A Board of Education has a collective, explicit responsibility to hire and evaluate the district superintendent, which we take very seriously in order to maintain educational excellence.
Board members met with Matt Cook, EdD, District Superintendent of Schools, Sole Supervisory District of Onondaga – Cortland – Madison Counties, and enlisted OCM BOCES consulting services to assist in the superintendent search effort at a special meeting on January 19.
The Board feels it is critical to obtain input including desired qualifications, skills and experiences of the next superintendent from students, parents/guardians, district staff and the community. An online survey is posted on the District’s website through Friday, February 5th. The survey link is: CCSD Superintendent Survey link
We strongly encourage all to respond. In addition, the consultant will meet with stakeholder focus groups in the coming weeks. More information about those meetings will be forthcoming. The next superintendent selection process meeting will be held Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (the link will be available from this webpage: Zoom Link).
The Board has carefully weighed the option of conducting an open versus a confidential search. With an open search, three finalists are interviewed by committees comprised of representatives from the community, parents, students and staff. In a confidential search, the Board seeks stakeholder input with regard to the characteristics and qualifications for the next superintendent and then works to ensure the confidentiality of the candidates while taking into account input received from the stakeholders through the survey and focus groups.
The Board would like to ensure that the search draws a deep pool of highly qualified candidates and understands that confidentiality may be critical for successful candidates who do not want to jeopardize their current positions. After thoughtful and careful deliberation, the Board selected the option to hold a confidential search. This emphasizes the importance that stakeholders respond to the survey.
Our goal is to appoint a new superintendent in May, with a start date on July 1, 2021.
Thank you for your input and interest in this process. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Board with any questions or concerns.
Cazenovia Board of Education
Mr. David Mehlbaum, President
Mrs. JoAnne Race, Vice President
Ms. Katherine Hahn
Mrs. Meghan Kelly
Mr. Ronald Luteran
Ms. Jennifer Parmalee
Dr. Jan Woodworth
Please respond by February 5, 2021. Once the survey period is closed, a summary of all responses will be completed and we will use it to help us evaluate the applicants. Your input is greatly appreciated!
The link to the survey is here: https://forms.gle/NfvjC79h9Ay3UC9w6
The Board of Education Meeting on Monday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m. can be viewed live at the link below.
When: Jun 15, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: June BOE Meeting-June 15, 2020
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Our school district is not able to accommodate pre-payment of school taxes for federal tax purposes. Final payments of 2017-18 school taxes were due by November 6, 2017. We are not able to provide estimated tax bills for 2018-19. Our district will not adopt a budget and tax levy for that year until the May school budget votes. We are not legally able to collect school taxes without a Tax Warrant set by the Board of Education. The Board of Education cannot set the Tax Warrant until a budget is approved by the voters in May. We do not have policies or procedures to collect partial payments in advance.
- During the conference call with reporters, the Governor and his budget director explained that the action was directed primarily at local governments which operate on a calendar year (January 1 – December 31) fiscal year. They acknowledged that facilitating pre-payment of property taxes may not be possible for most school districts.
- The executive order does not suspend any provision of Article 13 of the Real Property Tax Law which governs the levy of property taxes for most school districts. Accordingly, we do not see the order as providing authority for school districts to adopt estimated or partial tax warrants for 2018-19 school taxes, nor to issue tax bills corresponding to those warrants.
- Districts have not adopted budgets and tax levies for 2018-19, assessments have not been finalized, and equalization rates could change, so there could be discrepancies between any estimated tax bills now and actual ones next summer/fall.
- There are 2 positions on the Board of Education that are up for re-election;
- The term starts July 1, 2017 and is a 3 year term;
- Anyone interested in running for election has to submit the attached Petition for Nomination of a Candidate with a minimum of 25 signatures from qualified voters of the Caz CSD. The petition must be properly completed;
- The Petition must be turned in to the District Office by 4:00 p.m. on April 13, 2017.
The Cost of ‘Investment in’ Education
By Bill Furlong, Assistant SuperintendentI have had many conversations over the years with people who ask about our school budget and talk about the “cost of education”. They inquire about how much we spend on certain parts of our budget. They ask about teacher salaries, athletics, employee benefits and other expenditures we make. I welcome these conversations since they give me an opportunity to better explain our costs and what we do to manage them. However, I would argue that we do not “spend” on education, but rather invest in education. Expenditures do not have a future value. But an investment will create a future value that should far exceed the amount of the original investment. The money that we invest in public education creates the potential for a significant return on that investment for that individual and the community they live in. If upon graduation, a student is hired for a job at minimum wage and never receives a pay raise, that former student will still earn back the cost of their K-12 education within 9 years. If that student goes on to college and earns a degree that enables a $50,000 annual salary, then the payback period drops to under 3 years. While the return on this investment is much harder to calculate or quantify, I will let you be the judge. Did your public school education open the door to college or employment which allowed you to create an earning potential that you would not have had if no public education system existed? The public education that we received was paid for by the taxpayers of that era and we benefited from their investment in our public education. This past weekend I had the pleasure of giving the class of 1962 a tour of the High School as part of their class reunion activities. In hearing them talk about their lives and careers I was struck by how successful they were and about how they viewed Cazenovia Central. They were proud of the Blue Ribbon award we just received. They were proud of the academic and extracurricular programs that we now offer. And they were proud to be Cazenovia graduates. It is difficult to measure the return on investment that education can create. But I believe that the class of 2013 can return in 50 years, with the same pride and success as the class of ‘62, and show that our investment in them was well worth it.