What's Right with Spackenkill!

What's Right with Spackenkill!
Posted on 12/23/2019
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Dear Spackenkill Community,

I am struck by Ms. Farrell’s lesson about Dr. King and the theme of her class project, “Everyone can be great.” As a child, those words, "becoming great," meant that I wanted to be the next Mickey Mantle! As I became a high school student, I came to realize that it was time to let go of that dream (couldn’t hit a curve ball) and find another. My parents always encouraged my brothers and I to become great. I never imagined that I would become a school superintendent or that my brother would become the Chief Justice of the Florida Appellate Court. "Great" is not synonymous with "famous." It means becoming the best version of ourselves.

Certainly, our new third grade teacher, Ms. Tomasetti, embraces that thought in her interview. What about Jack DeLuca, a young, aspiring artist who has created an artwork that has already earned him recognition. And our high school young thespians, who went off to their first-ever New York State Theater Conference and are developing their artistic talents. Lucas Jin seems to have embraced the message. Imagine performing at Carnegie Hall in third grade!

A great education should encourage all of our students to think big and realize that with hard work, motivation, and smart goals, you can become great and the best version of you. Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

 

My best,

Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Dear Spackenkill Community:

I’m writing to inform the public that the Spackenkill Union Free School District has filed litigation against the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Those of you who have attended Board meetings know that the Superintendent has said several times that he has been conferring with NYSED officials about receiving promised building aid, not for our current capital project but for the high school project that goes back to 2009. Please read the “Statement Regarding Legal Action” posted on the district website (spackenkillschools.org).

Board members and the Superintendent have lobbied in Albany. We have met with our elected officials and have even gone so far as to talk to the Governor’s office. On the advice of our attorneys, due to the pending litigation, we can’t expand on that too much here, but wanted to let you know that we have exhausted every possibility to take care of this problem. Our last resort is to file litigation. 

This is a complex issue. We expect many in our community to have questions and comments, and the Board wants to hear them. Please send those questions directly to us at spackboe@sufsdny.org. We will keep the community informed by posting our responses to frequently asked questions on our website. 

This takeback that NYSED is implementing will go away if the Governor signs a bill that Senators Serino/Harckham and Assemblywoman Barrett have sponsored this past year. If the Governor signs the bill by December 31st, this problem will be resolved. If not, we have planned for this possibility, so it will have minimal short-term effect on this year’s budget. 

Please contact the Governor’s office using a letter template for either email or U.S. mail on our website. Let the Governor know that this exorbitant penalty is unfair to our students and community and would affect our ability to maintain the high standards for which Spackenkill is known. The loss of state aid would impact our academic, athletic, and artistic programs, as well as the safety and security of our students and staff.

We need to have our voices heard. The Spackenkill community must speak up! The louder the voice, the more attention it gets—and we want the Governor’s attention. We urge the community, staff, and students to continually contact the Governor as many times as possible (even daily) until this critical issue is resolved.  Please take action ASAP, whether by email, mail, or phone (518-474-8390). We’re committed to resolving this issue, and as your elected representatives, we urgently need your help.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Keith, Jr.
Board President

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Dear Spackenkill Community:

I’m writing to inform the public that the Spackenkill Union Free School District has filed litigation against the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Those of you who have attended Board meetings know that the Superintendent has said several times that he has been conferring with NYSED officials about receiving promised building aid, not for our current capital project but for the high school project that goes back to 2009. Please read the “Statement Regarding Legal Action” posted on the district website (spackenkillschools.org).

Board members and the Superintendent have lobbied in Albany. We have met with our elected officials and have even gone so far as to talk to the Governor’s office. On the advice of our attorneys, due to the pending litigation, we can’t expand on that too much here, but wanted to let you know that we have exhausted every possibility to take care of this problem. Our last resort is to file litigation. 

This is a complex issue. We expect many in our community to have questions and comments, and the Board wants to hear them. Please send those questions directly to us at spackboe@sufsdny.org. We will keep the community informed by posting our responses to frequently asked questions on our website. 

This takeback that NYSED is implementing will go away if the Governor signs a bill that Senators Serino/Harckham and Assemblywoman Barrett have sponsored this past year. If the Governor signs the bill by December 31st, this problem will be resolved. If not, we have planned for this possibility, so it will have minimal short-term effect on this year’s budget. 

Please contact the Governor’s office using a letter template for either email or U.S. mail on our website. Let the Governor know that this exorbitant penalty is unfair to our students and community and would affect our ability to maintain the high standards for which Spackenkill is known. The loss of state aid would impact our academic, athletic, and artistic programs, as well as the safety and security of our students and staff.

We need to have our voices heard. The Spackenkill community must speak up! The louder the voice, the more attention it gets—and we want the Governor’s attention. We urge the community, staff, and students to continually contact the Governor as many times as possible (even daily) until this critical issue is resolved.  Please take action ASAP, whether by email, mail, or phone (518-474-8390). We’re committed to resolving this issue, and as your elected representatives, we urgently need your help.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Keith, Jr.
Board President

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Dear Spackenkill Community:

I’m writing to inform the public that the Spackenkill Union Free School District has filed litigation against the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Those of you who have attended Board meetings know that the Superintendent has said several times that he has been conferring with NYSED officials about receiving promised building aid, not for our current capital project but for the high school project that goes back to 2009. Please read the “Statement Regarding Legal Action” posted on the district website (spackenkillschools.org).

Board members and the Superintendent have lobbied in Albany. We have met with our elected officials and have even gone so far as to talk to the Governor’s office. On the advice of our attorneys, due to the pending litigation, we can’t expand on that too much here, but wanted to let you know that we have exhausted every possibility to take care of this problem. Our last resort is to file litigation. 

This is a complex issue. We expect many in our community to have questions and comments, and the Board wants to hear them. Please send those questions directly to us at spackboe@sufsdny.org. We will keep the community informed by posting our responses to frequently asked questions on our website. 

This takeback that NYSED is implementing will go away if the Governor signs a bill that Senators Serino/Harckham and Assemblywoman Barrett have sponsored this past year. If the Governor signs the bill by December 31st, this problem will be resolved. If not, we have planned for this possibility, so it will have minimal short-term effect on this year’s budget. 

Please contact the Governor’s office using a letter template for either email or U.S. mail on our website. Let the Governor know that this exorbitant penalty is unfair to our students and community and would affect our ability to maintain the high standards for which Spackenkill is known. The loss of state aid would impact our academic, athletic, and artistic programs, as well as the safety and security of our students and staff.

We need to have our voices heard. The Spackenkill community must speak up! The louder the voice, the more attention it gets—and we want the Governor’s attention. We urge the community, staff, and students to continually contact the Governor as many times as possible (even daily) until this critical issue is resolved.  Please take action ASAP, whether by email, mail, or phone (518-474-8390). We’re committed to resolving this issue, and as your elected representatives, we urgently need your help.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Keith, Jr.
Board President

.blue ribbon logo

 

 

Dear Spackenkill Community:

I’m writing to inform the public that the Spackenkill Union Free School District has filed litigation against the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Those of you who have attended Board meetings know that the Superintendent has said several times that he has been conferring with NYSED officials about receiving promised building aid, not for our current capital project but for the high school project that goes back to 2009. Please read the “Statement Regarding Legal Action” posted on the district website (spackenkillschools.org).

Board members and the Superintendent have lobbied in Albany. We have met with our elected officials and have even gone so far as to talk to the Governor’s office. On the advice of our attorneys, due to the pending litigation, we can’t expand on that too much here, but wanted to let you know that we have exhausted every possibility to take care of this problem. Our last resort is to file litigation. 

This is a complex issue. We expect many in our community to have questions and comments, and the Board wants to hear them. Please send those questions directly to us at spackboe@sufsdny.org. We will keep the community informed by posting our responses to frequently asked questions on our website. 

This takeback that NYSED is implementing will go away if the Governor signs a bill that Senators Serino/Harckham and Assemblywoman Barrett have sponsored this past year. If the Governor signs the bill by December 31st, this problem will be resolved. If not, we have planned for this possibility, so it will have minimal short-term effect on this year’s budget. 

Please contact the Governor’s office using a letter template for either email or U.S. mail on our website. Let the Governor know that this exorbitant penalty is unfair to our students and community and would affect our ability to maintain the high standards for which Spackenkill is known. The loss of state aid would impact our academic, athletic, and artistic programs, as well as the safety and security of our students and staff.

We need to have our voices heard. The Spackenkill community must speak up! The louder the voice, the more attention it gets—and we want the Governor’s attention. We urge the community, staff, and students to continually contact the Governor as many times as possible (even daily) until this critical issue is resolved.  Please take action ASAP, whether by email, mail, or phone (518-474-8390). We’re committed to resolving this issue, and as your elected representatives, we urgently need your help.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Keith, Jr.
Board President