Ithaca City School District

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
ICSD Appoints New Principal at Northeast Elementary School

Ithaca, N.Y., August 11, 2015The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) announces Lily Talcott as the new principal at Northeast Elementary School.  Ms.Talcott replaces Jeff Tomasik who was named principal of Boynton Middle School in July.   Ms. Talcott is making the transition to Northeast Elementary School after serving as a Master Educator in the school district since 2013.  Prior to serving as an administrator, Ms. Talcott was a teacher in the school district since 2006.  In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Talcott helped to facilitate district professional development and worked at the state level designing math curriculum. Ms. Talcott, a graduate of ICSD, holds degrees from SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, and Wells College.


“Lily has been an exceptional student, teacher, and administrator in the Ithaca City School District.  I am happy that she chooses to contribute her talents to our community. Now she will have a special focus on Northeast Elementary School,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.


Ms. Talcott stated, “I am honored to be joining the Northeast community.  I look forward to getting to know the students, families and staff, and to supporting the outstanding teaching and learning that's already taking place here.  I am excited to apply my experience with and passion for elementary curriculum and instruction to this new role.”



Thursday, July 16, 2015
ICSD Announces Administrative Appointments

The Ithaca City School District announced that Jeff Tomasik will be the new principal at Boynton Middle School. At its July 14th meeting, the Board of Education accepted the resignation of former Boynton Principal, Joe Dhara. Mr. Dhara is leaving the ICSD after accepting a central office role in the central New York area.

Jeff Tomasik is making the transition to Boynton Middle School after serving as principal of Northeast Elementary since August 2003. For two years preceding his Northeast appointment, Mr. Tomasik served as the Associate Principal of DeWitt Middle School, and as an ESL teacher at DeWitt Middle School during the 2000-2001 school year. His previous experience includes teaching positions in Fiarfax County, Virginia and in Washington State. Mr. Tomasik holds degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Virginia. 

"Jeff has been an exceptional leader at Northeast Elementary, and is now eager for a new challenge as instructional leader of Boynton Middle School," said Superintendent Luvelle Brown. 

Mr. Tomasik stated, "The time has come for me to use the leadership skills I have developed at Northeast Elementary in a new context. I am extremely grateful to have had the good fortune to work with an exceptional group of students, staff, and families at Northeast. I look forward to developing long-lasting ties with the Boynton community moving forward."

A nationwide search for the next principal at Northeast Elementary School will begin immediately. An informational and input gathering meeting with the Northeast community will be scheduled for the week of July 20th.

Previously, at its June 23rd meeting. The ICSD Board of Education finalized the district's Executive Team with the appointment of two internal candidates. Liddy Coyle and David Brown were appointed to fill vacant positions as Chief Academic Officer and Chief Administration Officer, respectively. They will join Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Matt Landahl, Chief Operations Officer Amanda Verba, and Chief Human Capital Officer Robert Van Keuren on the Executive Team. 

Please click here to view the full news release sent on July 14, 2015.



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.