Welcome to the Holland Central School District!

 

Mrs. Cathy Fabiatos

Superintendent
 
716-537-8222
 
cfabiatos@holland.wnyric.org 
 
 
Linda Poplewski
Secretary, Human Resources, Records Access Officer
716-537-8202
lpoplewski@holland.wnyric.org
 
Fax Number - 716-537-8203
 
 
 

A YEAR IN REVIEW……BY SUPERINTENDENT CATHY V. FABIATOS 

We are grateful to you our community for your continued support and dedication to our schools. It is imperative that we invest in our future, our children. Below, I have outlined some of the things that have taken place over the course of this last year. Again, all made possible thanks to you our community, all members of our staff and our students.

GRADUATION RATES, DIPLOMAS, AND HIGHER EDUCATION

¨ All students—increased from 90% to 95%

¨ Students with disabilities—increased from 58% to 100% 

¨ Regents Diplomas—increased from 94% to 97%

¨ Advanced Designation Regents Diplomas—increased from 45% to 62%

¨ Local Diplomas—decreased from 6% to 3% (more students earned a Regents Diploma)

¨ Students with disabilities receiving a Regents Diploma—increased from 44% to 60%

¨ Students who went on to a 4 year college—increased from 43% to 54%

ENROLLMENT AND COST PER STUDENT

With enrollment at just under 900 students, the percentage of students who were home-schooled and/or attended private and parochial schools is a static percentage of overall enrollment. Average class sizes have remained the same with an average of 21 to 22 in the Elementary School and 15 to 20 in the Junior Senior High School. General education expenditures per pupil are at $9,111 in comparison to $11,051 in a similar district, and $11,949 in all school districts according to our NYS Report Card. Overall, with general education and special education our total per pupil expenditure was $19,131 compared to NYS at $22,556 and similar districts at $21,471.

SHARED SERVICES AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

¨ Sports with East Aurora— football, football and competitive cheerleading, boys golf, wrestling, and soon boys volleyball

¨ Sports with Yorkshire Pioneer—boys and girls cross country

¨ Special education transportation with East Aurora for the last 4 years during the school year and summer

¨ Special education transportation with Frontier and Cheektowaga for special education student field trips

¨ Professional development with East Aurora to enhance experiences by sharing best practices, engaging in collegial conversations and affording us the opportunity to share the cost of national presenters

¨ Teachers in special areas have traveled to other districts to garner best practice and ideas

¨ BOCES Central Business Office utilized for general ledger services

¨ SMEC, a consortium for purchasing electricity and natural gas at volume pricing

¨ Self-funded workers compensation consortium has resulted in district savings

¨ Erie County Mental Health which provides us a weekly social/mental health counselor

¨ Kids Escaping Drugs assemblies for both staff, students and parents

¨ Erie County CPS co-location program which houses a weekly CPS worker in district

¨ Senator Gallivan’s Erie County Sheriff SRO program for a school resource officer from the Sheriff’s department one day a week. Next year we will be sharing an SRO with Alden CSD so that the individual will be in Holland half of the week, allowing us more opportunities to reach out to students and engage them in meaningful lifelong learning experiences. 

¨ Department of Health has offered information and Narcan Training

¨ Local law enforcement agencies utilizing our facilities for drills

We will continue to look at opportunities that make sense, save money and provide opportunities to solidify and strengthen our future.

CURRICULAR AND ACHIEVEMENT ENHANCING INITIATIVES

¨ Office 365, a full service program allowing for cloud sharing and collaboration across the district

¨ Curtailment of printing that has hindered optimal use of our technology resources and provided more efficient and progressive ways to communicate and collaborate

¨ A new updated email program will that include email for students along with better, safer storage of data

¨ Writer’s Workshop to intensify writing efforts UPK to 6 and Reader’s Workshop to improve reading skills

¨ Harvey Silver Core Six Strategies to build upon the already created Professional Learning Communities to improve instruction and encourage collegial conversations

¨ Dr. Marcia Tate and her strategies to encourage student engagement, improve cognitive ability, all while integrating with the above mentioned programs UPK through 12 with ease

¨ Kagan Strategies, a tool box of weekly strategies for restructuring, reorganizing and team implementation

¨ Creation of district wide writing rubrics UPK to 12 to focus on the process of parallel assessment and scaffolding on student skills

¨ New social studies curriculum, with training and materials provided a year in advance of SED implementation

¨ Common Core math and ELA standards training and resources to improve learning experiences

¨ STEAM education focused on collaboration between departments to make learning real, relevant and connected for students. A highlight of this push is the growing Innovation Games Event that includes other area schools and a number of businesses.

¨ Distance learning laboratory with new classes taught out and brought in to enhance student opportunities

¨ Implementation of the Michigan Model and our future ICE 8 involvement to offer awareness and education of social media, societal and health concerns and the like. 

¨ Training and use of a Positive Behavioral Intervention System and Restorative Justice to work toward implementation across the district to reduce punitive measures and reinforce good behavior 

¨ FRESH to encourage and spread happiness, explore and celebrate character traits

¨ Response to Intervention Plan to ensure ALL students’ success by providing appropriate interventions 

¨ Arts and Ed Program offers experiences such as; Arts 4 Learning, a 5 unit workshop connecting art and ELA grade 1, a visiting artist to connect the art of puppetry and storytelling in a collaborative art and ELA workshop, a literary and a visual artist who presented 8 artist in residence workshops to inspire creative writing by world cultures and create a pop out book, just to name a few. The culmination at the JSHS will be a sculpture in connection with the Griffis Sculpture Park on the theme of Community and Acceptance

¨ The Learning and Teaching Initiative is moving into the next planned stage of development with Clear Touch 75” screens installed in the JSHS this year and the ES over the summer. We continue to explore what are best devices for student and staff use and have a sound budgeted replacement plan for such items. We are stepping up our efforts to empower the students and staff to seamlessly align curriculum and technology.

¨ We are developing a comprehensive professional development plan and a long and short range plan on the implementation and effectiveness of district initiatives

FACILITIES AND LONG RANGE PLANS

¨ JSHS long needed project will be state approved soon to begin much needed repairs and updates

¨ Capital outlay project will focus on installation of a swipe card entry system

¨ Smart School Bond that will focus on security/surveillance with an integrated phone/public address system

¨ Long range financial plan and reserve plan are in place with long range facilities plan in development

The future holds promise for more personalized learning, deepening our understanding and work toward recent implementation of programs and initiatives. In addition to continued fiscal stability, a great deal has taken place to ensure our buildings and grounds are in good shape and well maintained providing state of the art furnishings. The auditorium audio system was upgraded, the lighting will be addressed next year. The CADD room and both libraries will be redesigned for today’s learning style. Contracts and salaries are right sized. It is a pleasure, privilege and honor to lead us in establishing a solid foundation, innovative and progressive endeavors across the board. 

Thank you for your support!                                                

Superintendent Cathy V. Fabiatos

 


 

 

 

 


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