Ithaca City School District

ithaca high school class of 2015 graduation

Ithaca High School held its 140th Commencement Ceremony on June 25 in the Ithaca College Athletics & Events Center.

Photos from the night are available on the district Facebook page.

Click here to view the ceremony program.

Video of the ceremony is available below and will be archived on the WRED-TV YouTube channel (visit the channel by clicking here).



Friday, June 26, 2015
ICSD Board of Education Announces Contract Extensions

This past Tuesday evening, June 23, 2015, the Ithaca City School District Board of Education extended the contract of Superintendent, Dr. Luvelle Brown, through June 30, 2020. Board President, Robert Ainslie, recognized Dr. Brown’s accomplishments in his four and half years as Superintendent. A rising graduation rate, increased at-grade reading levels, increased participation rates in all co-curricular activities and decreased disproportionality between minority and special education students compared to majority students. “We are committed to providing quality learning opportunities for all our children; each is a valuable member of our 6000 Thinkers” said Dr. Brown.

Dr. Brown’s contract includes no increase in pay.  Some adjustments were made to the benefit package. “The lack of a pay increase for a second year is not a measure of Dr. Brown’s performance, but rather recognition by the Superintendent of the continuing economic issues facing the school district,” said Board Member, Eldred Harris.

The Board also extended the contracts for Robert VanKeuren, Director of Human Resources and Amanda Verba, School Business Official. Each contract was extended for one year and included a two percent increase in compensation. Dr. Brown thanked Mr. VanKeuren and Ms. Verba for their continuing service to the District. “The District now has an experienced and more stable senior management team” noted Board Vice President, Chris Malcolm. Malcolm continued, “Stability at the senior level will allow the District to make continued gains in achievement by our students.”

The Board meets next on July 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in the Board Conference Room at Lake Street for its annual re-organization meeting.  Three new members will be joining the Board, Jen Curley, Moira Lang and Ann Reichlin.

Please click here to view the press release sent out on June 26.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015
ICSD and Cornell team up to help students

The Ithaca City School District and Cornell University will team up to provide pre-college support for 99 low-income and/or underrepresented minority ICSD students on their path to future STEM careers, thanks to a grant from the New York State Education Department.

The Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) Grant will pay for additional professional staff and student tutors to provide academic support to some ICSD students in grades 7-12. The grant for around $200,000 per year for five years will aim to increase the number of historically-underrepresented and economically-disadvantaged students prepare to enter college and pursue careers in mathematics, science, technology, or health-related fields.

“I am looking forward to the collaboration with Cornell University and others to provide academic skill-building, mentoring, and other STEM-related experiences to our young people,” ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown said.

ICSD is partnering with the Cornell Public Service Center and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives for the program, which is slated to launch in the fall. More information will be announced in the coming months.


Friday, June 19, 2015
ICSD Insider Volume 45

Click here to read Volume 45 of the ICSD Insider.


Friday, June 19, 2015
Teacher Wins Award from Tompkins Trust

South Hill Elementary Teacher Carolyn Belle was been awarded one of this year’s Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Awards from Tompkins Trust Company. Ms. Belle was nominated by her fellow educators at South Hill for her outstanding efforts to recycle and conserve paper. This year she led the fifth grade student body in promoting “Litter Less Lunches,” also known as “Waste Free Wednesdays,” where the student body was encouraged to bring lunches from home that are totally waste-free. The effort has been a huge success, reducing the school’s daily garbage output to a half of a trash can.

Belle received her award in front of the South Hill teaching staff on June 17. Congratulations! Tompkins Trust Company and the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County annually honor teachers for improving education in Tompkins County. The awards is named in honor of the late Raymond Van Houtte, Tompkins Trust bank president and chief executive officer from 1974-1989.