Thank you Mayfield voters!
Mayfield voters approve 2015-16 School Budget
May 19, 2015 Voters in the Mayfield Central School District Tuesday, May 19, voted in favor of the 2015-16 budget 296 to 101. The $16,985,148 budget represents a $439,112 decrease in expenditures compared to the current budget and increases the local tax levy by $191,456 or 2.7 percent.
Residents also approved district
to use its bus reserve fund to purchase two 65-passenger
buses at a cost of $228,000, and one 41-passenger bus at a cost of $103,000. The district is eligible for roughly 75 percent reimbursement for these vehicle purchases through state School Transportation Aid. Between the reimbursement from state aid, the sale of older buses, and the projected savings on maintenance and repair, there is little year-to-year increase in local costs related to the purchases.
Residents also voted in favor of
re-establishing the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund. This
the district to re-establish a bus purchase reserve fund for future acquisition of school buses and vehicles. Utilizing School Transportation Aid and unappropriated fund balance and budgetary appropriations, the reserve will be funded at a maximum amount of $2 million. The term of the reserve is 10 years.
One candidate, Aaron Flynn, was also elected to the board of education garnering 231 votes. Board terms are five years.
Exit survey results
May 20, 2015 Mayfield CSD conducted a Board-approved voluntary voter exit poll survey of district residents who participated last night at the annual vote and election. Two hundred and fifteen  voters participated in that voluntary exit poll survey. Attached is a public report offering highlights and details of the survey results. At next month’s school board meeting, there will be appreciation expressed to members of the high school’s college-level American Political Systems class, led by faculty member Jennifer Wasserstrom. Members of that class helped administer that voluntary voter exit survey and tally the results of that anonymous survey.
2015-16 School Budget put before voters on May 19
April 29, 2015 Residents will be asked to vote on the 2015-16 Mayfield School District Budget on Tuesday, May 19. A detailed copy of the budget booklet is available here (pdf document) and will be availabe at each building's main office and the district office by May 4.
A four-page newsletter highlighting budget information will be mailed to each district resident and is also available for review here (pdf document).
MCS Board items from regular meeting on May 12
Highlights of School Board Action April 21, 2015
April 22, 2015 The school board met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 21. Highlights of the meeting can be viewed here. The board adopted Policy 1440 Complaints About District Personnel can be viewed here.
In preparation for the meeting, read the Superintendent's Report here. Information includes: Next month’s 2015 edition of the annual budget detail booklet, associated with the school district’s annual vote and election, will include the State Education Department’s forty-six page school report ‘card’ on Mayfield CSD academic achievement, and a supplemental four-page fiscal accountability report comparing Mayfield CSD expenditure patterns with other New York State public school districts.
York State Education Department’s spring 2015 School
District Report Card for
Mayfield CSD is a forty-six page document, plus dozens of school-specific detail sheets for our Elementary School and Jr./Sr. High school. A “cut to the chase” snapshot report can be seen here.
Annual state department's Fiscal Accountability Report Card on Mayfield summary.
Mrs. Lauren Lozier Recognized with Champions of Character AwardMrs. Lozier was chosen as one of fourteen educators and students in New York State to receive the Champions of Character Award. The Champions of Character Award is given in honor of individuals, schools, and organizations throughout New York State in recognition of leadership and dedication to the vision and mission of fostering positive character development in our youth and communities. The honorary Committee Chair Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the keynote speaker at the event. The planning committee for this achievement award consists of Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblyman John McDonald III, County Executive Kathy Jimino, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Dr. Philip Fusco, Dr. Hanns Meissner, CEO, and the ARC Rensselear County. Also receiving this award was Dr. Stephen Birchak who has been a presenter for students and faculty at our school and resides in our community. Several volunteers, businesses, and schools were also chosen to be honored. On April 15, Mrs. Lozier received the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges Champions of Character Award at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom in Troy.
Mrs. Lozier shared that she is tremendously honored and humbled to be receiving this award. She stated that she accepts this award on behalf of all of the students, parents, teachers, staff, administration, and community members who have worked tirelessly by her side for the last 25 years. She is extremely proud of our school and all of our accomplishments. She giggles when she tells people, “I may be beating the drum, but I am not the whole band!” She continues to be driven in her journey to help Mayfield Central School District reach the goal of receiving the NYS School of Character designation. At this time, our district has reorganized our approach and will be adopting a PreK through grade 12 framework for character in hopes of developing a school and community environment that reflects all domains of character at all times.
Final state budget approved by the State Legislature
April 1, 2015The Mayfield Central School District expects an estimated $8,755,453 in state funding as part of the final state budget approved by the State Legislature.
To receive the aid, legislators approving the budget are requiring that the district retool its teacher evaluation plan – known as the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) – under a new set of undetermined rules. The plan must be approved by the State Education Department by November 15.
“Overall, state aid is estimated to drop $349,733 and that was forecasted by Mayfield CSD because a roughly 15-year payment schedule associated with facilities repairs, renovations and modernization authorized by voters more than fifteen years ago comes to a close at the end of this school year. Since Mayfield CSD will no longer be paying debt on that roughly 15-year old capital project, the corresponding state aid payments associated with that debt load come to a close, as well,” said Interim Superintendent A. Paul Scott.
The amount includes a $567,900 restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment – or GEA. This represents a partial restoration of the amount that has been deducted annually from the district’s promised state aid since 2010. The GEA has been used as a way to help the state balance its budget. Statewide, nearly $10 billion in school aid has been removed from districts since the GEA was introduced. Legislators have agreed to end the GEA permanently in 2016-17. View the District Bulletin here (PDF document).
Mayfield BOE appointed Jon Peterson as superintendent, approved proposed spending plan for 2015-16
March 18, 2015 The Mayfield Central School District Board of Education appointed Jon Peterson as Superintendent of Schools, for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018, during their regular meeting held on Tuesday, Mar. 17.
The Board also adopted a proposed spending plan of $16.98 million for the 2015-16 school year during last night's meeting. Residents will go the polls on May 19, 2015, to vote on the plan. The proposed budget plan sustains the same scope of instructional programs and support services already in place. More details will be available in the weeks ahead.
To read the entire District-wide bulletin from the Mar. 17 meeting, click here.
Mayfield BOE items up for discussion
March 11, 2015
The Mayfield Central School District Board of Education
will hold it's regular meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 17.
Items up for discussion include the following documents
1. Update on statewide budget development
2. Forecast of revenues and expenditures for 2015-16 at Mayfield CSD
3. Code of Conduct implementation so far this school year
4. Winter 2015 preparations for the annual spring State testing program at Mayfield CSD
Mayfield BOE announces Jon Peterson as new superintendent
March 6, 2015 The Mayfield Central School District Board of Education has announced its choice of Jon W. Peterson as new superintendent of schools. Peterson is currently superintendent of schools for the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District in western New York. Pending successful contract negotiations, he is expected to assume his responsibilities on July 1, 2015. Read full story here.
Highlights of School Board Action February 24, 2015
School Safety Drill
February 27, 2015 On the morning of Friday, February 27, 2015 at Mayfield Central School District’s Junior-Senior High School facility, school administrators engaged in a pre-planned multi-part safety and security exercise with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, according to Mayfield Central School District Interim Superintendent of Schools A. Paul Scott. The multi-part exercise reflects on-going focus on campus safety and security. The multi-part drill affords administrators and the school district helpful information regarding staff and student awareness and response with key safety protocols and procedures. Mayfield Central School District is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. The Interim Superintendent said the ongoing partnership with various law enforcement agencies is valued, as is the cooperation and assistance of Mayfield’s faculty and support staff with such multi-part exercises.
First 2015-16 Board budget workshop was held on Feb. 24
February 25, 2015
Mayfield School District’s Board of Education
held their first 2015-16 Budget Workshop during
Tuesday's regular meeting. An overview of the
budget process and a summary of feedback
received thus far was presented. The following
items are available for public review by
clicking the link:
Updated Budget Development Timetable
Policy 6000 Fiscal Management Goals
Policy 6112 Determining Budget Priorities
Policy 6114 Board Requests for Data and Reports
Report on Average Class Sizes at Mayfield CSD
Report on Governor’s Proposed State Budget Plan
Report on School Bus Fleet
Interim Superintendent’s Forecast of GEA Legislative Relief
Report on Faculty-Staff Team Recommendations for Additional Expenditures
Proposed Budget Parameters for Continued Development of an Expenditures Plan
Report on 2015 Tax Levy Cap Formula and Figures for Mayfield CSD
The next 2015-16 Budget Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 17. More budget related information can be found on the MCS Budget webpage.
Assemblyman Butler visited MCS
February 25, 2015 - Mayfield School District’s Assemblyman Marc Butler (118th Assembly District) made a brief budget-related visit to the school district on Thursday, Feb. 12. He is slated for a return visit in the spring as well. His visit focused on discussions regarding the Gap Elimination Adjustment [GEA] and forecasted legislative action regarding state aid to Mayfield CSD for 2015-2016. View a pdf of the district bulletin regarding his time at MCS.
Update on Superintendent Search: Board narrows candidate pool down to four applicants
February 25, 2015 The MCS School Board identified four applicants following the first round of interviews. Second-round semi-finalists interviews will be completed by early March. To find out more about the candidates, click here.
Interim Superintendent's Update - January 20
January 21, 2015 - Paul Scott, MCS Interim Superintendent, released his Jan. 20 update to the Board of Education. Included in the report are his expectations for the Governor to pursue an aggressive legislative package and what that may mean for Mayfield. Also included in this report is an update on APPR. View the entire report here.
Mayfield CSD State of the District public report is available
January 20, 2015 - A preview edition of the upcoming Mayfield CSD State of the District public report from the Interim Superintendent of Schools forecasts what is ahead for Mayfield CSD. Also, the preview edition identifies the status of various instructional components and organizational components of Mayfield CSD for year 2015. Lastly, the report suggests a set of public service areas of focus next school year, to advance the district’s mission. A PDF copy of the preview edition is available HERE. The public report will be discussed by the Board of Education at the January 20 regular monthly meeting.
January 5, 2015
A consortium of 14 school districts, including
Mayfield, led by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery
BOCES has won $393,966 to review and improve
student assessment practices.
The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide.
Public Reporting Calendar Available
December 18, 2014 This school year’s public reporting calendar calls for twenty-eight public reports distributed across each month of the 2014-2015 academic year. Eleven of the twenty-eight reports have been examined by the school board. Most of those reports are available via this website. A PDF copy of the public reporting calendar is available. View here
Technology Public Report
December 18, 2014 Current status and emerging needs/priorities of the school district's information technology network are outlined in the December 2014 public report on the Mayfield CSD information technology network's priorities and resources for year 2015. A PDF copy of that public report is available. View here
Highlights of School Board Action November 2014
November 21, 2014 The school board adopted two policies at the November 18, 2014 regular monthly meeting: Policy 1522 Commercialism on District Campuses and Policy 8505 Student Meal Charge Policy. (See Policies). A district-wide bulletin outlining other highlights of school board action on November 18, 2014 is available here. The November 18, 2014 monthly update from Interim Superintendent of Schools a. Paul Scott is available here.
Congratulations to the 2014 Varsity Boys Soccer Team
November 17, 2014
The 2014 varsity boys soccer team clinched the Western Athletic Conference North title, the program's first since 2003. After a slow start, winning only once in their first four games, the boys finished the regular season with a twelve game unbeaten run that included 11 wins and a tie. Their final record in the regular season was 12 wins, 3 losses and a tie. Read more
Oct. 29, 2014 Mayfield Interim Superintendent A. Paul Scott released a District-wide Bulletin Oct. 22, focused action taken during the regular Board of Education meeting, held on Oct. 21. View the bulletin here (pdf). A resolution (pdf) was passed regarding the State's Gap Elimination Adjustment.
Updated Board policies include:
Mayfield’s Code of Conduct – Reviewed Annually
October 15, 2014 New York State expects each public school district’s Board of Education to adopt and enforce a code of conduct for maintenance of order on school property and at school functions. The code of conduct governs the conduct of students, employees and visitors. Each Board of Education is to review the code annually and update the code if and as necessary. Mayfield CSD’s Code of Conduct was adopted by the Board of Education August 19, 2014. School districts are expected to make the Code of Conduct a public document. A PDF copy of the Code of Conduct is available here.
Shop at Price Chopper and earn points for free equipment
October 15, 2014With Tools for Schools, you earn points on behalf of Mayfield Elementary School every time you shop using your AdvantEdge Card. The points are redeemed by the school for FREE equipment such as school supplies, musical instruments, and playground equipment.
Here's how it works:
1. Register your AdvantEdge Card and designate a school at the Guest Services desk at your local Price Chopper, at school, or using our online form. You'll be required to sign up each year. Mayfield School's code is 15812.
2. The program begins on Sunday, July 27, 2014 and runs until Saturday, March 28, 2015.
3. All purchases using your AdvantEdge Card will be automatically credited to Mayfield Elementary School.
4. Every dollar* spent at Price Chopper earns you one point. Purchase Price Chopper or Central Market Classics brands and receive double points.
New Parent Resource Center, "Panthers' Closet", is now open
October 6, 2014 Mayfield Elementary School is pleased to announce the opening of a new Parent Resource Center, "Panthers' Closet." Located just inside the front door of the Mayfield Elementary School, across the hall from the main office, Pathers' Closet offers free informational materials on parenting, education, health, community resources and many other topics. Clothing, toiletries and school supplies are also available for families in need. Panthers' Closet is open to Mayfield families from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each school day. As always, please sign in at the main office upon arrival at school. For more information, contact School Psychologist, Lauren Lozier, or Robin Lair, School Counselor.
Information Technology Network and Student Email Accounts
September 17, 2014 District policy 4526 sets forth specifics regarding access to the school district’s information technology network and acceptable use of the Internet. The school district reserves the right to access, review and monitor use of the network as well as the data that is stored or transmitted. Use of the email system for personal business is not authorized. There was some limited piloting of district-created individual student email accounts last school year. Also, the school district is aware that more and more students arrive at school already having their own personal or family email account. The Interim Superintendent of Schools is gathering facts and background information on this matter of individual student email accounts. Meanwhile, any further piloting of district-created individual student emails is ‘on hold’ at least for the start of this school year, until a suitable protocol or policy is put into place by the school board.
Mon, May 11
Suicide Prevention Task Force Meeting; 2:20 p.m., upper library
Tues, May 12
Board of Education meeting; 7 p.m., upper library
Sat, May 16
Alumni Basketball; 5:30 p.m., HS gym, Doors open at 4 p.m.
Tues, May 19
Kids Care Club meeting; 8:30 a.m., Elem cafe
Annual Meeting/Budget Vote; 12 Noon - 8 p.m., HS gym lobby
Thur, May 21
5 week progress reports posted to portal
Thur, May 28
Jr/Sr HS Choral Concert; 6:30 p.m., auditorium
Sat, June 6
Prom Walk; 5:30 - 6:15 p.m., HS front lawn
Post Prom; 12:00 midnight - 4:30 a.m., HS cafe and auditorium
Mon, June 8
Wall of Dedication meeting; 7 p.m., lower HS library
Mon, June 15
Mandatory graduation practice, Class of 2015; 11 a.m., auditorium (followed by senior picnic)
Tues, June 16
Board of Education meeting; 7 p.m., upper library
Fri, June 19
Senior banquet; 6:30 p.m., St Patrick's Hall (Masonic Temple)
Thur, June 25
Last day of school
Grade 6 graduation; 10 a.m., HS auditorium
Fri, June 26
Senior Awards Ceremony; 6:00 p.m., auditorium
Baccalaureate; 7 p.m., Mayfield Presbyterian Church
Sat, June 27
Class of 2015 Graduation; 11 a.m., Athletic fields
Thur, July 2
Final report cards posted to portal
Fri, July 3
Schools closed in observance of Independence Day