Keene Central School District has never had the luxury of being a recipient of a large amount of State aid. At this time of fiscal crisis, this has become an advantage for the district. The district is not dependent on State aid and therefore has not been hit as hard by that reduction of funding. The budget planning process is moving along with all eyes being focused on being frugal while maintaining quality programs and opportunities for students.
Curriculum and Standards changes are being made by New York State. Keene Central continues to interpret these changes and adjust our curriculum to align with these prescribed changes. As a result of adjustments to the Standards, assessments are being modified as well. Teachers work each day to prepare their students for these changes as well.
Preparing today’s students for the demands of tomorrow’s world is our largest challenge. The unknowns make this task daunting. What skills will people need to be successful in the world of tomorrow? How are young people motivated to challenge themselves and to work hard? Is the work we are asking of them the “right” work? These are but a few of the questions educators are grappling to answer.
Keene Central has developed a solid reputation of providing a quality educational experience while supporting the social and emotional growth of students. Given the challenges of tomorrow, the work before our school and our community is to continue to find ways of maintaining that quality experience and reputation. This task will take everyone working together, communicating clearly, sharing ideas and expertise, being supportive, being open to change and being open-minded. This work is being conducted throughout the country. If it can be successful anywhere, I am confident it can be successful in Keene. The Keene community comes together when things get tough and these are tough times in education.
Thank you for the on-going support.
KCS Family and Community,
I am very proud to be a member of the KCS Family! As the Principal, I am delighted to be a part of a school community where family members are visible and actively engaged, as well as an integral component of KCS. I have three children who attend KCS and I couldn’t dream of a better school for them; Healthy food to grow and develop, highly effective teachers to help them learn and succeed, and community support to help them flourish.
Great pride is taken in one’s responsibility here at KCS, whether it be in administration, teaching, preparing meals, transporting students, maintaining the building or managing the office. This school is successful because a staff of dedicated, aspiring men and women have a common goal of doing what is best for students and continually look for ways to achieve this goal.
It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a very unique school like KCS to educate them. Please know that we welcome your collaboration and assistance, as they are greatly valued and appreciated. We are in this together! Together, we have the potential to cultivate life-long learners and yield educated learners and leaders who refuse to be average, embrace adversity, and blaze paths that make significant impacts in our community and beyond. We look forward to you and your family joining us as we strive toward excellence.
With Keene Spirit,
“Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming.”