April 11, 2019
Dear Edgemont Community Members,
Tuesday night the Edgemont Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2019-2020 School District Proposed Budget. Although the vote on May 21, 2019 is over a month away, I’d like to highlight several important initiatives. This budget reflects our dedication to preparing our students for a future career that may not even exist today. We repeatedly ask ourselves, what do this year’s kindergarteners -- the Edgemont Class of 2031-- need to know and be able to do by the time they graduate?
One highlight of the 2019-20 budget is its reflection of our ongoing commitment to a thoughtful use of technology. Projects like these student-created podcasts
epitomize the type of cross-curricular, multi-faceted collaborations we strive to provide. Hear our fifth graders’ solutions
to our country’s plastic waste problem, or scan a fourth grader’s QR code
for a refresher on the importance of mindfulness. Listen to one senior’s research
about how participation in Edgemont athletics benefits student performance, or let our current eighth graders take you on a walking tour of Central Park.
With these priorities in mind, the 2019-20 spending plan includes:
Continued Safety/Security Monitors at EHS
All Current Academic, Athletic, and Co-curricular Activities
Science 21 in Grades K-3
Robotics/Coding and Expanded “STEAM” programs in Grades 5-8
Attention to Social/Emotional Learning Competencies
Continued Inclusion of ICAP Students at Greenville and EHS
- Creation of Innovative Flexible Space Within Existing Space at all Three Schools.
To view the complete 2019-20 Budget Presentation, click here
. You can also view the Technology-specific Budget Presentation
here and curriculum examples here.
Watch for the hard-copy Budget Newsletter in early May.
PLEASE VOTE ON MAY 21, 2019 between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM at Edgemont Jr/Sr High School. New York State requires a public vote with a majority of yes votes in order for us to enact our budget proposal and spending plan. If you plan to be away on the date of the vote, you may apply for an absentee ballot. Residents who are 17 years and older who may be away at college may also register. They can vote as long as they are 18 by the election date. Applications are available now on the District website -- look for the “Voting Information” Quick Link. Absentee Ballots will be available April 24th in the District Office (Edgemont High School campus).
I’m grateful for the unwavering support you provide for our school district as we look toward the future together. You are essential in every way to the success of our students.