Ithaca City School District

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Northeast Elementary Named a New York State Reward School

Ithaca, N.Y., August  25, 2015—the New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently selected Northeast Elementary School as a Reward School. The designation goes to New York schools with the highest achievement in the state or those that are making the most progress in closing student achievement gaps.
"This is a spectacular honor, and we are beyond proud of our students and the staff and families who support our students' growth,” said Northeast Principal Lily Talcott. “This is a reflection of our students' incredible hard work not just on testing days, but throughout the year as they engage in deep, meaningful, collaborative learning experiences designed by our outstanding teachers. I'm confident that we will continue on this challenging but worthy path in the upcoming school year as well."
According to NYSED, 361 of more than 4,800 schools statewide earned Reward School status. New York State Reward Schools have been identified based on both 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year results.  This is the second consecutive year that Northeast Elementary has received this special designation.
“Northeast Elementary School and our school district demonstrate consistent excellence with regards to meeting the needs of learners.  We are honored to receive another prestigious recognition for the outstanding work happening in our learning spaces,” said Superintendent Luvelle Brown.
Please click here to view the full news release sent on August 25, 2015.

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.