Spring will get here — and so will the 2015-2016 School Budget VOTE!

Nature PhotographyWhile the weather outside may be frightful – we don’t think you’ll find the proposed 2015-2105 Canandaigua School Budget to be scary at all!

Please watch this video as Superintendent Lynne Erdle discusses a few key items in the proposed budget.

NOTE: Click on the link below to get to the video.  Scroll down on this page to click on the 2015-2015 Budget  Video. And while you are there check out the other videos showing what’s happening in our schools. You’d be amazed at the great things our students are doing!)

http://www.canandaiguaschools.org/videos.cfm

On April 9th, the Board of Education has adopted a 2015-2016 school operating budget proposal to place before voters on Tuesday, May 19th.

While we are waiting for Spring to arrive- why not get yourself educated prior to the vote?  For detailed information, follow this link: http://www.canandaiguaschools.org/district.cfm?subpage=32935 and explore all the subpages.

School district officials will provide presentations to the general public detailing the proposed 2015-2016 school operating budget on the following dates:


Date: May 4, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School Library (use Granger Street main entrance)
Event: PTSA Meeting – open to all residents, walk-ins welcome

Date: May 5, 2015
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: American Legion Post #256, N. Main St., Canandaigua
Event: Kiwanis Club meeting; Call 350-9719 to RSVP as a courtesy to the Kiwanis Club

Date: May 5, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Canandaigua Academy auditorium
Event: Faculty/Staff presentation; open to all residents

Date: May 5, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Middle School Room 88
Event: Faculty/Staff presentation; open to all residents

Date: May 7, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road, Canandaigua
Event: Staff presentation; open to all residents

Date: May 7, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Administration Center, 143 North Pearl St., Canandaigua
Event: Staff presentation; open to all residents

Date: May 11, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: District Operations Center, 5500 Airport Road, Canandaigua (off Rt. 332)
Event: Official Public Presentation of 2015-16 Budget Proposal; open to all residents

Date: May 12, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: North auditorium (old Primary Aud.) – use parking lot off W. Gibson St.
Event: Faculty/Staff presentation; open to all residents

Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Wine & Culinary Center, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua
Event: Rotary Club meeting – Call Joseph Delforte at 394-2036 to RSVP and become a guest of the Rotary Club at the meeting

Residents of the District may attend any of these presentations. When the presentation is scheduled as part of a community organization’s meeting, please contact the organization beforehand to express your interest in attending. By law, the budget issue of Digest must be mailed to all households 7-14 days before the vote.

The Budget Vote & Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Cheshire Fire Hall and Elementary School auxiliary gymnasium.

We’re Ranked #6 of Best Public High Schools in Rochester Area!

Let’s celebrate!  A recent survey conducted by  Niche Rankings, a national independent organization —CA Academy found Canandaigua Academy and Canandaigua Middle School ranked 6th out of all schools in our local area.   Love Your Schools congratulates our local school board, administration, teachers, staff, students and of course YOU – local taxpayers who make it possible for our students to enjoy the quality programs in Canandaigua.

We thought this news matters because it points to the value we are getting as taxpayers.  It shows us why Love Your Schools even exists and why we could use your help.  There is a small core group of us keeping Love Your Schools going because we see the value in taking our time and effort to conduct advocacy to our local and state legislators reminding them why we need equitable funding for our school.  We also conduct educational efforts aimed at helping demystify the complex issues that affect our ability to keep the quality of our education as high as we can.

We could use your help as it is getting harder and harder to do this as other issues make it more and more difficult to get the necessary state funding we need.

What we are fighting for is what helped Canandaigua rank so highly.

Check it out — You can access The Best Public High Schools here.  The ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at public high schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It uses data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s own proprietary data, and 4,625,227 opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from 287,560 current students, recent alumni, and parents.

We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating our schools not just today – but each and every day!  Send and email to loveyourschools@gmail.com to get on our email list or please consider attending our next meeting January 15 6:30 at Wood Library in Canandaigua to learn how you can help us!

 

Educate. Advocate. And do a Happy Dance!

We did it! And yes, all of us at Love Your Schools are doing the HAPPY DANCE!

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Thanks to all of you who supported the Love Your Schools Thanksgiving gratitude campaign by signing a postcard! We collected over 1250 postcards and distributed them to our local and State legislators.

Thanks to teachers, parents, students, staff and area residents our voices have been heard in Albany.  A special shout out to Roberta Bittel and 36 Canandaigua Academy students who hand delivered our postcards to our Governor Andrew Cuomo personally while they were in Albany right before Thanksgiving.

We were very eCA Students in Albany 2014xcited to learn the students took postcards with them to their student government event in Albany and obtained signatures on over 300 postcards.  They combined these with the postcards we had collected and hand-delivered a nice big bundle to  Governor Andrew Cuomo personally while they were in Albany right before Thanksgiving.  Here is a photo of the group of students from across the state (somewhere in there are the 35 CA students who did our special delivery!)

The team at Love Your Schools is grateful for your support. Thank you for caring about our kids and helping us advocate for a more equitable school funding formula.  Go ahead and do your own Happy Dance!  You deserve it!

Sign our Online Advocacy Letter!

Join the Losign our petitionve Your Schools Advocacy Effort by signing our  online letter!

By signing this “thank you letter” your name will be printed out and delivered with the many post cards we are also getting signed.  It takes two minutes to sign – please do so now – and won’t you forward this to 5 friends to help us spread the word a meet our goal?

CLICK HERE

Thanks!

Join our Thanksgiving Advocacy Effort!

Love Your Schools ipost card front 2014s kicking off our latest educational advocacy effort this Saturday at Canandaigua Homecoming!  We felt it was the perfect time to show our gratitude for what our district offers and the role it plays in the success of our community.

We hope if you are attending Homecoming that you will stop by our Advocacy table and take a few minutes to sign a post card. We’ll take care of sending it to our lawmakers.

We want to express our thanks for the aid they did restore last year — and the work they are doing to help eliminate GEA and change the funding formula to be more equitable. And we want to encourage them to do more!

If you can’t be there Saturday to sign a card with us  – join our campaign by downloading a letter from our Downloads page on this site or Click Here ThanksgivingThankYouFlyerWEB final.

Click Here to find out your senators.  Click Here to find out your NY State Assembly Members.  Click here to get Dr. John B King mailing address — our  NY Commissioner of Education.

If you miss us at Homecoming – don’t worry – we’ll be setting up advocacy tables at upcoming school and community events between now and the week before Thanksgiving!

We are working on a gratitude social media campaign – so stay tuned for that!

Thanks for your time and effort.  Let’s keep the Pride Alive!  Educate. Advocate & Act!

DID YOU GET ONE OF THESE TODAY?

vote stickerDid you get one of these stickers today? If not – there is still time. They are free. All they cost is you taking time to exercise your right to vote and help us keep a quality education in your school.  You can also ensure that the Wood Library will continue to meet the needs of our community!

According to a PEW research study – voters fall into four categories: Regular votersIntermittent voters; Registered but rare voters and Unregistered adults.  Regular voters make up of roughly 35% of the population — 20% of us don’t vote regularly and 23% of registered but rare voters make it to the polls most likely because they don’t know enough about what is up for vote (76% reported this as the reason).  And unfortunately 22% of our population are not registered so they can’t vote.

If you want more info on what the school budget vote is and the propositions go here.

Which category will you fall into today?  Please get out and vote!

ACT NOW! LET OUR VOICE BE HEARD!

act nowWe need all of us to ACT NOW.

Our state legislators are NOW FIRMING UP OUR STATE BUDGET. It was our impression that our Senators and Assemblymen/women were finally getting the message from us — that we need them to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment quickly. We thought there was movement toward reinstating some of this aid to our schools. That is NOT the case.

On March 14 — it appears that the supportive rhetoric and promises of help have been broken, ignored or gutted by both the Senate AND the Assembly in their one-house budget bills.

Each house bill did precious little to restore the significant GEA deductions we all have had to bear over the past four years because they have introduced new proposals to channel that money elsewhere.

This has to stop and if you don’t do anything about it NOW – it won’t.

PLEASE click the links below and take a minute to call or email our Senator and Assemblyman NOW and ask them to NOT support this diversion of funds. We need some of that promised funding to come back to us – not go elsewhere.

Please – I urge you to do this now before you forget. You don’t have to attend a meeting – please just do this now. We can make a difference if our voices are heard.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE LETTER you can use for calls and e-mails/letters.

CLICK HERE for sample Tweets for your use.

CLICK HERE for contact information for state Senators.

CLICK HERE for contact information for state Assembly members.

THANK YOU!