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President of the board for four years and has been a very active member of our policy committee, health and wellness committee and our facilities committee. Mrs. Parker has always had the students best interest at heart. We thank her for all of her years of service to our community and our school.

The district will be providing a summer school program for incoming K-6th grade students at Appleby Elementary. Summer school dates for the district program will be July 9th –August 3rd. Regional summer school for grades 7-12 will be held at Cortland High School from July 10th-August 17th. The Marathon driver’s education program will have classes from June 25th - July 19th (no driver’s ed on July 2nd, 3rd or 4th). These classes, as well as summer band lessons for junior/senior high students, will be held at the high school. I wanted to remind everyone that Marathon has a summer feeding program that will run from July 9th-August 3rd at Appleby Elementary. Breakfast will be served at 7:30-10:15 AM and lunch will be served from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM and is FREE to all children ages 0-18. Students do not need to be a student in the summer school program or a student in our district to be fed. We hope to be able to serve as many free meals in our community as possible, so please help us spread the word. In addition, the Appleby Elementary library will be open to the community on Tuesdays from July 10th-July 31st. The hours will be from 7:30 AM-11:00 AM and all Marathon community children are welcome.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming celebrations and graduation. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your building principal or myself at the district office.


Rebecca Stone

Rebecca Stone - District Superintendent

Phone: (607) 849-3117

email: RStone@marathonschools.org

Torchlight June 2018

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I would like to begin by thanking our school community for supporting our 2018-2019 school budget. The $18,236,220 school budget passed with 123 yes votes to 21 no votes. The bus purchases for 4 school buses (4-66/44 passenger) not to exceed $400,000 passed with 116 yes votes to 28 no votes. The propositions to fund the Capital reserve Fund passed with 118 yes votes and 26 no votes. The proposition to create a capital reserve fund to purchase buses, vehicles and equipment was approved with 115 yes votes and 29 no votes. The Board of Education went to Mrs. Rebecca Edsall with 117 votes and Mrs. Sally Phillips (a write in candidate) with 19 votes. We will be welcoming back Mrs. Edsall and swearing in our new board member, Mrs. Phillips at our reorganization meeting in July.

The Board of Education and the Marathon School Community would like to thank Mrs. Kirsten Parker for her seven years of service to the board. Mrs. Parker has been the Vice

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Marathon Central School District

Embrace  *  Educate  *  Empower

​​​Message From The Superintendent

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The Marathon Central School District has always strived to provide our students with the best education possible. We realize that it is harder and harder for our children to remain competitive in the work force and in the field of continued education. We also recognize that we have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the world around us right here in our own backyard.  Keeping those two thoughts in mind, it was time to re-engineer our district mission and vision and create a strategic plan that will help focus and guide us as we educate our students.  The purpose of this plan is to help all students graduate from Marathon Central School District with the skills and knowledge that they will need to be successful with any career path they choose and to provide them with unlimited possibilities.

Strategic Planning Process

The Marathon Central School District decided to establish a long range plan that would guide the decision making process of the school.    The district chose to embark on a process that was open, transparent and inclusive so that the voices of all interested stakeholders could be heard.  Becoming a great school requires planning and focus with 5-year targets in selected areas that include built-in yearly monitoring to ensure that the work being done has the desired impact.  The process in this district was rigorous, interactive and challenging with students always being the top priority as it challenged administrators, parents and community members to think in new ways about what is best for the students in the district.  To achieve the goals of this plan, it will require collaboration, perseverance and commitment by all stakeholders. 


Embrace  *  Educate  *  Empower


The Marathon Central School District will excel at graduating citizens who are college and career ready and able to pursue unlimited possibilities locally and globally.


We believe…

  • Students will become strong, confident and resilient citizens prepared to pursue unlimited possibilities.
  • Every student will be valued and engaged in positive mutual relationships.
  • All students will be critical thinkers and problem solvers who meet rigorous academic standards.
  • All students will be academically engaged and will understand what they must do to be a successful learner.
  • Each child will strive for excellence and reach their full potential.
  • Students have a shared responsibility for their own learning.
  • Students will contribute to society as knowledgeable, responsible and involved citizens.
  • Our students must be prepared for the continuing challenges of the future.
  • In welcoming and accepting all students and supporting them throughout the stages of their lives.
  • In the power of partnerships between the District and the Marathon Community to meet the needs of each learner.

Task Force 1 – Embrace

Strategic Intent #1:By June 2019, 100% of students will indicate that they feel valued and are engaged in positive mutual relationships.

Key Initiative 1-1: We will develop practices and procedures that engage all students through building positive relationships with all students.

Task Force 2 – Educate

Strategic Intent #2: By June 2019, 100% of students will meet or exceed proficiency levels that reflect increased expectations and rigor in the area of critical thinking.

Key Initiative 2-1: We will identify and measure critical thinking skills PK-12 and define grade level expectations.

Task Force 3 – Empower

Strategic Intent #3: By June 2019, 100% of students will demonstrate leadership and/or civic engagement by holding leadership positions and collecting hours of community service as measured at the end of the senior year.

Key Initiative 3-1: We will have students engaged in leadership roles and community service to build confidence as they serve their community.

Strategic Intent #4: By June 2019, 100% of students will demonstrate the skills and strategies needed to advocate for themselves and others.

Key Initiative 4-1: We will identify strategies and educate the students with the essential skills necessary to advocate for themselves and others.