during this very difficult school year.  I can’t thank our families enough for working with us as we look to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sincerely, 
Timothy R. Ryan
 

February/March Message

We are heading out of winter and looking forward to spring. While this hasn’t been the school year any of us hoped for, great things continue to happen on the BG campus.   Our students are busy during their days on and off campus.

The district continues to navigate through the pandemic and strive for a safe environment for our students and staff. A huge thank you goes out to the Chenango County Department of Health and our local DCMO BOCES who we work very closely with. Their guidance during this trying time has been unending.  

Starting March 1, if we can safely carry it off, we will be bringing the Guilford Elementary students back to campus four days per week. The district has begun planning for this event.   Our school reopening committee has met to discuss the process of how we will be bringing students back and make sure we have thought this through from every angle. There are many factors to consider in order to do this. The social distancing of students on the bus, in the classroom and in the cafeteria. The creation of additional classrooms for learning space and making sure each student has his/her own school supplies. Much more info will be coming home as we move closer to this date.  Again, we will not be doing this if COVID numbers spike or we can’t do this safely.

In the coming months we will be wrapping up the district’s multi-year Capital Project with work at the Jr-Sr HS. The final pieces of the construction project will be to replace the bleachers in the MPR, repair the floor, paint the walls and replace the wall mats at each end. The new bleachers will have hand-rails incorporated for people to more safely navigate up and down the bleachers. We will also be stripping the MPR gymnasium floor back to raw wood, replacing the damaged boards, repainting the lines, and replacing the mats hanging at each end. The timeline for completion will depend on the availability of some of the supplies.

And finally, we have been working for several months now on the 2021-2022 school budget. The financial future for schools is forecasted to be bleak for the next three to five years. The BG schools will be eliminating several positions due to attrition and have been trimming where possible. There will be more information on the BG school budget in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support during this very difficult school year. I can’t thank our families enough for working with us as we look to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sincerely,
 
Timothy R. Ryan

December/January Message

Happy Holidays from everyone at BG!  It is hard to believe the holiday season is upon us.   While this year, things might be a bit different than holidays of the past, please take some time to share the season safely with your loved ones. 
 
After four years of hard work and construction, the BG Capital Improvement Project is complete!  The final pieces to be completed were the front doors of the Jr-Sr HS and the side entrances to the business office and the district office.   Once we have moved beyond the restrictions of the COVID pandemic, we look forward to showing off all the improvements.  

I am pleased to announce we are in the second quarter of the school year.  On Monday, November 9th, we had 51 students return to campus to participate in the “hybrid model.”  These were students who had originally selected the fully virtual option in the beginning of the school year.  We are excited to have them back on campus.  Every 10 weeks during the school year, the district will assess if we are able to bring more students back to campus, and possibly bring students back more frequently.  The biggest limiting factor in this is our limit on available space to make sure we are following the socially distancing guidelines. Our BG custodial staff is doing an outstanding job at keeping our buildings clean and safe for our students and staff.  A huge thank you to all of them!

We are continuing to discuss our ability to deliver meals to students’ homes like we did up until November 4th.  We will continue to see if we can return to meal delivery, but for the months of November and December curbside pick-up will continue.

Please remember that it is important to complete the student health screen every morning for each student.  We are continuing to streamline this process to make it as easy and fast as possible for parents and students.  Thank you to all our families for your flexibility during these difficult COVID times.  

My virtual “coffees with the community” will continue throughout the year.  I am pleased to have had 120 participants in my coffee in late September.  I feel these are a great way to keep in communication with the BG community.

Please have a safe holiday season.  As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me at school at 967-6321, email me at [email protected]..

Sincerely,
Timothy Ryan
Superintendent of Schools
 

October/November Message

WE DID IT!!  After 6 months of speculation, planning and hard work, the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District successfully opened its doors to students again on Thursday, September 10, 2020.  

This fall we welcomed 81% of our student body back to campus, and 19% of our students are learning remotely from home.  BG is using a “hybrid” model this fall which means we have some students learning at home fully virtual, and the remaining students are split into group A and group B with each group on campus for two days of in-person instruction and home for 3 days of virtual instruction.  Since virtual and in-person instruction occur daily, the district has the ability to switch to full virtual instruction at home if weather conditions or an increase in COVID cases warrants it.  Currently, Wednesday is being used for “deep cleaning” all of the classrooms and areas of the buildings, as well as office hours for students, AIS support and advanced and college classes.  BG has about 350 students on campus at one time.  We are maintaining social distancing and all students and staff wear masks.

Our three year Capital Project is winding down with just a few finishing touches left.  Please notice the return and restoration of the historic lights in front of Guilford elementary.  These lights are nearly 100 years old and were originally gas. They have been converted to electric and will now light the way for another 100 years.  They have been painstakingly restored in Cooperstown, NY.

Our meal delivery for BG students continues with around 300 of our students having meals delivered to their homes.  If you are interested in having meals delivered for your child the days he/she is home, please call Billie at 967-6331.

You may have heard that school districts in New York State are facing possible aid reductions of 20% for the current school year.   For BG, this equates to around $2.4 million dollars.  If this occurs, this will be a huge hit to our district.  The board of education, district finance committee and administrators are currently meeting to determine the best course of action for our district.  Please look for more information on our possible aid loss in the very near future.

And finally, parents please make sure you are logging in each morning to the school website whether your child’s temp is below/above 100 deg. F and completing the screening questions.  In the very near future, we will have an app for this process that communicates with PowerSchool and will make this process much more streamlined.

Enjoy the upcoming autumn and cooler temps.  While not a traditional school year at BG, it will still be a great one!  Proud to be a bobcat!


Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

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Time: Jan 8, 2021 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
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