District Newsletter
February 15, 2020
District Calendar
2/11 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
2/17 Presidents Day, District Offices Closed
2/17-2/21 Winter Recess, No School for Students
2/25 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
3/10 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
3/12 Half Day for Students
3/13 No School for Students
3/16 No School for Students
Last Call for Family Engagement Survey
The 25 question survey will remain open through  February 28, 2020 . Your response to the survey is very important.  Please take ten to fifteen minutes and share your ideas, experiences and feedback! We want to hear from you!  
 **Paper copies of the survey are also available at your child(ren)'s school. If you prefer to complete the survey on paper, please ask for a copy from the building office.
Auditorium Project Update
Progress on the auditorium has been moving along this winter as scheduled! A noticeable difference is the exterior siding that has been installed. 

Director of Facilities Bob Martin said, “The exterior wall sheathing on all four sides of the building will be completed in mid to late February. A large crane is coming on the week of February 17th to install the final larger sections of duct work on the roof of the auditorium.” 

As the exterior gets wrapped up- the work on the interior will continue. Right now the main item being worked on is the theatrical stage rigging. Cables are being installed along with pulleys and counterweights. All this is necessary for the stage to be able to hang curtains, lights and stage scenery. Additional lighting and sound system components are being wired for the audience seating area.

The interior work includes continuing the painting of the space. The ceiling is almost done being painted black and the acoustical clouds are up next to be painted grey. These clouds were specially made for Cortland and hung last month.

Next up, the stage floor which is in a state of disrepair will be replaced. The floor is getting a complete top to bottom remodel with all new flooring. Porous acoustical wood panels still need to be hung on the walls of the auditorium. The metal studs for the panels have been installed and this will be one of the last steps to prevent the panels from getting damaged during construction. The newly refurbished formerly orange (now purple) seats will arrive in April and will then be installed. 

Please stay tuned for updates via our social media accounts, twitter, facebook and instagram @CECSDistrict to see progress! We also are keeping our Auditorium website up to date. 
Superintendent Search
 As a result of the announced retirement of Superintendent of Schools Michael Hoose, the Board of Education has engaged Dr. Jeffrey Matteson, District Superintendent of TST BOCES, as search consultant to conduct a search for a new Superintendent of Schools. 

This position is now posted as a vacancy with an application deadline of Friday, February 28, 2020. During this month, the applicant materials will be received and the board will review them prior to selecting individuals to interview. Stakeholder involvement in the process will begin soon with a community survey and the thoughts of our faculty/staff will be solicited in the coming weeks. The goal is to have a superintendent in place by July 2020.

All questions or comments are to be directed to Dr. Jeffrey A. Matteson, TST BOCES District Superintendent at 607-257-1551 or  jmatteson@tstboces.org
To view the application and brochure click  here
Junior High Hosts GeoBee
 Students from Cortland Enlarged City Schools participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on January 29th. Lucas Fetterly, a 7th grade student from the Junior High, won first place with Leigha Yunghans, an 8th grade student, winning second place and Tyler Fitchette, a 7th grade student, finishing in third place. 

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world they inhabit. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, history, zoology, and earth science.  Read more...
K Registration
All Screenings will take place at Barry Primary School. Current dates of screenings:
  • Monday, June 29, 2020
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Child must be 5 on or before December 1, 2020.
Children who turn 6 before December 1, 2020 must attend school.
Parents are urged to call (607)-758-4106, prior to April 20, 2020 to make a registration/screening appointment and to receive a pre-registration packet.
All students must have an appointment prior to the school registration dates listed above.

There will be a Kindergarten Meet and Greet on May 5, 2020 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
This is an event for parents AND their entering Kindergarten student. There will be activities for students/families will get to meet all of our Kindergarten teachers and other staff members.
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