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Elementary School Transition

In June of 2018, after more than a year of study and community participation, the Board of Education decided to transition to three elementary schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year: Franklyn S. Barry Elementary School, F. E. Smith Elementary School, and Randall Elementary School. The Board determined that Barry will house grades K-2, Smith will be comprised of grades 3 & 4, and Randall will be comprised of grades 5 & 6. We have begun to prepare for the transition to three elementary schools. The facilities study page has been archived and is available here.

Questions and Answers about the Transition
A list of commonly asked questions (and their answers) is available to view and will be updated throughout the planning process. To submit questions and any suggestions you have, a short survey has been prepared. You can submit questions and suggestions any time and as frequently as you think of them. The questions and suggestions that are submitted are compiled; answers to the commonly asked questions are added to the Q & A document.

District Transition Team
A community-wide committee has been formed to help plan for the transition. Representatives from each of the five elementary schools have volunteered to serve on the committee. The committee will ensure that the transition(s) from five elementary schools to three schools occurs in a way that is congruent with the district mission and vision. Rather than having five separate elementary schools that feed the Junior High School, we want to have a united school system in which students transition from building to building, together. When schools open in September 2019, we want all students to feel that they are beginning in a new school. There are several goals for the committee:
  • Plan for the cultural integration of students into “new” schools in September 2019
  • Identify opportunities to create a common identity for schools within the district
  • Suggest activities and systems to ensure smooth transitions for students from school to school
  • Suggest activities and systems to ensure smooth transitions for families from school to school
The committee will meet approximately once per month. Minutes of the committee will be posted below.

Meeting schedule:
  • September 17, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes)
  • October 16, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes)
  • November 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes) 
  • December 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes)
  • January  15, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes)
  • March 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes)
  • April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes)
  • May 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cortland High School Library (meeting notes)
  • June 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaufman Center (meeting notes)

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OUR SCHOOLS






Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
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607-758-4100

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