SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

School’s open, ‘love’ is in the air

Just as we’re all putting the swimsuits back in the drawers, the school year is upon us, with school supplies, class schedules, bus pickups and after-school signups coming at us like a tsunami.

This year in Katonah-Lewisboro, we’ll not only be looking at the impact of a possible elementary school closing, but also the district’s ongoing concern for economic sustainability amidst declining enrollment and increasing salary, pension and health benefits. A recommendation from the committee on whether to close one or more schools is expected toward the end of 2013; the announcement will spark more than a few headlines.

The other hot issue is a gift of new tennis courts. One might think that making use of donations from local families would be a no-brainer, but anyone who remembers the multiyear process of the “Field of Dreams” — the fields on the John Jay campus made possible by Lewisboro philanthropist Adam Rose — knows better. While the tennis court funds are a tribute to the hard work, dedication and generosity of passionate and involved district families, the funds are insufficient in light of the unexpected mitigation work required on the campus wetlands. To take advantage of all available funding, board members are seeking to capitalize on state aid. The board is currently wrestling with the size and scope of the referendum and the date of the vote. They well know that even with a substantial gift on the table, voters are reluctant to take on new burdens as educational costs continue to grow.

This will be the first year for Charles Day as board president, and a new board will also reflect a new way of doing business. Marjorie Schiff is the new vice president, while trustees Janet Harckham, Jeff Holbrook, Richard Stone, Stephanie Tobin and Peter Treyz will also be serving throughout the school year. They will be expected to work with the administration to guide the district through a time of change and straitened budgets. This is a challenge and an opportunity for superintendent Dr. Paul Kreutzer to execute his vision.

Welcome back!

In Bedford Central, Dr. Hochman opens the year by welcoming the Class of 2026 — a frightening thought to anyone over the age of, say, 18.

An opening on the school board will be filled later this month, with candidates invited to apply for the vacant seat left by the departure of Lee Goldstein. After a year filled with weather-related closures, new state testing and capital plan discussions, the Bedford Central School District is moving full speed into the new academic year.

The elementary schools will begin their second year of a pilot literacy program and third year of a new math program, which the teachers have now settled into. New York State also recently added a cyberbullying component to the Dignity Act, created to shield students from online bullying. Pound Ridge, which was rattled last year by accusations of bullying, opened the year with aggressive steps at educating both parents and students alike on the issue of bullying.

After years of planning, the $31 million capital plan will head to a public vote on Oct. 22. The plan includes roof and ceiling repairs at all schools except Mount Kisco Elementary School and major renovations at the middle school as well as at West Patent.

As for activities for students and parents, take a look at the district’s September calendar: back-to-school nights, yearbook photos, read-a-thon, picnics, parent coffees, board meetings, policy committee meetings, curriculum nights and ice cream socials, culminating with school spirit week at the high school — and that’s just in September.

Welcome back, Kotter. Do you think the Class of 2026 will know what that means? In fact, do you?

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Bedford Village

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Bedford Hills

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  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


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Mount Kisco

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Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

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  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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