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

It is hard to believe the school year is winding down.   It has been a great year for the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District.  Our students and staff have accomplished great things this year despite the continuation of the pandemic.  

Congratulations to our graduating seniors.  This time of year is bittersweet for us.  We are excited for our students to head off to college, or a career or the military, but we will miss all that they have brought to us as a bobcat.  The district is confident our students are graduating college and career ready.  Hats off to our students for their hard work and dedication.

Recently the taxpayers were asked to vote on our proposed school budget for the 2022-2023 school year.  An overwhelming response of “yes” was heard from our voters.  I thank you for your support of our district, students, and mission.  

On Wednesday, May 11th, the DCMO BOCES held its annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.  This Banquet recognizes a B-G student that has excelled in and out of the classroom.  The student that is recognized invites the teacher that has had a profound effect on his career while a student at B-G.  This year’s student was Ethan Gregory and the teacher/mentor he selected was Mr. Kevin Wehrli.  Congratulations Ethan and Kevin! 

In July, the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District will be hosting summer school again for our students in grades preK-8. Summer school will run Monday-Thursday starting Tuesday, July 5th and be half-days. Students will be served breakfast and lunch on campus prior to dismissal.   New this year, the district can offer transportation to families whose children ride the school bus during the regular school year.

And finally, thank you for your tremendous support for the B-G schools. The district greatly appreciates the community support we receive.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact me at the school.

Sincerely yours,
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools


April/May

Happy Spring!  We have been at work since November on the 2022-2023 school budget.  As most of us are familiar with what a school budget is, I wanted to briefly outline the process that the district goes through to develop a school budget before it is put out to voters.

So how does the school budget get built?
A good annual budget begins with sound estimates and well-supported budgetary assumptions. Spending levels and financial resources must be gauged as accurately as possible to ensure that planned services are properly funded. To develop sound estimates, the Superintendent and the School Business Official along with the administration and Board of Education, will gather and analyze as much data as possible. Sources of information used in preparing the budget include the following:
• Prior and current year budgets
• Prior and current year expenditures
• Current year revenue
• Debt service requirements, contracts, and other commitments
• Current economic conditions affecting revenue generation
• Revenue projections
• State and federal aid information-this often isn’t out until end of March, early April
• Collective bargaining agreements
• Multiyear capital plans
• Rate of inflation
• Tax and debt limit information, the district’s tax levy 
• Strategic plans-needs and wants for the district’s future
• Input from stakeholders including taxpayers 
 
Spending levels and financial resources must be accurately gauged at budget preparation time to ensure that planned services are properly funded.

Budget Calendar - The budget preparation process starts with the setting forth of the budget calendar. 
  • Budget Assumptions/Baseline Budget - The Superintendent and School Business Official prepare a list of "Budget Assumptions" which will guide the preparation of a preliminary "BASELINE" budget which will provide the initial estimate of the cost of maintaining all current programs, services, and personnel in the next fiscal year.
  • Budget presentations begin at each BOE meeting in January.
  • Budget Worksheets - The School Business Official and Superintendent meet with administrators and staff to determine wants and needs for the new budget. The administration will also look for cost savings in the current budget that could be implemented the following year.
  • Administrators submit their estimates and discuss their requests with the Superintendent of Schools. 
  • The district finance committee meets multiple times to review budget proposals and discuss any cost-saving measures or possible cuts.
  • Tentative Budget prepared - The School Business Official and the Superintendent use the information they have gathered from the staff.  This involves assessing whether the total building and program estimates of appropriations are greater than the estimated financial resources and then developing a budget proposal that provides necessary appropriations within the limits of those resources and meets the Superintendent's goals and objectives. 
  • Superintendent's Recommended Budget completed -The Superintendent presents the tentative/proposed budget (Superintendent's Recommended Budget) to the Board of Education.  Alterations and revisions may be necessary after the BOE submits their recommendations.
  • The Superintendent submits a final, polished copy to the Board of Education for approval. 
  • The Board of Education votes to adopt the proposed budget before presenting the school budget to the public for vote in May.   A successfully approved school budget is implemented July 1st of that year.
The Superintendent, School Business Official, Board of Education, and administration, invest a significant amount of time and effort into preparing the annual budget. It is often a very busy and stressful time.  However, it is not meant to be a solo effort, or a budget created by one or two people.   The district welcomes community input with this process.

In the coming weeks and months please look for more information on the school budget.  I will also be discussing the budget in the local newspapers and my coffee on April 26th at 6:00 p.m. via zoom.  The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District is YOUR district and I welcome your involvement in this process.  

Enjoy the coming of spring and please feel free to email me at [email protected] or call the district office at 607-967-6321.

Sincerely yours,
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

February/March Message

It is hard to believe the school year is half over already!  What a challenging year this has been. 

In January, COVID continued to make it more difficult to staff buildings and buses as the numbers of staff and students out due to illness continued to increase. We recruited subs, reached out to nearby hospitals for nurses, and have had to be extremely flexible each day with staffing coverage in each building. As we distance ourselves from the holiday break we were hopeful that the things would improve. 

B-G recently distributed 800 COVID home test kits to student and families. We also hosted a second dose vaccination clinic for 36 students and adults put on by the Chenango County Department of Health.  A big thank you to the DOH for conducting the clinic.

The B-G district has finally finished our 2017 Capital Project. The final piece to be completed were renovations to the MPR at the Jr-Sr high school building. In addition to new flooring, paint, scoreboards, and wall mats, we were able to replace the wooden bleachers with new poly resin bleachers with safety hand rails. What a huge improvement all of these changes have made.

It is budget season again for schools. Here at Bainbridge-Guilford, we begin the budget process in November. Many hours are put into creating the best possible budget for our school district, while presenting the tax payers with a fiscally responsible budget. Each Board of Education meeting starting in January will have a budget presentation and discussion. Each section of the budget is presented individually before the completed budget is presented to the board and community in late March or early April. All are invited to attend these presentations.

In closing, please stay safe as we continue to navigate through the throws of COVID. This process has been far from easy, but we can do it!  

Sincerely,
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

December/January Message

It is hard to believe we have just completed the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year! The students have settled into a routine and we are thankful every day to have everyone back on campus! COVID certainly hasn’t gone away, however, our on campus number of cases has dropped significantly since early fall.

This fall, due to COVID, we had to have the annual Greenlawn Veterans Day celebration outside in a “drive-thru” format.  Mrs. Henderson and the Greenlawn staff and students did an outstanding job as Veterans drove around the school circle and received breakfast, a gift and numerous cheers and celebration from the students and staff. The morning concluded with all Greenlawn students and staff reciting the Pledge of Allegiance outside prior to re-entering the building. An outstanding morning to celebrate and thank our Veterans. Look for information in the future in regards to a Memorial Day/Veterans celebration with a sit-down meal in the spring.

Bainbridge-Guilford Jr-Sr High School now has a fully implemented Agricultural program. Teacher Emily Anderson is teaching to our B-G students Intro to Agriculture, Animal Science, Dairy Science and Agro ecology/Conservation.  We are very excited to have this program off the ground and running. More information on coming Agricultural events will be in future Blue and White issues.

As we move into the winter athletic season, which starts for most sports on November 15th, please take some time to see the MPR gymnasium renovations. We are proud to present a new floor, new paint, new wall mats and brand new bleachers! This has been a long process but the results speak for themselves. We hope to see you at a winter sporting event!

School budget season is upon us and the district will spend the next 4 months preparing a fiscally responsible budget to present to the Board of Education in April, and the Bainbridge-Guilford communities in May. Board of Education meetings in January, February, March and April will all feature school budget presentations.

Mr. Scott Graham, our Jr-Sr Hs assistant principal, has taken a job as the new Norwich High School Principal. Mr. Graham started at Norwich in the end of November. We wish him well in his new endeavor. The B-G district will be taking the month of December to interview candidates for his replacement. If you are a community member and interested in serving on the interview committee please call the district office at 967-6321.

There will be a virtual “coffee with the superintendent” on Thursday, December 16th at 6:30 p.m. A zoom link will be posted on the school website prior to that evening. I look forward to hearing all of your ideas and thoughts on the B-G district.
My door is always open or you can email me at [email protected].

October/November Message

Welcome fall! It seems the warm, albeit wet, summer days have given way to chilly evenings and foggy mornings. The school year is off and running! What a tremendous opening we had this year. It is great to have the staff and students back in the buildings. When you visit our campus, please notice the newly painted halls, shiny floors and refinished gymnasium floors. The maintenance staff did a phenomenal job readying our buildings for the new school year. Our sports teams are enjoying much success and the district is offering FREE breakfast, lunch, school supplies and After School Program for all students for the entire school year! BG is excited to welcome over 20 new staff to campus this year!

We are having a very busy fall here at BG.  It was nice to welcome the Bainbridge-Guilford class of 1971 back to campus for building tours and a time to reminisce about the golden days of yesteryear.  If any upcoming class reunions would like building tours, please contact the district office to arrange this.

The district is continuing to navigate thru the changes schools face in dealing with COVID. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work with the restrictions and ever-changing information. New in September, school districts in NYS must test ALL unvaccinated staff weekly. As you can imagine, this has been a huge undertaking to say the least.  

We will be hosting our Veterans Day breakfast on November 10th at Greenlawn Elementary. Please spread the word to veterans far and wide. More information will be coming as we continue to plan for this popular yearly event.

The district is excited to show off our newly renovated high school gymnasium/multi-purpose room. The past few months have seen a new gym floor, newly painted walls, new athletic mats on the walls and brand new bleachers with hand-rails will be installed in December.  This has been a long time coming and we are very excited for the community to see this.

Our afterschool program is up and running. The ASP operates each day from 3:00-5:30 p.m.   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. We currently have over 60 students participating! The program is open to students in grades preK-6. If interested in enrolling your child, please contact Stephanie Brown at Greenlawn Elementary.

My virtual coffees with the community have been going very well. I continue to learn a lot from our families and community members and get 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 one in the future, I would love the chance to meet and discuss with you your thoughts on our district.  

Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience and flexibility last year, during a very difficult school year for everyone. But…we made it! This would haven’t been possible without an incredible staff, incredible students, and amazing families. Please reach out with any thoughts, questions or suggestions you might have.

Sincerely,
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools
 

Virtual "Coffee" With the Superintendent

Please join Mr. Ryan for an update on the B-G School District
 
Via ZOOM meeting - April 26, 2022 at 6 PM

Meeting ID: 979 7325 1867
One Tap Mobile: +16468769923,,97973251867# US (New York)
 

 



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