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Press Releases 2021-2022

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ICSD Announces Administrative Appointments for 2022-2023
Official Results: ICSD Annual Budget Vote and Election 2022
Preliminary Results: ICSD Annual Budget Vote and Election 2022
Ithaca City School District After-School and Evening Activities Canceled May 16, 2022
Ithaca City School District After-School and Evening Activities Canceled March 9, 2022
Ithaca City School District Closed February 4, 2022
Ithaca City School District Closed February 3, 2022
Two-Hour Delay in Effect for the Ithaca City School District January 18, 2022
Ithaca City School District Closed January 11, 2022
 

June 28, 2022
ICSD Announces Administrative Appointments for 2022-2023

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved several administrative appointments for the 2022-2023 school year.

Jacqueline Richardson, who currently serves as an associate principal at Ithaca High School, has been appointed as the new principal of Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. Richardson first joined the ICSD in 2004 to teach art at Cayuga Heights and South Hill elementary schools and then taught visual arts at Ithaca High School from 2005 to 2008. She then relocated to the Harlem Village Academy Charter High School for two years, where she served as a visual arts teacher and ninth-grade team leader, before returning to again teach visual arts at Ithaca High School from 2010 to 2020. In 2020, Richardson was then appointed to her current role as Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and the 10th Grade at Ithaca High School.

Joining Richardson at Beverly J. Martin is newly appointed associate principal Annette Schaffer. Schaffer is coming to the ICSD from Pennsylvania, where she served as School Improvement Facilitator for the Chester County Intermediate Unit in Downingtown and, most recently, as an elementary school assistant principal for the Pleasant Valley School District in Kunkletown. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Schaffer worked for the New York City Department of Education for 15 years, serving in various roles, including English as a Second Language teacher, data specialist, Aspiring Principal, and middle and elementary school assistant principal. Since 2019, Schaffer has also been an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Pace University.

Caren Arnold has been appointed as the new principal of Caroline Elementary School. Arnold began her career in education in 1993, serving as a speech and language therapist for six years and then as an elementary teacher for 23 years. During the 2019-2020 school year, Arnold was also an administrative intern for the ICSD and Northeast Elementary School. In 2020, Arnold was appointed Director of Student Activities and Engagement at Ithaca High School and, since 2020, has also served as Project Lead Manager for Canvas, the district’s secondary school learning management system. This past year, Arnold transitioned to her current role as an associate principal at Ithaca High School.

Samantha Little has been appointed as interim principal of Northeast Elementary School. Little has served as the ICSD Director of Athletics and Wellness since 2017 and, prior to that, was the principal of South Hill Elementary School for four years. Little first joined the ICSD in 2002 as a school counselor at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. In 2009, she transitioned to Ithaca High School, where she worked as a Student Services Department Chairperson for one year and then as an associate principal from 2010 to 2013. While she serves as interim principal at Northeast, Little will remain connected to ICSD Athletics, and the district will provide additional administrative support for the department’s day-to-day operations.

Julie Humble, who has served as the associate principal at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School since 2019, will join Little at Northeast as associate principal and Educator of Inclusion. Humble started her career in the ICSD in 2009, working as a kindergarten teacher for seven years and as an instructional coach during the 2013-2014 school year. From 2016 to 2019, Humble then taught special education, first at Newark Valley High School and then at the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga (TST) BOCES Regional Alternative School, before returning to the ICSD in 2019. In addition to serving as associate principal at Beverly J. Martin, Humble is currently the principal for Project Innovation, the district’s inclusive summer school program for elementary and middle school students.

“We have very talented and seasoned educators stepping into building leadership roles,” Superintendent Luvelle Brown said. “These passionate leaders will facilitate the continuation of impressive initiatives and transitions in their respective schools.”


May 18, 2022
Official Results: ICSD Annual Budget Vote and Election 2022

The results of the 2022 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Budget Vote and School Board Election listed below have been certified and adopted by the ICSD Board of Education. 

Proposition No. 1    Proposed 2022-2023 Annual District Budget
 
YES Votes: 2,446
NO Votes: 1,069
Passed with 69.59%

Proposition No. 2    Appropriation and Expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds
 
YES Votes: 2,757
NO Votes: 747
Passed with 78.68%

Proposition No. 3    Establishment of New Capital Reserve Fund
 
YES Votes: 2,843
NO Votes: 635
Passed with 81.74%

Proposition No. 4    Conveyance of Real Property to the City of Ithaca
 
YES Votes: 1,366
NO Votes: 2,129
Failed with 39.08%

School Board Election: Karen Yearwood, Jill K. Tripp, and Erin Croyle having received the highest number of votes are confirmed as elected, each to an at large full three-year term from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025. Eldred Harris having received the fourth highest number of votes is confirmed as appointed to the balance of the unexpired term of Kelly Evans, which shall begin on May 18, 2022, and expire on June 30, 2024.
 
Candidate
Votes For
Jill K. Tripp 
2,604
Eldred Harris
1,292
Benjamin Mumford-Zisk*
1,077
David Shapiro
1,030
Erin Croyle
2,584
Robert Ainslie
1,076
Karen Yearwood
2,799

* Benjamin Mumford-Zisk is an ineligible Board of Education candidate due to not meeting the one-year residency requirement per New York State Education Law.


May 17, 2022
Preliminary Results: ICSD Annual Budget Vote and Election 2022

The preliminary results from the 2022 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Budget Vote and School Board Election, as of 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, are listed below. These results are subject to verification. The ICSD Board of Education will meet to certify the results on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. 

Proposition No. 1    Proposed 2022-2023 Annual District Budget
 
YES Votes: 2,446
NO Votes: 1,069

Proposition No. 2    Appropriation and Expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds
 
YES Votes: 2,757
NO Votes: 747

Proposition No. 3    Establishment of New Capital Reserve Fund
 
YES Votes: 2,843
NO Votes: 635

Proposition No. 4    Conveyance of Real Property to the City of Ithaca
 
YES Votes: 1,366
NO Votes: 2,129

School Board Election
 
Candidate
Votes For
Jill K. Tripp 
2,604
Eldred Harris
1,292
Benjamin Mumford-Zisk*
1,077
David Shapiro
1,030
Erin Croyle
2,584
Robert Ainslie
1,076
Karen Yearwood
2,799

* Benjamin Mumford-Zisk is an ineligible Board of Education candidate due to not meeting the one-year residency requirement per New York State Education Law.


May 16, 2022
Ithaca City School District After-School and Evening Activities Canceled May 16, 2022

All Ithaca City School District-sponsored after-school and evening activities are canceled for today, May 16, 2022, due to inclement weather. There will be no late bus transportation.


March 9, 2022
Ithaca City School District After-School and Evening Activities Canceled March 9, 2022

All Ithaca City School District-sponsored after-school and evening activities are canceled for today, March 9, 2022, due to inclement weather. There will be no late bus transportation.


February 3, 2022
Ithaca City School District Closed February 4, 2022

The Ithaca City School District will be closed tomorrow, February 4, 2022, due to inclement weather. All school-sponsored after-school and evening activities scheduled for tomorrow are also canceled.


February 2, 2022
Ithaca City School District Closed February 3, 2022

The Ithaca City School District will be closed tomorrow, February 3, 2022, due to inclement weather. All school-sponsored after-school and evening activities scheduled for tomorrow are also canceled.


January 18, 2022
Two-Hour Delay in Effect for the Ithaca City School District January 18, 2022

A two-hour delay is in effect for the Ithaca City School District for today, January 18, 2022.


January 11, 2022
Ithaca City School District Closed January 11, 2022

The Ithaca City School District will be closed today, January 11, 2022, due to inclement weather. All school-sponsored after-school and evening activities are also canceled.