Michael R. Cornell

Mr. Michael R. Cornell
Superintendent of Schools
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Wendy Heslink 
Executive Assistant to Superintendent

Budget supports continued progress

    As we near the three-quarter mark of the 2018-2019 school year, we can be proud of the work we have done together since the summer. Among our accomplishments are the completion of our initiative to engage every staff member in a full-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training, as well as a two-hour Suicide Prevention Training. Also, while we have completed most of the 2016 Capital Project, we were able to add a Phase II to that project which will include replacing the perimeter fence of Howe Field, the fence around the High School tennis courts and some unfinished work in some of the elementary school auditoriums.

   We are also very proud of the great work that our educators did in designing and implementing the commitments in their 2018-2019 School-Based Learning Plans. These plans assured that the commitments in our HCSD Strategic Action Plan are carried out in each of our six schools. As a result of the efforts and expertise of our wonderful educators, students and staff are truly becoming modern learners “who create, care, solve and discover.”

   Also significant, is the fact that the Hamburg Schools are ranked #10 out of all school districts in Western New York, our graduation rate is 96% and our students perform better on NYS Regents Exams than the students in all but five school districts in the region.

   Importantly, the 2019-2020 budget will allow us to continue the progress we’ve made over the last several years. Next year’s budget:

•Maintains all current programs at total budget cost of $73,016,866

•Requires a levy increase of 2.87%, which falls under the allowable levy limit (tax cap)

•Adds two Instructional Coaches, who will be current HCSD teachers

•Replaces all retiring teachers

•Adds teachers at the Middle School

   Also important this year is Proposition #2, which seeks to convey a parcel of land owned by the school district to the Village of Hamburg so that our colleagues at the Village can build a 90-foot synthetic turf baseball diamond next to Glen Meadows Park. As a result of this collaboration, the Village Recreation Department will have the 90-foot baseball diamond it needs and the school district will be able to use it for modified and JV baseball. One of the most exciting opportunities that will result from this collaboration is that this field, because it will be synthetic, will be the ideal home of the Kyle Reid Memorial Challenger Baseball League, which is an adaptive baseball program for people with physical and intellectual challenges. It is the kind of “win-win” that happens when local governments look for creative ways to collaborate with each other.

   The budget of a school district reflects the priorities and values of the community. We are proud of the fact that the $73,016,866 budget proposal for 2019-2020 emphasizes high quality modern learning for all. From our Tinker Tanks (elementary school Maker Spaces) and Instructional Coaches, to our inclusive play initiative and our strategic planning process, the 2019-2020 budget, as well as the proposal to convey unused district property to the Village, will allow us to “engage all students in learning experiences that inspire life-long learning and empower each for their future.” We hope to see everyone at the annual school budget vote and school board election on May 21, 2019.

   Thank you for your continued partnership and support.


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