Dr. Cheryl J. Venettozzi - Superintendent of Schools

  • CHERYL

    May 2022

    Dear Holland Patent School District Community,

    The Board of Education adopted the spending plan of $37,990,863 for the 2022-2023 school year at the March 23, 2022 meeting. The budget supports a solid curriculum which seeks to prepare students for college and career readiness. We have faced challenges over the last two years that have required flexible thinking and planning. This would not have been possible without the efforts of our teachers, staff and students, as well as the support from our community. The spending plan that has been constructed is fiscally responsible to our taxpayers in the long- and short-term,while continuing to maintain the solid educational programs that are essential to our students’ success today and in the future.  Some highlights, amongst other wonderful opportunities in our budget, are inclusive of the following examples of our programs:

    • Languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language
    • Arts: Photography, Computer Graphics, Drawing and Painting, Digital Design, Sculpture
    • Technology: CAD, DDP, Computer Applications
    • Physical Education: Life Saving, Health, PE K-12
    • Music: Chorus, Select Chorus, Jazz Band, Vocal Ensemble, String Ensemble, Music Theory, K-8 General Music, Chamber Orchestra
    • MVCC: English 101, English 110, Government, Environmental Science, Economics, CAD, Accounting, Computer Applications, Music Appreciation, French, Spanish, Psychology, Sociology, Pre- Calculus, Calculus, Statistics
    • AP Courses: Calculus, Biology, Language and Composition, U.S. Government, U.S. History and Government, Modern World History, Music Theory
    • Sports: Football, Tennis, Swim, Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling, Volleyball, Alpine and Nordic Ski, Baseball, Softball, Golf, Track and Lacrosse 

    We have been working on our strategic plan as a Board of Education, Leadership Team, Faculty, Staff and Community to align our focus on the Mission, Vision and District Goals for the future. It has been a positive and productive time in our school buildings across the district. We are bursting at the seams with ideas and commitment to student growth and overcoming the barriers that we have had to work through over the last two years. We are future focused, with students centered at our core. Some of our points of pride include:

    • Small Class Sizes
    • Investment in Early Literacy – Full-day sections of Pre-K
    • Building Literacy Capacity K-12
    • Teacher Center Professional Learning that supports district initiatives and building capacity
    • Differentiated Professional Learning with Technology Integration
    • Instructional Coaching K-12 focused in Reading, Writing and Math
    • Connected Community Schools, which are located in every building
    • Hubs located in every school with food pantry, clothing closet and school supplies
    • Links Referrals to outside agencies including mental health, housing, family needs, academics, nutrition, medical needs, transportation and behavior management
    • Dual Credit Courses – Syracuse University Project Advance, MVCC, HCCC, Utica University, Hamilton College
    • Career and Technical Education, P-TECH, New Visions, Regional Program for Excellence
    • Summer Programing for K-8 Enrichment at Holland Patent
    • Summer camps, including Athletics, STEM, Art and Music
    • Accrual of 54 dual-credits available to all students attending our high school
    • Best community for Music Education for 5 consecutive years
    • Mentoring Program for New Staff
    • Updating Curriculum to ensure the NEXT Generation standards are embedded
    • Instructional Coaches are building small group instruction in the classrooms
    • Using student data to drive instruction and fill gaps due to learning loss

    These points of pride are supported through a fiscally responsible proposed budget. The proposed 2022-23 tax levy is a 2.2% increase from the 2021-22 budget. The tax levy limit requires districts in New York State to apply a multi-step formula to determine the tax levy increase a district can propose. We will once again stay within this tax levy limit. The Board of Education adopted a spending plan of $37,990,863 for the 2022-2023 school year, which results in a levy below the district maximum allowable levy limit.  Many years of financial planning has helped us to build a budget that engages student-centered learning and is fiscally responsible with a tax levy under the allowable levy limit. We would like to thank everyone who put forth a great deal of effort in the development of the budget. We invite all residents to attend the public hearing at Holland Patent High School on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The budget vote will be Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Cheryl J. Venettozzi
    Superintendent of Schools