A Message from Superintendent Palotti:
So much has been happening within the Hornell City School District this year and we wanted to share some highlights prior to the budget newsletter that will be out next month.
For those that have been following us online, you have seen that we were recently awarded a competitive three year old prekindergarten grant. This grant allowed us to further grow and extend our reach to families and support students in their earliest development. This program focuses on promoting social growth along with pre literacy and pre numeracy skills. Our Columbian School is a buzz with students and we are confident that this program will provide our youngest learners with a jump start when they move on to the North Hornell Elementary School.
We continue to see great improvement in our students’ performance on Regents Exams, NYS Literacy and Math Assessments. The percentage of students reading on grade level has doubled in the past three years and our graduation rate reached an all time high last year. Teachers and administration are working hard to provide the Hornell City School District’s students a top notch education and students are responding!
As you may recall, in the fall of 2017 we conducted a districtwide broad based needs assessment; over the past three years, we have been working hard to utilize the feedback honed from the voices of many to create structured plans for the district. From this information we established priorities for each of our school buildings; these priorities together with goals for each building can be found on our web page: hornellcityschools.com. We will continue to work through these goals in a focused manner.
In the coming months we will be finalizing the school budget for the 2020-21 school year. While this year’s budget is looking to be more challenging than the last few, we want to assure you that we are committed to the programs we have created and will be building a budget that preserves and enhances the work that we have invested in within the District. We will continue to focus on the priorities that were established and will share the details of our budget proposal in April.
Please continue to look to our upcoming Newsletters, Facebook, the Web and other media outlets to stay involved in this process and to stay informed of events, happenings, and highlights of our students, faculty, and staff of the Hornell City School District.