Closely connected to the quest for new teacher and administrator assessments is the federal government's Race to the Top Program. Although North Syracuse will only receive $323,501 over a four-year period, we will use those funds in the most efficient way possible to ensure that the changes described above relative to teacher and principal evaluation, teaching standards, and a peer assistance review program, are carried out. Also, the School District's renewed commitment to curriculum mapping, which has as its goal completed maps in English Language Arts and math by this July, is all part of the reform movement and improved student performance.
Facing our financial challenges, we are looking at different ways to reduce costs without hurting the operation of the school district. Indicative of this initiative is the work of a transportation committee which is evaluating the present transportation operation to reduce expenses. At the same time, in cooperation with the different bargaining groups, we are encouraging greater use of generic drugs where applicable, and increased prescription mail order usage.
The cooperation of all our stakeholders - parents, community, and staff alike - is critical if our children's needs are to be met.