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… and so begins another school year

Cazenovia students return to academia after long, hot summer

This year, Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Schnaabl will oversee 690 students, with the help of vice principal Susan Vickers. In addition to area residents, the student body includes visitors from Poland, Burma, Japan, Norway and Korea through the foreign-exchange program.

This year, Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Schnaabl will oversee 690 students, with the help of vice principal Susan Vickers. In addition to area residents, the student body includes visitors from Poland, Burma, Japan, Norway and Korea through the foreign-exchange program. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— As of Tuesday, Sept. 6, summer recess ended and classes resumed for students of the Cazenovia Central School District.

Hallways and lunch lines are busy once again at the district’s three academic buildings. For Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Schnabl, life is back to normal.

“The official start to this year went very well, we had no major problems, as far as scheduling and the construction project,” Schnabl said. “The best part of opening day is just seeing the kids come back to school, excited for the new year and ready to get started. I’m in this business because I enjoy seeing students be successful. When the hallways are empty it’s kind of strange.”

Students navigating the halls have noticed a few new modifications to their classroom-commutes. Numerous cosmetic changes and structural improvements were implemented to each of the district’s buildings over the past 15 months as part of the $12.6 million Capital Improvement Project. The plan’s final component in need of completion is the high school’s Buckley Gymnasium. A new set of windows were installed in a newly constructed common area the second floor, looking down into the gym.

Schnabl said excitement is growing and many of the students can’t wait to try out the newly installed flooring and fixtures. “The students were impressed, as were the faculty, with the renovations and additions, and they’re really looking forward to getting into the new gymnasium, which should be completed within the coming weeks,” he said.

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Students in Kris Denton’s eighth-grade English class begin their second day of school by writing in their journals. The eighth grade class is the smallest this year, with just 124 students.

The 2010-11 year was a successful one for the district. High standardized test scores, positive state assessments and three state championship athletic teams proved Cazenovia faculty, staff and administrators have continued the tradition of excellence. Observing a steady trend of improvement since he started at the high school in 2005, Schnabl said he hopes to help facilitate students’ success this year.

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