Letter to the editor: Laurie Osmond for Onteora school board
4/24/12 - 11:19 am
To the editor:
As I run for re-election, along with Tony Fletcher, to the Onteora school board, I would like to remind voters of the many things this board has accomplished, with the help of our administration, during the four years I have been on it.
We have hired an outstanding, educationally experienced and compassionate Superintendent. The board has become functional, respectful and works well with Dr. McGill. Transparency and communications with the public have greatly improved with the creation of a more complete and responsive District website, Board e-mail and dedicated phone number. We have held coffee chats at budget time, held forums and extended public-be-heard at BOE meetings to accommodate the public. We have made a carefully considered, difficult decision about District reconfiguration. We are implementing an energy performance contract, which will result in cost savings to the District. We are also turning our focus to the vacant West Hurley campus, a problem that we inherited.
I want to reiterate that I am excited about the educational configuration the district will be implementing in September. Focusing on early literacy and involving families at the K-3 schools will certainly give our youngest students a more solid foundation. The project-based learning approach at the 4-6 grade levels will bring a more engaging, experiential element to the way our students learn and explore, plus will bring them together district-wide prior to the more socially self-conscious middle school years, which should make for an easier transition and possibly help their educational performance. The music program is not being undermined. Grades K-3 will continue to receive general music and all students will study a basic instrument. Grades 4-6 will have two full-time and two part-time music teachers in one building. Weekly lessons for all instruments will continue to be given by qualified teachers, and ensembles will continue to meet for the same amount of time each week as they do now. The music offerings at the Middle and High School will remain unchanged.
I understand that change can create a lot of uncertainty, but I would like to say to parents, the sky is not falling, and I truly believe that this reconfiguration will prove very positive for our students.
You will continue to see Tony and I out and about prior to the election; at noon Saturday at Bread Alone in Boiceville, and at Uncle Rock’s Spring Fling at the Bearsville Theatre at 2pm. I ask for your support on May 15 from 2-9pm at your town elementary school.
Laurie Osmond and Tony Fletcher have a Facebook page for their re-election campaign: FletcherOsmond2012.
|Calling all teen actors, costume designers, & techies!|
|(7/3) Alt-country Gala Dance Under the Stars with Girls Guns & Glory and The Hop City Hellcats|
|Farmers' Market of the Week: Barryville|
|Farmers' Market of the Week: Rosendale|
|Farmers' Market of the Week: Rock Hill|
|Farmers' Market of the Week: Delhi|
|Lupins: Legumes Of Catskills Gardens!|
|Champion Campions of the Catskills! Pretty in Pinks Part II!|
|Pretty in Pinks! Catskills Dianthus!|
|Bugs Inside Bugs – Andes Roundtable Talk!|
|Celebrate Independence Day Weekend in Roxbury|
|Greater Roxbury Business Association's Monthly Business Mixer - June 28, 2016|
|Fun Father’s Day Gifts on Main St. in Roxbury|
|The Workings of Honey Bee Hives with Will "The Bee Man"|
|Walk Among the Weeds with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower|
|Voices of Wisdom|
|The Workings of Honey Bee Hives|
|Civil War Reenactment, June 25 & 26|
|History of the Delaware & Northern Railroad Saturday, June 11th - 2pm|
|Golf Tournament...an Annual Margaretville Health Foundation Event|
|Just in Time for Father's Day. . . Introducing Man Tea!|
|Tay Tea's Iced Elixirs now at Blue Bee Cafe|
|Summer on Ice - A Special Offer from Tay Tea!|
|Father's Day Brunch at The Old SchoolHouse Inn & Restaurant|
|Job Posting: Staff Analyst|
|Barbecue Your Breakfast! Five Reasons to Start Your Day Cooking in Your Backyard|
|CATSKILL MOUNTAIN HOUSE documentary screens at D&H Canal Museum Friday June 10|
|Today is the day!! Here are the events!|
|Burroughs and train travel subject of June 4 program|
|Stories from West Shokan|
|Concerts open and close History Days|
|Zeke Lost Dog in Andes NY Please Keep An Eye Out|
|Lovingly Restored Greek Revival|
|LOCATION, VIEWS, COMFORT|
|SAVE THE DATE! AMERICAN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL JUNE 18th AT THE ANDES HOTEL|
|6.5-ANDES CYCLE THE SKY BIKE RIDE-SUNDAY-SPONSORED BY DELAWARE OPERATIONS.|