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Grand Island School Board News
2018


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School Board Meeting - November 2018

   A Special School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, November 19, 2018. A Regular Public Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Professional Development Room. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - November 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. At 6:30 p.m., a Board of Education Anticipated Executive Session will take place in the District Office Conference Room. A Regular Public Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins. The location will be 2087 Edgewater Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33755. The public has the right to attend the public portion of this meeting, at that location.




School Board Meeting - October 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, October 22, 2018. At 6:30 p.m., a Board of Education Anticipated Executive Session will take place in the District Office Conference Room. A Regular Public Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




Julie Roth Neville Passing - October 2018

    Dear Grand Island School-Community:
    It is with great sadness, I learned today that Julie Neville, our beloved Huth Road Elementary fifth-grade teacher, passed away after her long battle with cancer. As you may know, Julie is a graduate of Grand Island Central Schools and she was an outstanding student, athlete, coach and teacher in our district.
    Julie and her family have strong ties to our school-community. Julie and her husband, Jim, have four beautiful children who currently are part of our school district family. Jaxson is a preschooler, Jameson is in kindergarten, Jayden is in third grade and Jonathan is in fifth grade. Additionally, her father, Jon Roth, has served as a teacher in our district and currently serves as our athletic director. Jean Roth, Julie’s mom has served as a teaching assistant with us at Huth Road Elementary School and Jeff Roth, Julie’s brother is the athletic director at Wilson.
    Julie has left a legacy of love, compassion and positive energy second to none. She has influenced countless students, parents, colleagues and friends. Her memory will always live on in our hearts.
    It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a young adult. Even if your child did not know Mrs. Neville, he/she could be affected by the news. Your child may be confronted with a variety of emotions which might include shock, sadness, and confusion. For the remainder of this week, a support team of psychologists, counselors and social workers will be available to provide counseling and support to students and staff.
    At home, your child may have questions and worries about this loss. We have grief resources available on our website homepage under Quick Links that may prove helpful to you as you discuss death.
    I know you will join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to the Neville and Roth family. Please know that we are here to support you and your child and if you have an issue you would like to discuss, please call your child’s school.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Brian Graham, Superintendent of Schools




GICSD Hosts 2nd Community Forum to Seek Input on Capital Project - October 2018

   A second community forum will be hosted by the Grand Island Central School District on Tuesday, October 16th in the Veronica E. Connor Middle School Little Theater to share the preliminary plans developed by the district's Capital Project Planning Committee and seek valuable input from the community. The forum will be from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. A similar session held October 4th gathered input from the community.
   The presentation will include information on the scope of work that is necessary to upgrade school buildings in an effort to improve safety, security and the overall conditions of district facilities. Representatives from Young and Wright Architectural, as well as Campus Construction, will be available at the session. A question period after the presentation will allow community members to comment or ask questions.




School Board Meeting - October 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. At 6:30 p.m., a Board of Education Workshop / Anticipated Executive Session will take place in the District Office Conference Room. A Regular Public Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




Grand Island Schools Seeks Substitutes in All Areas - October 2018

   Grand Island Central School District is accepting applications for a variety of substitute positions within all buildings and departments in the district. All applicants for substitute positions must apply online using the WNY Schools Standard Application.
   The district will contact qualified applicants to schedule an interview. Those applying by Oct. 19 will receive preferential interview slots on Friday, Oct. 26 between the times of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applicants applying after Oct. 19 will be contacted and scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    Substitute teacher applications will be accepted for all subject content areas at the high school, middle school and three elementary schools. Substitutes are also needed in transportation, food service, building and grounds, nurses, monitors, teacher aides and clerical.
    Apply at http://www.grandislandschools.org/substitutes. A Quick Link is also on the district homepage. Candidates for the teaching and registered nurse substitutes will use the 'View Open Certified Positions' and search for the respective postings. Candidates for all other positions will use the 'View Open Classified Positions' and search for the postings by job title for recruitment day.
    The mission of the Grand Island School District is to foster academic excellence, personal growth, and social responsibility. Substitutes are critical to the staffing of buildings and may lead to permanent employment.




GICSD Hosts Community Forum to Share Preliminary Plans for Capital Project - October 2018

   The Grand Island Central School District will host a community forum on Thursday, October 4th to share the preliminary plans developed by the district's Capital Project Planning Committee and seek valuable input from the community.
    The forum will be in the high school auditorium from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. The presentation will include information on the scope of work that is necessary to upgrade school buildings in an effort to improve safety, security and the overall conditions of district facilities. Representatives from Young and Wright Architectural, as well as Campus Construction, will be available at the session. A question period after the presentation will allow community members to comment or ask questions.




School Board Meeting - September 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, September 24, 2018. At 6:30 p.m., a Board of Education Workshop / Anticipated Executive Session will take place in the District Office Conference Room. A Regular Public Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - September 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, September 10, 2018. At 6:30 p.m., a Board of Education Workshop / Anticipated Executive Session will take place in the District Office Conference Room. A Regular Public Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - August 2018

   ;A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, August 27, 2018. A Regular Public Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - August 2018

   ;A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, August 6, 2018. An Anticipated Executive Session is at 6:30 p.m. A Regular Public Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - July 2018

   ;A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, July 9, 2018. A Reorganizational Meeting is at 7:00 p.m., followed by a regular public session. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - June 2018

   ;A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, June 25, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - June 2018

   ;A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, June 11, 2018. The Tenure/Retiree Reception will be at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Viking Theater. An anticipated executive session is at 7:00 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - May 2018

   ;A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, May 21, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




Grand Island School District Election Results - May 2018

   Total budget: $62.5 million (down 0.25 percent)
    Yes: 520 votes (75.9 percent)
    No: 165 votes (24.1 percent)

    School board candidates (elect 3): Robin McCreary: 479 votes (32.8 percent), Glenn Bobeck (i): 490 votes (33.5 percent),
    Joy LaMarca (i): 492 votes (33.7 percent)

   Propositions:
    Purchase six school buses and a pickup for buildings and grounds at a total cost not to exceed $650,000
    Yes: 494 votes (72.9 percent)
    No: 184 votes (27.1 percent)

    Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value*: $19.57 in Grand Island (up 1 percent)
    Estimated taxes on $100,000 market value home: $1,957
    Per student spending: $21,582
    Tax levy: $33.5 million (1.02 percent increase) - Ceiling allowed under tax cap: 1 percent increase




Grand Island School District Survey - May 2018

    The Grand Island Central School District's community relations committee has developed a brief survey asking for input from parents, alumnae, students and the community. "We ask for a few moments of your time to help us gather information about your perceptions of our district and how we communicate with our district stakeholders. The survey is available May 14-25, 2018. The results of the survey will be used by the community relations committee to enhance the way the district communicates with its various audiences." Survey.




Grand Island Schools to Hold Active Shooter Drill - May 2018

    Grand Island Central School District will be conducting an Active Shooter Training - Lock Down drill Tuesday, May 22nd at the Grand Island High School and Middle School campus, 1100 Ransom Road. This training session, which will occur during the morning school hours, will involve a scenario where an intruder has entered the campus with the intent to do harm. The scenario will also involve student actors and simulated gunfire in the high school building. While this practice drill will occur while classes are in session, both buildings and District office will be placed in lock-down where students are in a supervised area and out of sight while law enforcement personnel practice their procedures for addressing such a situation.
   There will be a significant presence of law enforcement and emergency responders all participating in the drill that morning. Any visitors to the HS-MS campus during the morning hours will not be able to enter the campus.
    The purpose of engaging in an Active Shooter Training drill is to refine the district's building emergency preparedness plans. The Erie County Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Management Civil Defense and Homeland Security is assisting the district in the further development of these safety protocols. The district's safety team also includes key officials from the Erie County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Police, the Grand Island Police, the Border Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Additionally, while many law enforcement officials will be participating in the drill on May 22, there will be other designated police and first responders available to the community in the event there is a real emergency. Questions should be directed to the superintendent's office at 773-8801.




School Board Meeting - May 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, May 7, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A budget public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Regular Board of Education meeting to follow. This will be the last School Board meeting before the budget vote and election on Tuesday, May 15th. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




$62.5 Million Budget Approved - April 2018

   The Grand Island School Board approved a $62.5 million budget for the 2018-19 school year that includes updates to security and a proposition to buy more buses. See Buffalo News article by Nancy A. Fischer. A budget vote will be on Tuesday, May 15th.




School Board Meeting - April 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - April 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, April 9, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins. The location will be 2087 Edgewater Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33755. The public has the right to attend the public portion of this meeting, at that location. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - March 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, March 26, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins. The location will be 2087 Edgewater Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33755. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Ashli Dreher. The location will be 4939 Flormar Terrace, New Port Richey, Florida 34652. The public has the right to attend the public portion of this meeting, at those locations. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Candidates Sought to Fill Three Seats - March 2018

    Candidates interested in a seat on the Grand Island Board of Education must file nominating petitions with District Clerk Jude Kuehne by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018.
    Thirty (30) valid signatures of district residents are required on a petition. Forms are available at the district office located at 1100 Ransom Road from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. weekdays, beginning March 19, 2018. The three available seats are for three-year terms.
   The qualifications to run for the Board of Education are: (1) you must be a citizen of the United States; (2) you must be at least 18 years of age; (3) you must be a resident of the district for one year prior to the election; and (4) you must be able to read and write.
   The School Board election and budget vote will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in the High School Main Gym.




School Board Meeting - March 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, March 12, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - February 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, February 26, 2018. Grand Island CSD Website Presentation - 6:30 p.m. An anticipated executive session is at 7:00 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins. The location will be 2087 Edgewater Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33755. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - February 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, February 12, 2018. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins. The location will be 2087 Edgewater Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33755. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - January 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, January 22, 2018. A public session is at 7:30 p.m. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins. The location will be 2087 Edgewater Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33755. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - January 2018

   A School Board meeting will be held at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, January 8th. A presentation by High School Principal Michael Lauria is at 6:30 p.m., an anticipated executive session is at 7:00 p.m., and a public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.