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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


By this time of the year, the Board of Education has reviewed and discussed all aspects of the school budget. Final decisions will not be made until the community has had an opportunity for additional input. Board members are still discussing amongst themselves decisions that will influence everything from the number of students in elementary classrooms, to extracurricular opportunities, to maintenance priorities involving the buildings and grounds. The Board is also working hard to understand current societal trends and to build consensus regarding the school’s role in addressing challenges accompanying those trends.

One societal trend has been described as America’s mental health crisis. There are numerous theories as to why mental health challenges are on the rise in our modern society, but there is general agreement that each demographic group needs help addressing a wide breadth of mental health concerns.

All schools in Central New York have reported an increase in conditions such as anxiety, depression and other hurdles that make it difficult for students to concentrate. There is also an increase in mental health illness that requires residential placement and outside counseling. Central New York currently has a shortage of the trained professionals necessary to help students navigate the challenges. Furthermore, even when there are trained professionals available, it can be difficult for families to know who to contact, and of course, treatment can be cost prohibitive for many families.

Schools have not traditionally been the place where there are extensive mental health services. But all school communities understand that until children feel safe and can concentrate, they will not reach their full potential as learners. During recent decades, the responsibilities of schools has increasingly expanded beyond academics. The mental health crisis is likely another area where school boards will debate the role of schools in addressing this issue and the financial impact of doing so.

As Board members discuss this, as well as all budget items, they invite you to attend Board meetings and look forward to your participation.
 
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Address: 1211 Mill Street | Fabius, NY 13063
Phone: (315)683-5301