CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
1 Park St. Marathon, NY 13803
Dear Community Parents and Members,
The holiday season is here and there are so many things to be thankful for. I am ecstatic that our elementary building has been open for in-person since September 9th. Our junior/senior high school has had a few bumps in the road, but has been in-person learning more than many of the schools in NY State. We have succeeded in so many challenging areas this year, and we did so through the support of our students, parents, community members and extremely dedicated teachers and staff.
NY State Department of Education has given schools flexibility when using emergency closing days during the 2020-2021 school year. How do we envision this working at Marathon? This is a good question which has many answers. For example:
If the District is in an in-person learning mode and the weather is bad, a traditional snow day may be called. (No classes would be held that day. )
If a big storm is predicted, we may send home computers with UPK-5th grade students, allowing all children to pivot to remote learning until the storm has passed.
If all students are remote (UPK-12th grade), students and staff could continue with remote learning, saving the emergency day for later in the year.
If school is closed (no classes in session for the day) we will alert families through the TV/radio stations, K12 alert calls, Facebook and the website. If we pivot to remote learning on a day due to bad weather or other emergency situations, we may not have the ability to advertise the change on the local news stations, but will alert families through K12 alert calls, Facebook and the district website. Regardless, we will make sure the lines of communication are open, keeping families and staff informed.
As of today, NY State winter athletics are still on pause. We hope to hear more soon. We were fortunate to have an informal fall athletic season and have begun winter conditioning with students in 7-8th and 9-12th grade pods. I want to thank our coaches for volunteering their time before the regular season to provide these opportunities for our students. If you happen to see one of our coaches, please help me by thanking them for all they are doing to keep our children active.
2021-2022 School Budget
In January we will begin the 2021-2022 school budgeting process. We are currently seeking feedback you would like to share with the board. A community survey can be found in the Torchlight as well as on line at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3JrqrnSKQNHkGZ_6dJkJ1NIfEvYm4E3Y0JnzDnG4AdxqYDA/viewform. This will be a challenging budget season which will require some careful planning.
As always, if you have any concerns that could not be addressed by speaking with your child’s teacher or the building principal, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with you in the coming new year.
Rebecca Stone – Marathon Superintendent
Secretary to Superintendent
Information Access Officer
Phone (607) 849-3117
Fax (607) 849-3305