Fabius-Pompey Central School District
Timothy P. Ryan, Superintendent of Schools
1211 Mill Street
Fabius, NY 13063
Phone (315) 683-5301
Fax (315) 683-5827
Every school district should strive for exposure to new ideas. Regardless if the school district is big or small, urban, suburban or rural, without meaningful comparisons isolated districts tend to validate their own way of doing things. On the other hand, a school culture that prioritizes interacting with colleagues from around the state faces its weaknesses and learns better ways of educating students. At every level, members of the Fabius-Pompey School District have prioritized interacting with their colleagues from across the region and state.
Our teachers and administrators have always found ways to represent Fabius-Pompey and contribute to state-wide dialogues. Regardless if it is to serve on a local BOCES committee to review curriculum or to write questions for the state-wide physics exam, F-P teachers are valued members of countless committees. Their involvement is for the greater good but their efforts provide unique insight to our teachers and students about a variety of school-related topics.
The Board of Education also consistently goes above and beyond. For instance, long time Board of Education member Mrs. Maryam Wasmund also served on the Onondaga-Madison-Cortland BOCES Board of Education. Although Mrs. Wasmund no longer is part of the Fabius-Pompey Board of Education, her position with OCM BOCES continues to provide information and insight to the school district. Fabius-Pompey Board of Education president Don Neugabauer is also the president for the Central New York School Boards Association. This is a position he has held for many years and has been able to influence staff development opportunities as well as advocacy opportunities that have helped to improve Fabius-Pompey. The Board in general has an admirable history of attending Board of Education workshops and taking advantage of opportunities to discuss with our political representatives issues important to this community.
Recently, New York State education commissioner MaryEllen Elia assembled a commission to guide reform for the state-wide evaluation system for teachers. The members of that commission were selected from across the state and have met in Albany. Fabius-Pompey elementary principal Ms. Chantal Corbin was selected as one of the two representatives from this region. Her expertise and insight into the process will help to guide the work and ensure that we as a district thoroughly understand the process.
Mr. Tim Wilcox, serving in his first year as athletic director, has connected with Section III athletics to expose F-P student athletes as well as coaches to a section-sponsored leadership program. The program itself has a great deal of potential to help develop leaders within the ranks of student-athletes. But another strength of the program is that F-P coaches and athletes share and learn from other athletes and coaches in Section III. After all, Section III incorporates 11 counties, 105 school districts and over 23,000 student athletes. That is a great deal of expertise with whom to connect.
Sometimes the athletic interests of bigger schools compared to smaller or rural schools compared to urban and suburban schools can be in conflict. Areas as diverse as Long Island and New York City to the North Country and the Southern Tier to Buffalo and Central New York and the Capital Region can make it a challenge to develop rules that are applicable and fair to all. Each of the 11 athletic sections in the state have a superintendent representative from the section that represents their section and works to ensure that New York State public high school athletics is fair and accessible to all students. For the past five years, it has been my honor to represent Section III in that capacity. The people I have had the privilege to meet during that time have become great friends of F-P.
Along with going out into the state and meeting people and exchanging ideas, there is a good tradition of bringing people into our district to share new ways to approach education. Exposure to different ideas is essential for Fabius-Pompey as it continues to evolve as a vibrant school district.