What's Right with Spackenkill!

What's Right with Spackenkill!
Posted on 11/01/2019
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Dear Spackenkill Community,

The big news story this week is the Board of Education’s appointment of my successor, Dr. Paul Fanuele. I would like to add my congratulations and feel confident that the district will be in good hands upon the completion of my term of service at the end of June. Dr. Fanuele and I will remain in communication over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition. I would like to thank our interview team, the community that provided feedback on the candidates, and especially the Board of Education and Board Clerk, Sandra Barbieri, who worked tirelessly beginning last January up until the culmination in Dr. Fanuele’s appointment Tuesday evening!

We all have been waiting in anticipation of the new track and field construction. It was exciting to watch the old track being ripped apart to begin the process of reconstruction. The goal is to complete the new complex on or about June 1, depending on winter weather, but well before the fall athletic season and the opening of school.

As winter weather arrives, the annual determination of school closings, delays, and the occasional early dismissal befalls superintendents. We do our best to follow various weather forecasts and, unfortunately, they seem to often change. My first priority is to keep school open as long as it is safe to do so. 

On December 18th, we will welcome our new Nassau Elementary principal, Erik Lynch, to the district. He will be working with Principal Weisel for approximately two weeks of transition planning.

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