From the Superintendent of Schools
On behalf of the Board of Education and all of us here at the Cleveland Hill Schools, we hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and New Year. We would also like to thank you for your ongoing support. Cleveland Hill is a special place to live, work and learn because of the wonderful people that come together and create our school community. Our partnership and mutual trust are vital to our continued growth and success.
We have a lot to be proud of. Our students’ academic achievement and growth continue to place us well in the top half of all schools in Western New York. In several measures, including our graduation rate, Cleveland Hill students rank near the top. We are pleased that for the 7th year in a row, all of our schools are ranked in “Good Standing” by the State Education Department. The Board of Education’s investment in Project Achieve, our strategic professional development plan, continues to pay dividends. I am proud to report that we plan on recommending another three-year continuation of this plan in the 2020-2021 budget.
The financial side of the District is equally as strong. And though our unassigned fund balance has been purposefully brought down, our reserve funds are healthier than ever. Our recent move to a self-funded health care plan is paying off, helping us to control the growth of our health insurance costs. As we begin work on next year’s budget, we are confident that we will again be recommending a budget to the Board that is at or below the 2% tax cap. This will be the eighth consecutive year that we have been below this legislated tax cap.
With up to two-thirds of U.S. children having experienced at least one type of serious childhood trauma, our staff has been and will continue to be engaged in professional development to more effectively work with these students. Trauma is possibly the largest public health issue facing our children today (CDC, 2019). Students learn when they feel safe, known, and cared for in school. When teachers incorporate proactive and responsive strategies to meet the needs of students suffering from traumatic stress, they foster a feeling of safety, making a huge difference in their ability to learn.
Lastly, the Cleveland Hill Technology Department has recently created a useful phone app available to those who use either an iPhone or Android phone. The official Cleveland Hill School District app gives you a personalized window into what is happening at the District and schools. Get the news and information that you care about and get involved.
This app will allow you to: • View District and school news • Use the District tip line • Receive notifications from the District and schools • Access the District directory • Display information personalized to your interests
The app is available on both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store, by simply searching “Cleveland Hill School District”. Additionally, there are customized links on our website that you can visit to install the app.
If you are an iPhone owner, go to www.clevehill.org/iPhoneapp
If you are an Android owner, go to www.clevehill.org/androidapp
I ask that you stay informed, have high expectations, ask us challenging questions and attend our Board of Education meetings. We work for you, our community. The more dialog we have, the better we will be at providing you and our children the educational experience expected. On behalf of our Board of Education, we again thank you for your continued support.
Jon T. MacSwan