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Superintendent's Corner

November 2017

It's November and we are nearing the end of the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year. Our students are deeply engaged in their studies. Many co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, including music, drama, organizations, clubs, and athletics, are well underway and pursuing their goals. Port Jefferson students are already receiving recognition for their achievement and efforts. Our high school's designation as a National Blue Ribbon School was announced in September and is a source of great pride.

Three years ago, our Board's Facilities Committee initiated a discussion about how best to improve our facilities with a particular focus on the Tech building and the safety of our students. In 2015, we completed a School Conditions Survey in compliance with New York State regulations. The results of that survey made it clear that something had to be done to address our facilities. It led to the planning of a capital improvement project that would address the concerns about the condition of our schools and the safety and security of our students.

The original list of projects exceeded $100 million dollars. Over the three year period, that list and costs were pared down to just under $30 million. We have been conducting public meetings and building "walk-throughs" to assist our residents in understanding the scope and the need for the elements of the proposal. We have created a virtual tour which appears on the district website and Facebook page for residents who want to know more about our proposed plans but cannot attend the facility tours

Ultimately, residents must decide if they want the proposed improvements for the children of our community. Regardless of whether you support the capital improvement bond proposal or not, it is essential that you exercise your right and privilege to vote on December 5th.



August 2017

I hope you have been enjoying a relaxing and rewarding summer. The 2017-18 school year holds so much promise for our students; and, we are excited to get it started.

Throughout the summer, our custodial, building & grounds, technology, clerical and administrative staff members have been working tirelessly to have everything in order for the arrival of students in September. Teachers have been diligently preparing their classrooms for our opening. There have also been a number of facility upgrades to enhance our learning environment.

After completing my first year in the Port Jefferson School-Community, I believe there is no limit to what we can accomplish if we work together on behalf of our students.

I look forward to working in partnership with you throughout the school year.

Paul Casciano, Ed.D.

 

Summer 2017

It’s hard for me to believe that my first school year in Port Jefferson is over and that we are already busy preparing for a successful start to the 2017-18 school year. This past year was a very rewarding experience as I had the privilege of working with our students, staff, parents, and community. We wish our 97 graduates of the Class of 2017 well and look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments. I know that they will continue to make us proud.

The past school year resulted in many noteworthy accomplishments. Students excelled in all academic disciplines, the arts, and athletics. Students took advantage of the many opportunities that our school-community has to offer by participating in many clubs, competitions, and organizations, supporting many worthy causes, and being good citizens of our schools and community.

With the start of the 2017-18 school year just weeks away, administrators, teachers and staff are busy working to prepare our buildings, enhance and strengthen curriculum and develop new programs and courses. All of us in Port Jefferson are looking forward to watching students flourish in the new school year under the instruction, guidance and support of our talented educators.

While we prepare to strengthen the educational experience for our students, our Board of Education has commenced discussions on a bond proposal focused on improving our district’s facilities. In the near future, community residents will be invited to participate in conversations regarding potential capital improvements to be included in the bond and to provide input on the development of the project. We expect our first meeting to be held sometime in August.

I would like to thank the community for your continued support of our students and the Port Jefferson School District.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Paul Casciano, Ed.D.
Sunday, November 19, 2017