Superintendent’s Message: Holiday travel, transparency center, budget workshops

Feb. 12, 2021

Dear DCS Community: 

I hope that you and everyone in your family is healthy and safe. While it looks like our Winter Break may be a cold one, I’m sure that our students are looking forward to a little rest and relaxation. Here are items that may be of interest to you: 

Travel During Break

New York State is still operating under a Travel Advisory for people who travel outside of New York and its contiguous states (NJ, MA, PA, CT, and VT) for more than 24 hours. If your plans over break include traveling to a non-contiguous state, please make sure to follow the guidelines (which include testing and/or quarantining) upon your return to New York. 

Valentine’s Day

Many of our Elementary School Students recently participated in a project coordinated by Sen. Michelle Hinchey to create Valentine’s Day cards for seniors in our region. Please take a look at this photogallery of our students making the cards. 

Transparency Center

There is now a new  Transparency Center banner on the district’s homepage, which you can click to easily view revenue and expenditure breakdowns, trend data, student population and performance, and key statistics over time in a simple, digital format. We have also added additional features that highlight our strategic plan, “DCS Forward.” 

Live Streaming Athletics and Schedule

DCS is livestreaming at-home athletics events on our YouTube channel. We are pleased to connect our community to these events through livestreams, as spectators are currently not allowed to attend athletics events in-person because of COVID-19 health and safety measures. Our athletic schedule can be found here. Please continue to support our student athletes by watching them. Go Eagles!

Virtual Art Gallery

Our students are still managing to produce some wonderful artwork. You can see some of it here, in this virtual gallery

Budget Workshops

At the last BOE meeting, we had another budget work session. At the meeting, we discussed our proposed tax levy and the budget sections for instructional technology, athletics, extracurricular activities, and general support. You can view Mr. Rivenburg’s presentation here. 

Staffing Needs

You may have noticed that our signs out front are advertising the need for substitute teachers, bus drivers and cleaners. These are essential positions for our operations. If you or someone you know is looking for a job that allows you to help support the kids in our community, please take a look here.

Cheers, 

Jim Niedermeier, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Duanesburg CSD