A Message from the Superintendent…
Dear Residents and Stakeholders of the Lyme Central School District,
At the Lyme Central School District we take pride in our unwavering commitment to collaborate with our families and community stakeholders in order to ensure the best educational experience possible for all students. Our efforts are rewarded as the majority of our students consistently demonstrate outstanding academic, athletic and extracurricular ability, healthy decision making and respectable behavior. We are proud of the work we do, and the opportunities we provide on your behalf!
On behalf of the Board of Education, Administrative Team, and the entire LCS Staff, I’m pleased to share the proposed 2019-20 Lyme Central School District Spending Plan. As such, the district once again approached the budget season with some very specific goals in mind: (1) Expand and/or maintain as many of the academic and extracurricular opportunities for students as financially possible. (2) Consider necessary facility updates and staffing needs as part of our obligation to provide our District’s stakeholders with a safe, well-maintained, student-centered learning environment. (3) Respond to our financial requirements and responsibilities in ways which create the least amount of impact on our taxpayers. We are optimistic that our community will appreciate and fully support the direction we are taking in order to meet these important goals and with only a minimal increase of 1.98% in the overall spending plan.
Beyond the district’s success in meeting high academic and athletic standards of performance, I’m pleased to share that we have continued with our priority of identifying and applying efficiency strategies, and implementing cost-saving measures, such as participating in shared services with neighboring districts, BOCES and local municipalities. We have successfully utilized all available resources and the Board of Education’s long range strategic planning and conservative budgeting practices have been beneficial in supporting our academic and extracurricular offerings for students, in addition to updating and improving many areas throughout our facilities. The Board of Education continues to evaluate all areas of the budget regularly as the long-term sustainability of the Lyme Central School District, for our students and their families, remains a steadfast priority.
- Public Schools operate primarily on money (revenue) they receive from two sources: State Aid and Tax Dollars.
- The 2019-20 Spending Plan consists of a minimal overall spending increase of 1.98%.
- The Board of Education is projecting a 2.5% increase in the tax levy, which falls well below the District’s allowable tax cap. (We are pleased that our community members will once again be in a position to receive their property tax rebate checks from New York State!) This modest increase, ($100,000 home = approx. $18.00 increase for the year), is primarily due to increases in required student services, general operating costs, and contractual obligations.Continuing Cost-Saving Measures: During the 2018-19 school year, the Board of Education, Administration, and Staff have continued their intentional focus of ensuring that LCS operates in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner. The following measures have been implemented and/or continued:
- Cafeteria Manager Share with Carthage CSD—BOCES Service
- Transportation Supervisor and Mechanic share between Lyme and Thousand Islands
- Shared Fuel Facility with Town of Lyme, Village of Chaumont, Three Mile Bay Fire Department, Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department
- Identification and utilization of grant funds to pay for staff development opportunities, materials, and staffing as possible
- Automatic shut-down of all district computers at 6:30 p.m. nightly
- Monitoring of day to day operating expenses
- Adjusting staffing for enrollment (as possible) while considering upcoming teacher/staff retirements
- Elimination of weekend building checks which previously resulted in over-time pay
- Utilization of district vehicle for transportation eliminating mileage reimbursements
We remain grateful for the many community partnerships we have formed over the years and are excited to share the ways we consistently open our doors to partner with local agencies, businesses, instructors and so on. We look forward to building upon and enhancing those opportunities as we head into the 2019-20 school year!
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS—Some of the ways our Community Members utilize our School:
Yoga Classes (NEW in 2018-19)
North Country Family Health School-based Dental Services for Students (NEW in 2018-19)
Newly Renovated FITNESS/EXERCISE Room (COMING IN MAY 2019 and open to the community!)
Good News Club Student Activities
Lyme Youth Commission—Athletic Practices/Events
Summer Theater Camp
Sports Clinics (throughout the year)
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Veteran’s Day Celebration
Fort Drum Holiday Concert
Tri-Board Meetings (Village, Town and School District)
Before/After School Child Care (Coming in the fall of 2019-20!)
The 2019-20 Budget Notice will be mailed to residents following the annual Budget Hearing, which will be held on May 9, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. The Budget Newsletter provides a detailed look at the specifics of the proposed spending plan and the funding priorities of the Board of Education. This document is available at the following locations:
- District Website under the Board of Education Tab/ Budget Information
- District Facebook Page
- District’s Welcome Center
- Chaumont Post Office; Citizen’s Bank of Cape Vincent; Watertown Savings Bank; Town of Lyme Library
At LCS we remain committed to our mission of Preparing Today’s Students to Be Tomorrow’s Citizens. I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the entire LCS Community for your unwavering support of our students and District, and hope the tradition of strong community support for academic excellence and a safe, student-centered enviroment will continue into the 2019-20 school year. With your support, we will continue to work diligently serving our taxpayers, our students, and staff, ensuring we are able to recognize sustainable growth both in the short term and also for years to come!
Please feel free to call me or our Business Official, Mrs. Sandy Rooney, should you have questions prior to our Budget Vote on May 21, 2019. Best wishes for a positive and productive end to the 2018-19 school year! I look forward to seeing you