Superintendent Update #14 – April 24, 2020


Superintendent Update #14 – April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020


Dear Members of the Warwick Valley CSD Community,

The district will continue to provide updates on the website as more information becomes available. Today I call your attention to the following two topics:

I.Call to Action: Federal Aid for States and Schools

Significant cuts to New York State school aid will likely occur absent of the assistance from the Federal Government. New York State school aid accounts for 27% of Warwick Valley CSD’s revenue or about $26 million. I urge us all to contact our representatives in Congress to tell them that Washington must deliver more support to states and public schools.

 Please consider making the following points: 

  1. I am calling to ask that Senator / Congressman / Congresswoman _______ support the bipartisan proposal by Senators Menendez and Cassidy to deliver $500 billion in federal aid to states, local governments, and public schools.
  2. Without more help from Washington, New York schools will likely experience drastic cuts in school funding.
  3. Schools will incur extraordinary costs in the coming year, helping students recover lost ground in learning from the disruptions they are now experiencing. We also expect the challenges that families are enduring will likely increase the need for student support, once regular classes resume. 
  4. Additional school funding should specifically target schools. 
  5. Please support additional federal aid to our state and our schools.

You may find your member(s) of the U.S. House of Representatives by entering a zip code here.

A list with their Washington phone numbers is available here (scroll down to New York).

Here are office locations and phone numbers for Senator Charles Schumer.

Here are office locations and phone numbers for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

 Again, New York State will likely make significant reductions in school funding without more help from Washington. Please consider advocating for public education.

II. WVCSD Parent Guide To Distance Learning: Update

Earlier this week, the district published a Parent Guide To Distance Learning. The document reviews our approach to virtual lesson design, family resources, student expectations, technology support, and much more. Yesterday, the guide was updated to include information about secondary grading (grades 7- 12). 


With warm regards and much hope,


Dr. David Leach



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