Superintendent Message

Schools to Remain Closed
For the rest of the Academic Year 
No School Activities!

Superintendent Message

Superintendent

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

Message from the Superintendent

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

Superintendent Ryan is on TWITTER!

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His account is @BGsuperint. Follow his TWEETS as he travels the district visiting classrooms and events!

Join Superintendent Tim Ryan for Coffee!

Community members are invited to join Mr. Ryan on the following dates for coffee to share thoughts and ideas about the B-G School District. 
 
October 24
High School at 9:00 AM
 
November 5 (changed from 10/24
Guilford at  6:00 PM
 
May 14
Guilford at 9:00 AM  
High School at 6:00 PM

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