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Dr. LonerganDear Parents and Residents,

It is with great optimism that I welcome you to the new academic year! The start of school brings a sense of enthusiasm and renewed purpose, and we are looking forward to another great year where our students remain challenged, engaged, supported and excited about learning.

     In October 2017, the Longwood community approved a $39 million capital improvement initiative that would allow us to make the necessary investments to strengthen student success. We are thankful for the commitment our community brings in support of our students and staff, and we look forward to the completion of the many projects that invest in every student and every school.

     The New York State Education Department approved our proposed plans, and we are pleased to report that the projects are on time and under budget. At the start of the summer, we were excited to begin several projects including masonry repairs at the high school; roofing replacement at the junior high school; site work at high school and junior high school; replacement of the track at the junior high school; replacement of six tennis courts at the high school and structural spray of the high school track. This fall, we’ll begin the replacement of the elementary school playgrounds, the installation of new energy efficient windows at the high school, and the construction of the multipurpose field at the junior high school.

     Through the passage of the Smart Schools Bond Act, our wireless network infrastructure will be operational in the fall giving us the capability to implement classroom technology for students and staff including chrome books, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
Education is no longer a typical classroom-based practice, but a global experience and our staff and administration understand that children are learning differently. Rather than the desk to desk classroom setup, the introduction to outside resources has become a rich source of learning and inspiration for children. We’ve seen our teachers from all grade levels and subjects excited about the benefits of flexible classroom seating.

     The 2017-2018 school year ended on a high note with recognition for students, staff and the community. Our students achieved at many levels, earning awards in academics, arts, athletics and extracurricular activities. We were proud to learn that Ridge Elementary School was designated a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education, and the Junior High School was redesignated as a New York State School to Watch. Additionally, the high school is one of the few New York State schools offering a college partnership providing students the opportunity to earn half the credits required for a Certificate or Associates Degree while in high school.

     We are notably proud of our graduating Class of 2018 who earned more than $15 million in scholarships and will attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country this fall. Our high school graduation rate for enrolled twelfth-grade students is an impressive 97%!

     Community involvement and support remains critical moving forward. We urge parents to be involved and strive to know facts and realities in our school community. Be sure to ask questions, be informed, and get to know the facts.

     Enjoy the remainder of the summer. We have an exciting academic year ahead of us, and I wish our students and their families all the best.

Sincerely,
Michael R. Lonergan, DSW
Superintendent of Schools
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