May 8 Superintendent Update
This week we honored our educators during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for sharing your words of gratitude and inspiring stories with your teachers. Our educators felt your appreciation.
As we close in another week of remote learning, I have a few more updates to share with you.
Information on retrieval of belongings
Information was shared via SchoolMessenger and Google Classrooms regarding the schedule and procedure, by building, on the retrieval of belongings left at school back in March. All belongings that are not picked up by your building’s scheduled date will be secured until the next school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal.
Annual school budget vote and board election to be held June 9 by absentee ballot
In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, Governor Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.
Following QUFSD’s April 11 budget re-adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely) on May 26, and mail a budget notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.
Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter. You can expect to receive the postcards by the end of next week.
QUFSD t is continuing to review the details of the executive order and will share more information as soon as possible.
Board of Education Election
On June 9, voters will elect candidates to fill two seats on the Queensbury Board of Education. Each seat is for a full five-year term.
This year, the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates has been waived. Candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election. If you have any questions or would like a petition, please email Assistant Superintendent for Business Scott Whittemore no later than May 11.
Let’s choose hope
I want each and every one of you to know that I am thinking of you. I am looking forward to the day when we can come back together as one (Q-nited) school community. I know some days are easier than others, so I’d like you all to remember this quote:
“Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.” – Barbara Kingsolver
I find hope in little things every day, like when I see our students participating in good deeds to help out neighbors, or in our community members answering our calls for food donations.
I find hope when I venture out to the grocery store and see the essential workers, or see my neighbor who is a nurse, headed out to another shift. Next week, I would like to invite you to join me in thanking the essential workers and volunteers bravely serving our community each day. Thanks to their remarkable courage and strength, I am given the hope needed to make it through these times. More information will be shared next week.
I hope you all have a great weekend and take some time to unplug. Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers, grandmothers and maternal figures out there! You have always been essential!
Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools