Tuesday, August 19, 2014

     Another summer seems to have slipped away and before we know it, the Great New York State Fair is upon us.  For many, this marks the beginning of the end of summer . . . for others, this identifies the opening of school following the Labor Day weekend.  In 2 short weeks, our staff will attend their various training and orientation sessions - followed a couple days later with the return of our students and back into the routine and regiment of "school."

     This summer has been a very busy one - signified by the ambitious schedule of capital improvements throughout the school district.  We are currently finishing up the paving and parking lot improvements at the Chestnut Hill Campus, as well as the Soule Road Campus.  Both locations have had significant modifications to the traffic flow for bus alignment, staff parking, and parent drop off.  Chestnut Hill Elementary and Middle School will continue capital work with building envelope improvements throughout the fall and spring.  Already this summer, the main entrances for both sites have been upgraded with security and safety changes.  We anticipate the window replacement project will get underway in October and likely be finished by late spring.  Other work around the district has included the new main office/entrance renovations for Elmcrest Elementary School; Willowfield Elementary has also undergone a "face-lift" as their main office has been relocated to the front of the building; and the Morgan Road Campus (Elementary and Annex) have recently experienced several major renovations both inside and outside of the building (including window and door replacement, roof replacement, and other minor interior upgrades).

     A major undertaking this summer has been the Liverpool High School Roof Replacement Project (Part 1).  Titan Roofing has focused on the sections of the building deemed to be in worst condition based on actual water leaks.  These areas include: pool, gymnasium, auditorium, and science wing.  As summer ends and fall approaches - the contractors will be finishing up the metal work around the perimeter of the building roof, but all areas of the building will be occupied by the time fall sports kicks off.  As we finish up part 1 of the roof replacement project this summer . . . next summer will be equally challenging considering the steel work and remainder of the roof tear-off still needing to be addressed.  It is anticipated that we are on schedule with all of the projects and expected to be finished on-time and within the budget perimeters.

     Aside from the facility upgrades occurring throughout the district, we have also focused on the replacement of many staff members.  Specifically at the Liverpool High School - you will see three new faces in the main LHS building . . . Doug Lawrence has replaced Anthony Davis as the Executive Principal (Tony has moved into a district-level director position). Additionally, David Hunter (previous health teacher at LHS), and Kasey Dolson (acquired from Mexico CSD) all join the high school administrative team.  We have also added a new elementary principal replacing Amanda Viel (who took a position at BOCES).  Heather Silvia will be the Donlin Drive Elementary School Principal (Heather was previously at West Genesee CSD).  We have also retired a long standing face in Liverpool within the Athletic Department . . . George Mangicaro has hung up his cleats and whistle as the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics after 50 years of service to the students and programs in Central New York.  Replacing George is Ari Liberman (leaving Henninger and Nottingham as their Athletic Director).  Ari began the transition to Liverpool in late June and is now fully on-board at the helm of our athletic programs.  We are very excited with the entire slate of new staff members . . . all focusing on the improvement and achievement of our students and the educational programs.

     Another change new for the district is the roll-out of a new web page.  The web page will offer many new and exciting features.  We have grappled with the "appropriate and least disruptive" time for the cut-over from our current web presence to the new site . . . I'm not sure there is a really good time - but we are anticipating the shift from the 'old to the new' will begin on Friday, August 22nd and be completed by Sunday evening, August 24th.  Please visit the new site; what you will notice (hopefully) is a dedication to finding resources and navigating the site in a more logical manner.  There is an on-line request for your input based on the experience you have when visiting our new web page . . .

     Thank You and I look forward to an exiting and successful new school year!

     Mark F. Potter, Superintendent of Schools