Canandaigua City School District

May 2016

Dear Canandaigua Family

Happy Spring! We certainly cannot complain about the winter weather. Much to the dismay of many we didn’t even squeak out a delay.

End of the Year Calendar

We have set the end of the year calendar. We traditionally wait to make certain that we have enough days of attendance, to understand better what our professional development needs are, and to make certain we are aligned with the end of year Regents exam schedule.

Primary-Elementary and Middle School Students: June 20 is a full day and June 21st will be a half-day. June 21 will also be the March to the Academy for our 8th grade students; this is the traditional rite of passage as our 8th graders become freshmen.

High School Students: From June 14 – June 22 students attend school only if they are scheduled for an exam.

Graduation: Sunday, June 26 at C-MAC at 11:00.

Congratulations Primary-Elementary Students

Our students raised over $10,750 for the American Heart Association as part of the Jump Rope for Heart event held at the end of March. And thank you to our physical education teachers who coordinated this important event which aligned with our heart healthy message!

Capital Project

Our capital project is taking shape. We have accepted the bids and are ready to begin work. You may have noticed that there has already been some earth moving behind the Academy. This winter, through a partnership with the Town of Canandaigua, the excavation of the new parking lot and driveway began off of North Road. In exchange, the District will assist this summer with the mowing of 3 town parks. This is a perfect example of us working together for the benefit of all. Thanks Town of Canandaigua!

We will have an official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at 4:00. This will take place in the North Parking lot of the Academy on East Street. Please, join us for a simple yet important ceremony to kick our work off.

Narcan training

As we continue to hear, the use of heroin, in particular, is on the rise in our region. Our Board of Education adopted an opioid overdose prevention policy, allowing members of our staff to be trained to administer naloxone in a school setting when an overdose is suspected. We currently have 13 members trained who are representatives of each building, including athletics (for night competitions). With the training came opioid overdose kits which are accessible in each of our buildings. We certainly hope that we never have to administer this drug. But we believe it is important to be ready.

Budget Season

Our Board of Education adopted a 2016-2017 operating budget of $71,881,434 -- which represents a 1.64% change in expenditure. We received an increase of 1.78% in state aid, leaving the taxpayer share of the budget at $43,023,522. Our tax levy increase is 1.51% or $19.33 per thousand. So what does this all really mean? If you own a home valued at $150,000 your monthly tax bill will increase by $3.62. The good news is that we know this amount will decrease once we have received the new assessment figures for those areas we serve sometime in mid-summer. Historically, the proposed tax rate has decreased as much as 50 cents when new assessments are figured into the formula. We believe the same will happen this year.

To learn the details of the operating budget, please come to the Public Forum on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at our Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road. Or, if you are unable to attend, please feel free to check out our website link. You should also receive a copy of The Digest budget edition which clearly defines our proposal. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me at Our goal is to have informed voters at the polls on May 17.

We will also have several propositions and two board seats up for your approval.

In closing

We are starting the end of the year activities. We have final concerts, awards assemblies, spring sports and field trips. Our District has certainly had its challenges this year, but each and every day, those who care for your child(ren) come and give their very best. And the reason is simple – you send us your very best and we take that seriously.

Have a great May!