Looking back at 2010, pt. 2

Looking forward

Our To Do list for 2011 is already lengthy, and I look forward to facing these challenges with the village team and the community. We will not be treating the lake this year, but will rather monitor the sparse remaining milfoil plants and observe their behavior. In the meantime, we will continue our other lake health efforts, focusing on other initiatives within the Watershed Management Plan such as stormwater runoff and drainage projects. The Tree Commission is beginning work on a tree care ordinance to fulfill the application requirements for the Tree City USA designation, and is planning another seminar. We will begin the restoration of Carpenter's Barn using the $250,000 grant that was received in 2010, and we will continue to seek a permanent, potentially community-based use for this special property. We will continue to look for ways to encourage economic development, and will watch the progress of such proposed projects as Riverside Drive and the potential brewfarm, which could bring new services and industry to the village. Lastly, we have just received the first phase of the Shared Services Committee report, and look forward to exploring potential ways to recognize efficiencies between municipalities and look for savings.

Robert Dubik, Superintendent, Cazenovia Central School District

We sat down with Robert Dubik, who listed some of his proudest accomplishments.

"At the top of the list has to be the Field Hockey team," he said. "I think the district's proudest moment is our accomplishment of how well our students do, both in the classroom and on the athletic field.

"We're halfway done with the $12.5 million [capital] project that the community supported."

"Our graduation rate was 92 percent," he said. "We are one of the highest in the area."

"We're proud of what the kids do, you know, their community service. They're required to do community service, but they go over and above.

"We have additional classes and reading programs at Burton Street that have been recognized statewide. We have people calling us from the states of Oregon and Washington.

"We're always looking for grants, and our teachers have done a great job.

"The quality of our students and teachers is very high."

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