Dear Delaware Academy Families,
Welcome to the second month of school! Although this letter falls short of capturing all of the wonderful things happening at DA, here are a few important updates for our community to be aware of this month:
1. School Resource Officer - The BOE approved the addition of a full time School Resource Officer. After careful consideration of proposals from various law enforcement agencies, and conversations over the last two Board meetings, the Board selected Upstate Security to contract with for this important service. Upstate Security provides SRO's to several districts in our region and employs recently retired law enforcement officers to serve in this role. Upstate Security has hired Mr. Alan Ferrara, a retired NYS Trooper and Delhi native, to serve as our SRO. In this role, Mr. Ferrara will be engaged in activities that focus on preventative education and collaboration with teachers, staff, students, and families. He will also play an active role on our Emergency Response Planning Team as well and provide a security presence in our schools and at some after school events. I truly believe that this is another great step for Delaware Academy as the safety of our students and staff is always a top priority.
2. DA Future-Focused Career Experience Program – I am thrilled to announce the first year of DA's Future-Focused Career Experience Program. Preparing for both college and careers, this program affords every senior the opportunity to have a job shadow or internship experience in our community in their field of interest. This is accompanied by participation in a Senior Seminar class that provides instruction in future-ready essential skills and preparation for both college and workforce. We are working on getting this approved for college credit and can also lead to an additional NYSED endorsement at graduation, regardless of diploma type. This is a unique program and provides amazing opportunities for our students and community. It is aligned with our district's mission to foster partnerships within our region to support a wide range of career pathways for our students.
3. Emergency Construction Project: We have been approved by NYSED to proceed with an emergency project to replace the lower steps in the front of the high school. The bluestone treads and subbase have deteriorated at an increasingly rapid pace over the past several months to a point that now presents a safety risk if not addressed this year. Temporary repairs will assist us through the winter, however, this spring we will proceed with a full replacement. (No impact to taxpayers) I will keep everyone informed as this will likely affect morning arrival and use this spring.
4. Special Board of Education Meeting: We will be holding a special meeting to discuss preliminary plans for the next Capital Improvement Project on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:00pm in the HS Library. A presentation will be provided that outlines priority items for consideration that include infrastructure, paving of the elementary parking lots, needed updates to our transportation garage, and improved instructional spaces; many areas of which have reached their “end of life.” Once a preliminary scope is established, we will be seeking input from our community.
5. Code of Conduct Update: We have started the process of meeting with students and staff to seek input and review proposed changes to our dress code. Prior to any proposed revisions becoming codified, we must hold a Public Hearing to share proposed revisions, answer questions, and hear feedback for consideration. I will keep you informed as to when this is scheduled, at which time we will additionally seek feedback from our community.
Thank you for your continued support of our schools. Here is a brief listing of upcoming Events:
∙ Elementary School Open House – October 6 (K-2), October 13 (UPK, Grades 3-5)
∙ No School for students – Friday, October 7 & Monday, October 10
∙ Early Dismissal (2:30pm) – Friday, October 14
∙ Elementary Picture Day – October 18, MS/HS Picture Day – October 19
∙ Special BOE Meeting for Capital Project Planning – Tuesday, October 18
∙ Regular Board of Education Meeting – Monday, October 24
∙ Elementary Halloween Parade – Monday, October 31
Kelly M. Zimmerman
Superintendent of Schools