Superintendent Mary Anne DobmeierGreetings to All! On behalf of the District, I hope that everyone is enjoying and adjusting to the change of seasons as we wrap up the fall season and transition to winter.
The snow season will be upon us soon with many opportunities for fun and some challenging outdoor activities. Despite such opportunities, we all need to bear in mind that North Country winters can be severe. When weather conditions or other emergency situations dictate, we may cancel or delay school if school has not already begun. During inclement weather that causes a school closing or a delay, you can expect that we will contact you by phone, text and/or email using our School Messenger notification system. Please listen to the call or the message that it leaves should you miss the call. This system also enables us to post emergency notifications to the District and school Facebook pages as well as to the District’s website at Emergency cancellations or closing announcements are made via local radio and television stations as well. When the District announces a two-hour delay, this means that buses will be dispatched starting two hours later than normal. In addition, when school is forced to close early and your child needs to go to another person’s home for temporary care, you must have the information on file with the office at the school where your child attends.

As an update, our enrollment is 3,947 students (as of November 9th). We are in a period of relative stability having completed a 38 million dollar construction project. The Board of Education is proposing a $3.5 million capital project that would provide a more secure entrance at the high school, replace the two blue storage barns on Route 11 and renovate and expand the buildings and grounds facility. The proposition for this project would authorize that funds come from capital reserves so there would be no debt and no increase to property taxes.  There will be a public information session held in the LGI at the high school on November 28th beginning at 7:00PM, a public input session at the Board of Education meeting at the District Office on December 6th beginning at 6:30 PM and the public vote will take place on December 10th from noon to 8:00PM in the Board Room at the District Office. I encourage you to attend these information and input sessions and to vote on December 10th.

Indian River continues to excel in terms of the well-rounded educational experiences we provide our students and, by extension, our community. Our students are able to earn many college credits as they progress toward graduation from our high school. Student participation and performance overall academically, in terms of the fine arts programming we offer as well as the wealth of extra-curricular and athletic programming is outstanding and unsurpassed by any other district in the area and/or region. The curriculum and professional development that our staff engage in meets the highest standards in order to continue to facilitate success on the part of our students in meeting New York State requirements.

In closing, on behalf of the District, I wish you and your family the very best as we enter the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at our holiday concerts, special events held at the schools or at our many extra-curricular or athletic events throughout the winter months. We wish you peace, health, happiness and the joy of family and friends throughout the New Year and beyond.

Mary Anne Dobmeier
Superintendent of Schools

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