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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

Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has generated more questions than answers. Most of what will happen for the remainder of this school year will be determined at the state and federal levels of government.

Finances are one area of uncertainty. In a normal school year, the Fabius-Pompey education budget is supported at an approximate rate of 3 percent by the federal government, 47 percent by the New York State government and 50 percent by the local community. At this point, we are waiting to find out the support Fabius-Pompey can expect from both levels of government. New York State is still negotiating for federal funds, and it has postponed local budget votes and board member elections to a currently undetermined date. An additional twist in the 2020-2021 school budget are three “look back” periods. These periods, ending April 30, August 31 and December 31, are opportunities for New York State to make adjustments to the aid earmarked for schools.

A second area of uncertainty is the education of students. Regents exams have been cancelled, SAT exams modified and students and teachers are navigating the challenges and advantages of remote learning. Currently, the governor has cancelled school through May 15. The date schools are reopened will have a lot to do with how final grades are determined. Regardless, when this health crisis has run its course, schools will need to be very thoughtful in assessing the learning that has taken place during this time as well as when planning for the next stage in each student’s education.

Within the school community, we are concerned about the ways this pandemic has affected all of our students. It is natural to feel especially bad for members of the senior class who, after thirteen years of hard work, have looked forward to participating in the time-honored traditions afforded generations of seniors. As a district, we will find ways to recognize and honor members of this year’s senior class. Early in May, we should find out if school will reopen after May 15 or will be closed for a longer period of time. The restrictions and liberties allowed will, in part, determine the manners in which we can acknowledge our senior class. Senior class officers are currently discussing ideas with Mr. Linck.

We have experienced difficult times before and have always worked together for the best interest of our children. This history gives me the confidence we will persevere through the current situation and emerge stronger having overcome the challenges.
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Address: 1211 Mill Street | Fabius, NY 13063
Phone: (315)683-5301