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Superintendent's Office

A message from Dr. Chris Brown
Chris Brown

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Dear Community Members:

It is hard to believe that we have celebrated one hundred days of school already.  The time has absolutely flown by, and before we know it, it will be June!

We are very excited to celebrate the opening of our on-campus Sugar Shack.  Grant funded, this opportunity has allowed our students, staff and community members the experience of learning how to tap trees, set lines, boil sap, and make maple syrup.  I can tell you that I have learned quite a bit myself!  We will be offering more learning opportunities in the future, so stay tuned.

We are inching closer to the grand opening of our school-based health and dental clinic.  This is also a grant funded opportunity and will allow us to provide an “Urgent Care” type medical, behavioral, and dental health office for our students, in partnership with MOSAIC Health.  The clinic will be housed at the high school, but we will be able to service students from each of our buildings. We are awaiting final permitting from the New York State Education Department and then we will release dates for parent information nights, and how to sign your children up to be seen at the clinic if needed.  This is a great opportunity for us, and I am proud to say that out of the entire country, we received one of the seventy-eight grants that were awarded.

Thank you for attending our athletic events.  Attendance has been very solid at all of our contests, and we are hoping that this continues into the spring season.  Supporting our students is very much appreciated.

We are very excited and proud to be the host site for the Special Olympics, which will be held on May 23rd.  We are expecting up to nine hundred student athletes from across the tri-county area, as well as over fifteen-hundred parents, helpers, and volunteers.  We will be sending out more information about this day in the coming months, but we are very honored to be the host and to show off all that Marcus Whitman has to offer.

We are in the process of completing the budget for the 2024-2025 school year.  As I have mentioned, the governor is attempting to pull back funding from schools, but the elected officials around her are pushing back in a fierce way.  Our budget development will include reductions in expenditures in order to meet our budget goals unfortunately, but we are hopeful to preserve the programs that we currently offer to students.  We will be giving more information about this process in the coming weeks.

Thank you for reading.  I very much appreciate that you chose Marcus Whitman.  This is a special place, and good things continue to happen with your help and support.

Thank you,

Christopher R. Brown, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools