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Issue 102

April 2012

District Won’t Close a School in 2012-2013 BOE wants more time for research and transition


t its regular meeting on February 27, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education decided to remove the closing of an elementary school from the district’s list of possible budget reductions for the 2012-2013 budget. The board determined that the time frame for closing a school next year was not adequate to create a transition plan for students, staff, and the community. “We need more time for research to carefully develop a plan that will affect the least number of students,” said Board President Burrill Wells. “After examining the data from the Facilities Feasibility Study Committee, we know that closing a school is feasible, but not within the time constraints for the 2012-2013 school year budget.” The board decided to explore the issue further and will

REMINDER: There is no school on April 6 and spring break is scheduled for April 9 to April 13. Students return to school on April 16.

NO SCHOOL - May 18 School will not be in session for all students on May 18. This will be a professional development work session day for all staff.

be seeking community involvment in the process at a later date. The district will keep the community updated throughout the process with this newsletter, the district website, and at Board of Education meetings. Closing a school would have saved the district $1.3 million in the 2012-2013 school year. The board has decided to use $1.3 million in reserves instead to help close a $4.3 million budget gap. The board also decided not to exceed the district’s tax levy limit, which is a .6 percent year-over-year increase. The district determined this limit using New York State’s nine-step formula, as outlined in the state’s property tax levy cap legislation. More information on the tax levy cap is on page 4. For more information on the budget, please see pages 2-5.

Student Art Displayed in Albany


en district students had artwork on display in the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 22nd Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition, March 12-16 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The show featured the works of students in grades K-12 from across the state. Amarayah Efsits and Elizabeth Kraynak Baldwinsville students participating were: Ava Bagan and Keri Manning, Palmer Elementary School; Kiera Lindsey and Breanna Jernigan, Van Buren Elementary School; Elizabeth Kraynak and Amarayah Efsits, Reynolds Elementary School; Sophia Cronk and Aidan Priest, Elden Elementary School; and Madison Law and Gianna Orlando, McNamara Elementary School.

Budget News Board of Education President’s Message - Revenue & Reserves This month, I am using this message to provide answers to questions Board of Education members and I have been receiving from community members as we continue to develop the 2012-2013 budget. Q: Where does a school district get the money it needs to meet its expenses?

Burrill Wells President

A: Just as a household pays its expenses with its income, usually in the form of take-home pay and money made on investments, a school district’s income comes primarily from local taxes and state aid. A school district’s income is called revenue. The chart below compares typical household income to school district revenue. School District Revenue

Household Income

State aid and local property taxes

Take home pay, Social Security, pension

Miscellaneous - payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreements, Interest income from savings accounts/bonds Investments - annuities, insurance policies, CDs,401ks, 403bs, etc. Medicaid reimbursements, shared sales tax, grants, interest income

Q: Are district reserves similar to household savings accounts? A: Yes, they are similar because both maintain money to use for future expenses, which is sound financial planning, particularly when the economy is weak. For example, last year the district used $2.5 million from its reserves to pay a settlement with Anheuser-Busch. Without this money in reserves, the district would have had to take money from its regular budget, leaving other areas of the budget short of funds for expenses. Also, the district could have borrowed the money but would have had to pay it back with interest. The chart below compares household savings accounts to school district reserves. School District

Household Savings accounts – money set aside for the future for expenses we know are coming and/or for unanticipated events

Public Budget Hearing May 8 7:00 p.m. Durgee Cafe Page 2

Reserves – money set aside for the future for expenses we know are coming and/or unanticipated events

Budget Vote May 15 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Baker Auditorium

For more budget information, visit the district’s website

Budget News Q: What types of reserves does the district maintain? A: The district maintains the following reserves: Availability to Board of Education (BOE)


Current Amount 6/30/11


Unemployment Insurance


Unknown until close of fiscal year, 6/30/12 Unknown until close of fiscal year, 6/30/12

Available to BOE

Retirement Contribution

$7,053,896 (Employee Retirement System Only)

Available to BOE

Tax Certiorari (tax disputes)


Unknown until close of fiscal year, 6/30/12

Available upon settlement



Not available to BOE



Capital Project - use only w/voter approval Lawsuits we are not insured for

Employee Benefit Accrued Liability


Employee sick time

May be available to BOE

Total Available to BOE

Available to BOE

$18,016,946 (Total minus Capital)

Q: What is the district’s plan for using reserves? A: As the global fiscal crisis continues, the district expects to follow its Fund Balance Management Plan. This involves following a planned use of reserves each year as cautiously and judiciously as we can to offset the loss of state aid and other revenue sources. Without using reserves to help meet its expenses, the district would have to make extensive cuts to programming and instruction, adversely affecting the quality of our students’ education. We hope that the overall economy will eventually improve and that Baldwinsville will see an increase in its share of state aid, especially if the New York State Legislature finally adopts a new, more equitable aid distribution formula. However, we do not know what the future holds. Even as we proceed cautiously in our planned spending, we risk running out of reserves by 2015-2016 if the economy remains the same or gets worse.

district in the state is facing the same fiscal challenges. In fact, some districts in our state are already out of reserves and could face potential bankruptcy. Because of our fiscal prudence, we are still strong and stable. We are doing everything we can to ensure that the Baldwinsville Central School District maintains its diversity and excellence in educational programs. For more information on the 2012-2013 budget process and district finances, please visit the budget page of the district’s website, I encourage you to contact me or any board member with your questions. On behalf of the Board of Education,

Burrill Wells, President

Baldwinsville is not alone in this regard. Every school Page 3

Budget News NYS Tax Levy Cap Explained


ew York State’s property tax levy cap, which many know and refer to as the “two percent tax cap,” has had Board of Education members and district administrators all over the state scratching their heads since June as they’ve deciphered the law and its complicated nine-step formula for determining a district’s tax levy limit. To help clarify what the tax levy cap is and how it works, the district is providing the following questions and answers.

Q: Does the new law restrict school districts from increasing the tax levy by more than two percent? A: No, the law does not restrict a district from a tax levy increase over two percent. The two percent figure is misleading and confusing. To determine how much it may increase its tax levy, a school district must use the state’s nine-step formula (see below). The resulting figure, called the tax levy limit, is the highest allowable tax levy a school district can propose to taxpayers.

district needs a supermajority to pass the budget, which is at least sixty percent of the votes.

Q: How will voters know if the tax levy is above the district’s limit and requires sixty percent of the votes to pass? A: A school district that proposes a tax levy that is above its tax levy limit must indicate this with a statement on the ballot.

Q: Will the Baldwinsville Central School District’s tax levy be at or above its

This figure might be above two percent yet still be allowable under the new law, or it could be below two percent. The Baldwinsville Central School District’s tax levy limit for 2012-2013 is .65 percent (less than one percent), while other districts in the county may have limits above two percent, based on the formula.

limit? A: The district’s tax levy limit for the 2012-2013 budget has been calculated to be .65 percent (less than one percent). Recognizing the financial strain many residents are already feeling from a weak economy, the Board of Education has decided it will not propose a tax levy above this limit. The district will need a simple majority (fifty percent of the votes) to pass the budget.

The tax levy limit will vary from district to district because the figures used in each step of the formula vary from district to district. It is important to note that a district’s tax levy limit will also vary from year to year.

Q: Since the Baldwinsville school district’s tax levy limit is .65 percent will

Q: Do districts have costs that are exempt from the cap? A: Yes, districts have costs that are exempt from the cap, which, when figured in, can create a limit that is over two percent yet still allowable under the new law. These exemptions include costs from court orders and certain pension costs.

Q: Under this new tax levy cap legislation, how many votes are required for a budget to pass?

A: Under the new legislation, if a district’s tax levy increase is at or below its tax levy limit, the district needs a simple majority to pass the budget, which is at least fifty percent of the votes. If a school district proposes a tax levy that is above its tax levy limit, a school

every taxpayer in the school district only have a .65 percent increase in taxes? A: No, because the school district tax levy is only one part of the total tax equation to determine tax bills. It is important to remember that the Baldwinsville Central School District only controls one-third of the tax rate equation. Tax bills are determined by using a property’s assessed value, the school tax levy and the equalization rate in each town. The tax rate is the amount of tax paid per $1000 of the assessed value of a property. The assessments are set by the towns that the school district encompasses - Lysander, Van Buren and Clay. The New York State Board of Equalization and Assessment determines the equalization rates for these towns. Because of all of these factors, your tax bill may be different from your neighbor’s tax bill.

NYS Tax Cap Formula - U s e d t o d e t e r m i n e a s c h o o l d i s t r i c t ’ s t a x l e v y l i m i t


Prior Year Tax Levy


Tax Base Growth



Prior Year PILOTS


Tort Exemption


Capital Expense Exemption

Levy + ] x Growth - Coming Year Factor


Tort + Capital + Pension Exemptions



TA X L E V Y LIMIT plus exclusions

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Budget News


The Return on the Investment of Your School Taxes


hen you cast your vote on the school district budget, you are telling the district how you want your tax dollars invested in the education of the community’s children. How can you measure the return on your investment each year? District, student and staff achievements are good indicators of how well the district has spent the tax dollars the community has entrusted to it.

4 Ranked 38th out of 431 Upstate districts by Business First

Below are some of the most significant achievements to date this school year in the Baldwinsville Central School District. Because of the support of district stakeholders, which include community members, parents, and local businesses, Baldwinsville students are flourishing and the district’s educational excellence continues to grow.

4 All-State Music Festival - 4 students 4 Area All-State Music Festivals - 36 students

4 National Merit Honors 2011-2012 Finalists - 2 Commended Students - 5

4 All-County Music Festivals - 117 students 4 Section III Champions

4 AP Scholar Awards AP Scholar with Distinction - 18 AP Scholar with Honor - 14 AP Scholar Award - 36

3 Girls Volleyball 3 Boys Soccer (co-champs) 3 Wrestling: *Tony Burkinshaw, Section III Coach of the Year *Kevin Paul, Champ @ 106 pounds

4 Baker High School technology program named CNYTEEA’s 2011-2012 Program of the Year

*Pat Nasoni, Champ @ 195 pounds 3 Girls Indoor Track - Gina Carnovale, 300-m dash 3 Boys Swimming - Dan Burke, 200-yard Individual Medley and 100-yard backstroke

4 Baker High School technology teacher Paul Mizer named CNYTEEA’s Teacher of the Year

4 Class AA Regional Champions - Girls Volleyball

4 Baldwinsville Marching Band - 2012 Gator Bowl Sweepstakes Champions

4 Ice Hockey Team - Winter 2011-12 Scholar/Athlete Team State Champion

4 2012 CNY Scholastic Art Awards - 27 students Page 5

District News B’ville Schools Proactive in Efforts to Prevent Bullying


n July 1, New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act will take effect. By this date, school districts must have policies and guidelines in place to create a school environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment and schools must provide students with instruction on diversity and sensitivity. The Baldwinsville Central School District has zero tolerance for bullying. The district’s Code of Conduct, which you can find online at, outlines conduct that the district considers bullying behaviors and the consequences for these behaviors. The district’s schools have been increasingly proactive in efforts to put a stop to bullying. t McNamara Elementary School, social worker Jeffrey Seltzer visits classrooms to discuss what bullying behaviors look like. Staff members encourage students to be “upstanders” instead of bystanders when they encounter bullying. Upstanders prevent, interrupt, and stop bullying behaviors in school. The school held an anti-bullying poster contest toward the end of winter to reinforce the steps for ending bullying that Seltzer has been teaching in his presentations. The winners were (below, l to r, back row) Margaret Wiegand, Erin Mordaunt, Jacqueline Smith, Allysa Barnaba, Bridget Brown, Summer McClintic, (front, l to r) Hannah Johnson,


Alexzandria Phillips, Anna Conklin, Paige Rocker and Breanna Murdock. Missing is Cassidy Howard. The students’ posters have been matted, framed and hung in high traffic areas in the building as visual reminders of the school’s anti-bullying message. t Ray Middle School, the teachers of Team 6-5 have focused on service learning as a means to empower students to overcome bullying with positive changes in school and in the community. They have introduced the “One Clip at a Time” program to the school. The program, developed by the nonprofit organization of the same name, is based on a service-learning project created in 1998 by Whitwell Middle

School in Tennessee. While learning about the need for tolerance and diversity, Whitwell students collected paper clips to represent each of the six million people who died in the Holocaust. Ray teaching assistant Deborah Martin said Team 6-5 completed five lessons in the program by mid-February. Students learned the meaning and power of positive words, such as tolerance and diversity and the harmful effects of prejudice and stereotyping. They also explored how their positive and negative actions can influence the school environment. Teachers focused on ways sixth-graders could demonstrate kindness to others as well as how they could acknowledge other students and staff who did the same. They created the sixth-grade kindness wall. A special note is hung on the wall to recognize anyone at Ray caught committing an act of kindness. The kindness wall begins as you enter the sixth-grade wing and continues down the hall past the guidance office, turns two corners, and continues down another sixth-grade hall. The team’s goal is to continue the kindness notes project until the end of the school year, connecting all of the sixth-grade classrooms with visual reminders of kind acts performed at the school. “Our team of teachers is dedicated to providing excellent academics to the students in our care, but we also felt strongly that we should teach them to be aware of spreading kindness, to work together to help others, make a difference in their community, and feel good about themselves in the process,” noted Martin. Spreading kindness spilled out to the community when Team 6-5 embarked on two service-learning projects that focused on the CNY SPCA. They coordinated “Paws for the SPCA Cause,” encouraging the student body to donate items such as toys, food, and blankets to the organization. For the second project, called “Pennies for Pets,” sixthgraders collected over $300 of loose change to donate to the SPCA. Martin said the projects inspired and empowered the sixth-graders to be socially active as they began to examine their social roles and responsibilities at school and in the community. Continued on page 7


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Kim Smith, a representative from the CNY SPCA, speaks with Ray Middle School sixth-graders about how their donations will help the animals at the shelter.

Dis tr ict N e w s Bullying continued from page 6


t Elden Elementary School, school social worker Meredith Briggs has visited every second-grade classroom to read “The Bully Blockers Club,” a book that focuses on the importance of bystanders working together in a bullying situation to help a bullying victim. Elden decided to start its own Bully Blockers Club for second-graders. Students decorated t-shirts (see photo above), which they wear at the school’s monthly morning meeting. Students have also created anti-bullying posters to use at these meetings to reinforce the school’s message of no tolerance for bullying. Briggs is working with the Bully Blockers and the fifth-grade Principal’s Council to create anti-bullying commercials, which teachers will play in their classrooms and then discuss with students. The school is also conducting an anti-bullying poster contest for the fifth-grade similar to McNamara’s poster contest. Winning posters will be framed and hung throughout the building.

Palmer Fifth-graders Host Wax Museum


almer Elementary School’s fifth-graders hosted a famous people wax museum for family and friends in February. Each student dressed in costume as the person they researched and stayed in character to answer questions about the person’s life and accomplishments.

Sixth-graders’ Wild Projects


ixth-graders on Team 64 at Ray Middle School completed endangered animals research projects in February in their English language arts classes. Students created brochures based on the information they found in their research about the animal’s diet, habitat, and possible solutions to save the animal from extinction. When they finished their brochures, students collaborated in pairs

or small groups to assemble a display of their information. The displays filled several classrooms and hallways when the team hosted a “museum” to present their research to other sixthgraders as well as to staff members. In the photo (l to r), Jaden White, Nate Jaquint, and Jacob Bano display their cougar research.

KBR Seeks Volunteers


Above, Trey Blasi, left, portrays George Harrison, Parker Bruce is John Glenn, and Connor Garvey is Hank Aaron. At right, Belle Moore is Vincent VanGogh in Palmer Elementary School’s wax museum.

he Baker High School PTSA’s Keep the Ball Rolling (KBR) Committee is seeking volunteers and donations for the annual event, which is scheduled for May 25 immediately following the senior ball. The KBR party provides a safe alcohol/drug free environment for students to continue their celebrating into the early hours of the morning with food, games, music and prizes. The grand prize will once again be a certified used vehicle donated by Burdick Automotive BMW, Ford, Lexus, and Toyota Scion. Allstate agent Chris Hayden has donated an iPad2, and the Baldwinsville Optimist Club has donated $1,200. Hudson and Mowins will be holding an oilchange fundraiser on April 12 to benefit the event. If you are interested in donating prizes, food, or beverages, please contact Wendy Burke at 695-2534 or To volunteer your time, please contact Laurie Noll at Page 7

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Members of Van Buren Elementary School’s art club are: Photo 1(l to r) - Alyssa Schafer, Abby Manning, Abbie Alder, Catherine Griffo, and Nolan Fenner



an Buren Elementary School’s art club created three large posters to promote the school’s Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program, which ran in March to encourage students to read for pleasure. Under the guidance of art teacher Michelle Danchick, thirteen students met once a week from the beginning of the school year to mid-February to work on their posters, which reflected the PARP theme, “Discover the Magic in Books.” The posters hung in the school cafeteria for the month of March as a friendly reminder to students of the importance of reading every day.

McNamara Promotes Wellness with Fair


cNamara Elementary School held its first wellness fair in February to promote exercise and a healthy diet to its students. To fund the fair, the school used funds from its Fuel Up to Play 60 grant. All students participated in yoga and Zumba classes to get their hearts pumping and to learn how to reduce stress. Dieticians from Syracuse University and representatives from Wegmans gave presentations on nutrition and healthy foods. In the photo, fourthgraders (l to r) Jordan Roy, Sydney Smith, Katie Pascale, and Tyler Johnson practice a balance pose in a yoga session.

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Photo 2 (l to r) Cameron Sweeney, Alyssa Schafer, and Luca Giannino Photo 3 ( l to r) - Kessie Patnode, Liz Erich, Audrey McConnell, Candace Kim, Courtney Clute, and Breanna Jernigan

Durgee Leaders Celebrate Reading


egan Nervina and Carly Garcia, members of Durgee Jr. High’s Leadership Team (DLT), read to students at Elden Elementary School on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The DLT visited many of the school’s classrooms to share their love of reading and to demonstrate the importance of being life-long readers.

District News Blindfold Experiment at Baker

Celebrating 100 Days of School


s part of a sociology experiment, Jessica Futrell (above right) navigates her friend Paige Corso (above left) from their classroom on the second floor of Baker High School to the hallway outside the main office. “Do you know where we are?” Jessica asked when they reached their destination. “In the hallway by the art exhibit?” Paige replied tentatively. Blindfolded for an experiment, she had no idea where she was. She was relying on the information she received through her senses of hearing and touch to determine where she was in the school. Under the direction of teacher Ericka Garcia, the students and their classmates were conducting the experiment in February as an exercise in data collection, use of the Scientific Method, and work on a sociological topic of interest - gender vs. sense of direction. Students formulated a hypothesis for the experiment, and then worked in pairs, each one taking a turn with the blindfold while the other acted as navigator to a destination in the school. After reaching their destination, the blindfolded student had to walk back to the classroom with no coaching from his or her partner, except for safety reasons. Back in the classroom, they recorded the results before switching places and repeating the experiment with a different destination. Garcia said the results of the experiment were even. An equal number of males and females knew the destination and knew how to return to the classroom without any clues from their partners. Garcia said the class discussed the results as well as the independent and dependent variables involved. The “hands-on” activity reinforced the information and concepts her students had been studying by providing them with an opportunity to use what they had learned.

aldwinsville students celebrated 100 days of school the week of February 13. At Van Buren Elementary School, teacher Colleen Damato’s third-graders had a special guest visit the class. Adele Reid (above), who is 100 years old, answered students’ questions about how communication, technology, school and even toys have changed over her lifetime. Students prepared 100 questions a head of time and asked her as many as they could during her visit. First-grade and second-grade students at Reynolds Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school with activities that emphasized the number 100. They stacked 100 pennies, built structures with 100 blocks, and made hats decorated with 100 fingerprints. Below, Daryna Tatarin, left, Cali Pierce, and Sarah MacLeod work to build a structure with 100 blocks.

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Achievement District Honors Staff for Years of Service On March 16, the district honored 98 staff members who have 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service with the district in a ceremony that began the district’s professional development day. The following staff members received pins in recognition of their years of service: 35 Years Corrente, Ross Stanton Sr., Kevin 30 Years Bippus, Adelheit Burlingame, Michael De Moors, Katherine Lutz, Eileen Moyer, Darren Stern, Pamela 25 Years Ballard, Kenneth Barry, Lynda Creno, Wendy Duggan, Charles Hardie, Paula Jackson, Christine Kennedy, Susan Kuryla, Rosemary Pellett, James Resseguie, John Resseguie, Patricia Russo, Julie Schunck, Karen Varacchi, Cynthia Widrick, Mark

20 Years Anders, Karen Chapin, Sandra Chetney, Elizabeth Coleman, Susan Frey, Steven Grazul, Donna Hawthorne, Sharon Killian, Paula Mac Conaghy, Donna Mc Gean, Karen Putnam, Elizabeth Quinn, Martha Scott, Christine Torio, Alexis 15 Years Barnes, Stephen Blasczienski, Melanie Bourdon, Richard Canner-Smith, Sue Christman, Megan Cole, Karen Connery, Susan Craver, Therese Dunham, Dianne Dwyer, Christy

Figueroa, Patricia Formoza, Elizabeth Hyde, Julie Paice, Mary Penafeather, Noel Sahm, Kathleen Scherfling, Robert Smith, Patricia Steiger, Jacqueline Sumner-Brown, Elaine Town, Barbara 10 Years Adames, Stacy Alexander, Annette Allen, Mary Ellen Andrews, Bonnie Brooks, Christie Brown, Susan Buckley, Lori Cartier, Jeremy Carulli, Susan DeBarbieri, Joseph Disinger, Robbin Eastman, William Faiello, Pamela Fellmeth, Daniel Ferguson, Kimberley

Library’s Annual Budget Vote Set for April 26


he Baldwinsville Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the library at 33 East Genesee Street. Printed copies of the budget are available at area banks, village and town offices, and in the library. Baldwinsville Central School District residents who are 18 years old or older and have resided in the district for at least 30 days prior to April 26 are eligible to vote on the library’s budget for 2012-2013. Voters will also have an opportunity to cast their ballots for one trustee: the five-year term for the seat of Robert Manning is open. The Library Board of Trustees meets regularly once a month and is responsible for policy and general supervision of library finances. Trustee candidates must also be U.S. citizens and 18 years of age or older and have been Baldwinsville Central School District residents for at least 30 days.

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Frazo, Lori Gaurnier, Susan Hennessey, William Hillman, Samantha Hiscock, Stephen Isbell, Christine Kenefick, Sandra Kotz, Linda Lloyd, Jason Meany, Cheryl Melfi, Keri Newvine, Michelle Paul, Kristine Pieniazek, Genevieve Plouffe, Erin Rosentel, Lynn Scott, Bonnie Sikora, Thomas Smiley, Wendy Solomon, Timothy Southard, Elena Spoto, Mary Verginio, Lee Wright, Brian Ziegler, Eric

Attention Elden Parents: The school’s Donuts for Dudes event, originally scheduled for April 26, has been rescheduled for May 10, 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., due to state testing.

A c hie v ement Winter Athletic Achievement


Shay Sargeant - Finished in 28th place in the 55-meter dash in the state competition.

Wrestling Tony Burkinshaw- Section III Coach of the Year

Andy Fleming, Matt Pond, Josh Perez, and Alec Peinkofer - Finished in 6th place in the Boys 4 x 800 meter relay in the state competition.

Kevin Paul – Section III Division 1 Champion at 106 pounds. He also competed in the state tournament.

Girls Bowling Anne Peterson – Section III All Section Team. She finished in 22nd place in the state tournament.

ongratulations to the following winter athletes for their achievements:

Pat Nasoni – Section III Division 1 Champion at 195 pounds. He competed in the state tournament. Boys Swimming Dan Burke - Section III Class A Champion in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke. At states he finished 20th in the 200-yard medley and in 10th place in the backstroke. Indoor Track Gina Carnovale - Section lll Division 1 Champion, 300-meter dash. She finished in 16th place at the state competition.

Girls Gymnastics Emma Manning - was a member of the Section III team that finished in second place in the state competition. She was also the Section III Sportsmanship Winner at the state meet. Girls Basketball Maggie Monnat - scored her 1,000 point in February in a game against F-M. She is only the fourth female in Baldwinsville history to reach this milestone, and she was the team’s leading scorer this year.

Winter Athletes Score High in the Classroom

Hockey Team Named Scholar/Athlete Team State Champs



ll of the district’s winter athletic teams qualified for recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for outstanding academic achievements. In order to qualify, a varsity team must have a team composite grade point average of 90% or above. Congratulations to the following teams:

4 Girls Indoor Track- Team Average 97.33 4 Ice Hockey – Team Average 95.68 4 Girls Basketball – Team Average 94.81 4 Boys Indoor Track- Team Average 94.45 4 Boys Swimming- Team Average 93.42 4 Boys Basketball – Team Average 92.14 4 Girls Bowling – Team Average 92.07 4 Boys Bowling – Team Average 90.01 Although the New York State Public High School Athletic Association does not recognize all of the sports that Baldwinsville offers, based on local criteria the winter varsity cheerleaders also qualified for this award with a team average of 93.21.

he district’s ice hockey team is the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc.’s Winter 2011-2012 Scholar/Athlete Ice Hockey Team State Champion. The team has been awarded this honor based on its composite grade point average of 95.68 percent, which is the highest of any high school ice hockey team in the state for the winter 20112012 athletic season. Mark Lloyd is head coach of the team and Mike Pope is the assistant coach. Members of the team are Matthew Abbott, Brendan Albright, Thomas Ancillotti, Morgan Baumler, Ronald Bertrand, Brian Burlingame, Tyler Church, Matthew Colclough, Parker Ferrigan, Nicholas Harper, Matthew Herman, Christopher Johns, Ronald May, David Mazurkiewicz, Luke McCaffrey, Michael McElwain, Justin Newman, Shane O’Brien, Joshua Pinard, Brendan Polsin, Michael Schneid, Steven Schneid, Daniel Strodel, Truman Strodel, James Wadsworth, Tyler Weber, and Matthew Zandri.

Seniors Named National Merit Finalists


athan James and Jacob Minardi, seniors at Baker High School, have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Board of Education meeting - 7 p.m, Durgee cafeteria

April 3

Beginner All-District String Concert - 7 p.m, Ray gym

April 4

4 6th - 12th Grade Choral Concert - Baker aud., 7 p.m. 4 Palmer Science Fair - 7 p.m.

April 5

Elden First-Grade Concert, 6:30 p.m.

April 6


April 9 - 13

NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

April 16

Board of Education meeting - 7 p.m., Durgee cafeteria

April 17 - 19

NYS ELA Assessments, grades 3-8

April 19

McNamara Second-Grade Concert, 6:30 p.m.

April 25 - 27

NYS Math Assessments, grades 3-8

Durgee Raises $$ to Fight Cancer


urgee Junior High School held its annual version of “March Madness” on March 2 when the school’s eighth-grade teachers challenged the school’s ninth-grade teachers to a friendly game of basketball in the school’s gymnasium as a fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer. The school raised over $1,000 for the organization and donated the money in memory of Baldwinsville resident Bridgett Lefancheck. In the photo, Craig Anderson, special events manager for the American Cancer Society, accepts the donation from (l to r) Jordan Walts, Emma Funiciello, Meghan Lefancheck and Caroline May. With them is teacher Kristen Dougherty(in back).


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