Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...
As the 2013-14 school year winds down and I attend the myriad of activities and celebrations districtwide, it is clear to me that we have an instructional team and community support that are second to none.
First and foremost, the instructional excellence of our faculty continues to bring sound learning to our students and accolades to our district and community.
Last week our local business journal’s academic rankings were released, and they showed Lancaster Central School District moving up to 6 out of 98 school districts in Western New York. At the same time, we continue to be the most cost effective and the most administratively efficient school district in Western New York.
These results are based on 2013 and older student achievement data, and I’m happy to say our results from 2014 data, which are still coming in, continue to soar.
Unofficially this year, we have a 99 percent graduation rate, with 61 percent of our students earning Regents diplomas with advanced designation. Both of these are the highest in district history. The Class of 2014 will graduate with more advanced placement and advanced study credits than ever before, and in the end, this class did so well academically that colleges and universities across the country decided that they wanted our students to become part of their incoming freshman classes, awarding our seniors more than $6 million in academic scholarships.
This kind of improvement and success does not happen just from within the school district but also comes from support that resonates throughout the Lancaster community on behalf of our students. One prime example is the Lancaster Educational and Alumni Foundation’s second annual mixer, which raised thousands of dollars for eReaders and classroom mini-grants in support of our students. It is impossible to recognize everyone who had a hand in the event, but their tireless efforts will be reflected in the smiling faces of youngsters checking Nooks out of our media centers this fall.
Another great example of district-community collaboration occurred at William Street School earlier this month. Where else but Lancaster would educators, volunteers, police department, fire department, and community supporters work to create the region’s largest triathlon for students in grades three through six? This year, more than 400 fledgling athletes participated in the swimming, biking, and running event that is a hallmark of our efforts to promote health and wellness.
Thank you to everyone in the Lancaster community for making this a wonderful school year and for making the Lancaster community second to none.
Michael J. Vallely
Superintendent of Schools