Thanks to 570 of you!

Thank you  (all 570 of you) who signed our petition to our NY State Lawmakers urging them to please provide additional educational aid thank-youthis year due to the challenging budget year facing many public schools in New York and particularly in Upstate NY.
Thanks to several Love Your Schools advisory members who gathered to write letters and copy the signatures so we could send them just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday to our Governor Andrew Cuomo; NY Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia; Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie; Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan; Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Senator Michael Nozzolio.

We asked them to please do all they can do to keep state funding strong so our educational programs for our children can remain strong.

If you weren’t able to sign our petition, I urge you to contact their office via phone, email or fax to express your desire to ensure that educational funding formula is more equitable, adequate and transparent.

The time is now to express your concern as our lawmakers will now be focused on creating our budget for next year.


Sign our Petition to New York Lawmakers

Please consider signinPetition 1g our petition  to  our New York lawmakers asking them to please restore foundational aid so we can keep the unfunded programs that make a difference in our children’s lives like music, art, sports and enrichment programs  in our schools.


This year public schools including Canandaigua will be under tremendous pressure to balance school budgets because the increase in costs beyond our control (such as expected increases in health insurance costs) and costs associated with unfunded state mandates.  The projected less-than-one-percent tax cap will make it impossible to  cover these increases in costs and unless we receive additional aid we will be facing some difficult choices.


Help us get the word to our legislators that we need their help NOW BEFORE they create the budget.    Please sign our online petition!

Click HERE to ADD your name to our petition!

Please get out and vote!

Just a reminder to set an appointment in your smartphone – or circle this date on your calendar!  It’s less than a week away – and we ask that you exercise your right to vote !

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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!)

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: 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 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!


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?