A Message from the Superintendent…
Dear Residents and Stakeholders of the Lyme Central School District,
As we contemplate the last few months of the current school year, and eagerly plan for the year ahead, beginning 2022-2023, we do so with an abundance of pride and optimism for the future of our District! At the Lyme Central School District we take great pride in our unwavering pursuit of attaining our mission, “Preparing Today’s Students to be Tomorrow’s Citizens”, along with our families and community stakeholders in order to ensure we continue to offer the best educational experiences possible for all students. Our efforts continue to be rewarded as the majority of our students consistently demonstrate outstanding academic, athletic and extracurricular ability, healthy decision making and respectable behavior. We remain proud of the work we do, together, and the opportunities we provide on behalf of our district’s children!
On behalf of the Board of Education, Administrative Team, and the entire LCS Staff, I’m pleased to share the proposed 2022-2023 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 1.66% 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 2022-2023 Spending Plan consists of a minimal overall spending increase of 1.66%.
- The Board of Education is projecting a 1.11% increase in the tax levy. This modest increase, ($100,000 home = approx. $11.20 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 2021-2022 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 Sackets—BOCES Service
- 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
- Staffing adjusted for enrollment
- Automatic shut-down of all district computers at 6:30 p.m. nightly
- Monitoring of day to day operating expenses
- 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 once again be able to open our facility for community use as we partner with local agencies, businesses, instructors and so on. We look forward to building upon and enhancing those opportunities as we head into the 2022-2023 school year, without the restrictions of COVID!
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS—Some of the ways our Community Members utilize our School:
North Country Family Health School-based Dental Services for Students
Fully Equipped FITNESS/EXERCISE Room with morning, evening and weekend hours
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 (Hopefully returning for the 2022-2023)
The 2022-2023 Budget Notice will be mailed to residents following the annual Budget Hearing, which will be held on May 5, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. The Budget Newsletter, available after April 28th, 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 which saw us through a global pandemic to brighter days ahead for our students and District. We are optomistic that Lyme’s tradition of strong community support for our district’s academic excellence and a safe, student-centered enviroment will continue into the year ahead and for many, many years to follow. With your continued support, we will 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 reach out to me at your earliest convenience should you have questions prior to our Budget Vote on May 17, 2022. Best wishes for a positive and productive end to the school year! I look forward to seeing you soon!