September 2019

What's Happening at Maine-Endwell?

Mrs. Rachel Murat - The 2020 New York State Teacher of the Year!

“The Maine-Endwell Central School District takes tremendous pride in having one of our teachers, Mrs. Rachel Murat, as the New York State Teacher of the Year,” said Maine-Endwell Superintendent Jason Van Fossen. “Rachel focuses on learning for all and empowers students to find and share their voice as individuals. She models respectful behavior, encourages academic risk-taking, and inspires students to be community-minded servants. Being the New York State Teacher of the Year is a highly prestigious, incredible honor and Rachel Murat is a model ambassador.”
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Thank You Maine-Endwell School Community - 2019 Capital Project Passes with 84% Support

On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire District, thank you to all community members who came out and voted. We felt the proposed project was fiscally responsible while addressing both immediate and long-term needs across the District. Our approach was and will continue to be to provide as much information as possible to ensure all members of our community can make an informed decision. Eight-four percent approval is a strong indication that transparency and open lines of communication can go a long way. Again, thank you for your support.
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The Study of Solar Power Advances in Maine-Endwell - Preliminary Data Suggests a Win Win

Last Thursday night the Board of Education began the first steps in approving a solar power energy performance contract, or EPC, that would authorize the construction of a solar field on district-owned vacant land adjacent to the Maine Memorial Elementary School. Solar power generated from the project will offset 100% of our entire electric use district-wide!


Why now? In 2007, the District purchased 32+ acres of land adjacent to Maine Memorial Elementary with a plan of creating additional athletic fields. For the past twelve years, the land has sat dormant. In 2013 and 2015 the District had preliminary conversations about utilizing the space for solar energy to offset electricity use district-wide. In August of 2018, the District began formal exploration of this concept and the Board of Education approved a feasibility study contract with Renovus Solar which included working with NYSEG to determine how much electric their system could accept if a solar project were to be built.


On September 12th, the District received preliminary findings for a solar field EPC or energy performance contract. The investment, which would include NYSERDA grant funds, and as a qualifying project from NYSED would generate state aid, will cost the District a little over $1 million (payments spread out over 18 years) while generating positive revenue of $6 million over 25 years (or approximately $240,000 year on average). What is exciting about this project is that while it provides the district with a renewable source of electricity, and will reduce our long-term costs (while generating positive revenue), it will provide our students and community with invaluable learning opportunities.


Over the next several weeks, Renovus Solar and Eisenbach and Ruhnke Engineering, P.C. will be conducting detailed surveys and renderings for a final consideration by the Board of Education on October 17th. Additionally, the Board will be conducting a special meeting on October 9th at Maine Memorial for purposes of educating the community and answering questions.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, jvanfossen@me.stier.org or Jeff L’Amoreaux, jlamoreaux@me.stier.org.

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 6pm

2693 New York 26

Maine, NY

Special Meeting to Discuss Potential Solar Field Energy Performance Contract (EPC) Proposal

Family Climate Survey is Coming - PLEASE HELP US OUT!

Beginning September 23rd through October 25th, the District will be asking our families (along with our staff and students) to complete our annual climate survey. The purpose of the survey is to provide the District with valuable information to inform decision-making, budget allocation, and program direction. A letter will be arriving in your mailboxes in the next few days with a password and web address to access the survey. Information will be available on our website too.
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Family Career Night 2.0 - PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 5pm

750 Farm to Market Road

Endwell, NY

Free Food, Drink, and Prizes along with potential job opportunities with our areas largest employers!