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June 28, 2022: 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: 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.
May 17, 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.
March 9, 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: 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: 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: 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: A two-hour delay is in effect for the Ithaca City School District for today, January 18, 2022.
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.
May 19, 2021: The results of the 2021 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Budget Vote and School Board Election listed below have been certified and adopted by the ICSD Board of Education.
May 18, 2021: The preliminary results from the 2021 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Budget Vote and School Board Election, as of 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, are listed below. These results are subject to verification. The ICSD Board of Education will meet to certify the results on Wednesday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m.
May 3, 2021: Due to the number of emergency closings this school year, Friday, May 28, 2021, will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District. All schools will be in session.
April 30, 2021: DeWitt Middle School will be closed to in-person learning today, April 30, 2021, due to a power outage. DeWitt's instructional programming will be held remotely. Students in need of breakfast and lunch can call (607) 274-2302.
February 3, 2021: The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will be closed today, February 3, 2021, due to inclement weather. All instructional programming and school-sponsored activities, both in-person and remote, are canceled. School meals will not be available for pickup and weekly meal deliveries will be delayed until Thursday and Friday.
February 2, 2021: The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will be closed tomorrow, February 2, 2021, due to inclement weather. All instructional programming and school-sponsored activities, both in-person and remote, are canceled. School meals will not be available for pickup or delivery.
February 1, 2021: The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will be closed today, February 1, 2021, due to inclement weather. All in-person and remote instructional programming and school-sponsored activities are canceled. School meals will not be available for pickup or delivery.
January 12, 2021: On January 12, 2021, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, effective February 1, 2021. After a significant decade of service, Brown will leave the ICSD to become the head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Discovery Education, a global education company providing resources and support for millions of students and teachers.
Brown also has a long list of individual accolades. In 2017, he was named the New York State Superintendent of the Year and one of TrustEd’s national thought-leaders. In 2019, he was honored with the Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen Award. Additionally, Brown has been recognized as one of the nation’s top tech-savvy educational leaders, as well as a “difference maker” by the National School Boards Association. Most recently, Brown founded and currently co-chairs the New York State Council of Superintendents Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity, and was recently appointed to the Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education.
“I am blessed to live and work in this wonderful community,” Brown said. “We have accomplished much together over the past decade and I am excited for the future of our school district. The decision to transition has been very difficult. While I will miss serving as Superintendent in Ithaca, I am looking forward to scaling my influence and directly impacting teaching and learning for millions of students and educators all over the world.”
“It will be nearly impossible to replace Dr. Brown,” ICSD Board of Education President Rob Ainslie said. “He has been an amazing leader and community member. We wish him great success in his new role.”
At its next meeting, the Board of Education expects to appoint ICSD Deputy Superintendent Lily Talcott as Interim Superintendent. Brown will provide consultation throughout the remainder of the academic year.
January 10, 2021: On January 8, Governor Cuomo announced the expansion of COVID-19 vaccination eligibility in New York State to Phase 1B, which includes education workers. In light of this announcement, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is working to formulate a plan for the vaccination of district personnel in close collaboration with the Tompkins County Health Department, Cayuga Health System and district unions.
Under the phased distribution of the vaccine, appointments will be made available for group 1B as early as this week, based on vaccine availability, in parallel with the ongoing vaccination of direct and ancillary health care professionals in group 1A. The largest group, 1B includes 3.2 million New Yorkers who will be eligible to receive the vaccine, as outlined below.
The governor’s office and the New York State Department of Health are asking unions to organize vaccine administrations for their constituents, including but not limited to police, firefighters and educators, to enable other providers to focus on the 75+ age group. According to the governor's office, if viable plans are established, these groups will receive weekly allocations from their local health departments, rather than pharmacies, primary care offices, hospitals or health care centers.
Based on the current distribution of vaccines to New York State by the federal government, it is estimated that it will take 14 weeks to administer vaccines to all eligible persons in groups 1A and 1B (through April 16). The ICSD is working to establish a vaccination plan in alignment with the state’s 10 Guiding Principles, which reflect the district’s commitment to equity. Communication regarding the ICSD’s vaccination plan will be forthcoming.
January 9, 2021: On Monday, January 4, 2021, the Ithaca City School District began testing in-person students and staff for COVID-19 using Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests provided by the New York State Department of Health. The district’s school-based testing program is voluntary and caregivers can opt their children in at any time by completing a testing consent form.
The ICSD aims to test 20% of in-person students and staff over the course of each two-week period, similar to the structure required under a “Yellow Zone” designation (the ICSD is not currently in a “Yellow Zone”). Throughout the first week of testing, nurses and trained observers ultimately tested 12% of in-person students and staff across our 12 schools. There were no positive cases identified in the process.
All positive antigen results must be confirmed through PCR testing. The ICSD reports any health department-confirmed positive PCR result to the New York State COVID-19 School Dashboard and directly notifies school communities of positive cases with in-school contacts. Those who wish to stay informed about positive cases that have not had any in-school contacts are encouraged to regularly check the NYS dashboard, which is updated each school day, as the ICSD will no longer be notifying communities directly unless there are school-based contacts.
In addition to launching the school-based testing program, ICSD nurses began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Governor Cuomo has also announced that Phase 1B of the state-wide vaccination rollout will include teachers and education workers.
For more information on the ICSD’s surveillance testing program, visit ithacacityschools.org/testing.
December 16, 2020: The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will be closed tomorrow, December 17, 2020, due to inclement weather. All remote instructional programming and school-sponsored activities are canceled. School meals will not be available for pickup or delivery.
June 29, 2020: Beginning July 6, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will reopen its outdoor facilities for public use, including low-risk youth sports in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. The district will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the health and safety of children, families and the community.Group outdoor facility use requests will be managed through ML Schedules, which can be accessed on the ICSD website at ithacacityschools.org/facilities. Those who wish to submit an outdoor facility use request will need to review and confirm their understanding of and commitment to health and safety requirements on behalf of their group or organization. These include, but are not limited to groups of no more than 50 people. Any outdoor facility use request made prior to July 6 will be considered by the district on an individual basis.
The use of playgrounds, play structures and green spaces by individuals or members of the same household does not require district review and approval. The ICSD asks anyone using outdoor district facilities to practice recommended social distancing and hygiene practices, including maintaining six feet of distance from others, staying home when sick, and wearing cloth face coverings as feasible.
At this time, our indoor facilities remain closed. All questions regarding district facility use should be directed to Daniel Breiman, Administration Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 23, 2020: On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved two administrative appointments for the 2020-2021 school year.Jennifer Gondek, who currently serves as a Master Educator for Inclusion (MEI) at Enfield and Northeast elementary schools, has been appointed as the district’s new Director of Special Education. Prior to joining the ICSD in 2019, Gondek worked for eight years as an Instructional Specialist for Inclusion at TST BOCES, supporting component districts in the areas of inclusive education, literacy, behavioral support, special education regulation, and more. Gondek also has over a decade of diverse teaching experience, having worked in various states as a special education teacher, elementary teacher, student support teacher, and literacy specialist.
On Tuesday night, the ICSD Board of Education also appointed Lisa Sahasrabudhe as the new principal of Cayuga Heights Elementary School. Sahasrabudhe first joined the ICSD in 1988 and served for 30 years as a classroom teacher at Fall Creek, Belle Sherman, and Beverly J. Martin elementary schools. In 2018, Sahasrabudhe became the district’s first Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Culturally Responsive Practices. She was then appointed to her current position, Instructional Coach for Equity, Inclusion, and Innovation at Fall Creek Elementary School, in 2019. Sahasrabudhe also serves as an Equity Mentor for the district and has been a member of the ICSD Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council (EILC) since 2014.
June 18, 2020: The results of the 2020 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Budget Vote and School Board Election listed below have been certified and adopted by the ICSD Board of Education.
June 17, 2020: The preliminary results from the 2020 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Budget Vote and School Board Election, as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, are listed below. These results are subject to verification. The ICSD Board of Education will meet to certify the results on Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m.
June 8, 2020: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an Executive Order extending the deadline for school districts to receive absentee ballots returned by mail to June 16, 2020.Ballots may be delivered by hand to the District Office at 400 Lake Street until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. Ballots may continue to be mailed and will be received by mail until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.
The “closing of the polls” will occur at 5:00 p.m. on June 16, at which time, election inspectors will begin counting the ballots. Ballots that are postmarked on or prior to June 16 but not received by 5:00 p.m. on June 16 cannot be counted.
May 22, 2020: On Thursday, May 21, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved a modification for an early end to the 2019-2020 academic calendar.
Along with other districts in the region, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring remote instruction through the April spring break, the ICSD is positioned to end the school year approximately one week early.
The last day of instruction for all ICSD students will now be Tuesday, June 16. The last day for 10-month employees will be Friday, June 19. The district will continue offering free school meal deliveries to all children through June 25.
In an effort to ensure a sense of closure for students, families and staff, the ICSD will transition away from new instruction as of June 8 and will begin culminating projects/review and offering closure conversations/conferences for all students.
Newly Modified 2019-2020 End-of-Year Dates for the Ithaca City School District
- Monday, May 25: Memorial Day Recess
- Monday, June 8: Begin Closure Conversations/Conferences and Culminating Experiences
- Tuesday, June 16: Last Day for Students
- Friday, June 19: Last Day for 10-Month Employees
- Thursday, June 25: Last Day for School Year Meal Delivery
May 12, 2020: Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Superintendent Luvelle Brown is pleased to announce that two district administrators will transition into new roles for the 2020-2021 school year.Carlan Gray, who currently serves as an associate principal at Ithaca High School, will transition to the role of principal of DeWitt Middle School on July 1, 2020. Gray first joined the ICSD in 2005. Prior to her appointment as associate principal in 2018, she served as a high school biology teacher, science department chair, and master educator for science, math, engineering and technology (STEM). In addition to several district-wide professional development projects, Gray has also supported the ICSD by serving as a coach for the cross-country team.
Lauren Wright will transition to the role of principal of Boynton Middle School on July 1, 2020, as well. Wright began her career in the district in 2013 as a social studies teacher at Ithaca High School. She then served as a district-wide technology integration specialist before being appointed associate principal at Boynton in 2018.The ICSD Board of Education approved the appointments of Gray and Wright to their new roles on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
“The role of principal is very important for our school community,” said ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown. “Our district is fortunate to have these two internal trailblazers with the talent, experiences and passion needed to lead our buildings.”
March 20, 2020: In order to help support travel and social distancing restrictions, beginning Tuesday, March 24, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will move to only home delivery for school meals. Meal pickup locations will not be operational.ICSD staff will be at the sites on Monday to provide food and assist those who have not received notice of this change; the sites will not be staffed after Monday.
The school meals will continue to be free for all students, and any ICSD family can arrange for meal delivery by completing our online delivery request form: http://bit.ly/2U55Q5p. The form can also be found on our district website, www.ithacacityschools.org. Families should complete one form per week for all children in the household and submit the form at least 24 hours in advance.Those who do not have access to the internet, or who otherwise need assistance completing the meal delivery request form, should call 2-1-1. The call center is available 24/7 and is also locally staffed Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All meals will be delivered to homes only and will be left outside. Families should not meet the delivery person at the door. The ICSD is grateful to our staff and community for making this happen for our children.
March 13, 2020: On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Ithaca City School District announced that all schools will close effective immediately through April 12, 2020.Attached, please find a letter from Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, Board of Education President Robert Ainslie, and Board of Education Vice President Sean Eversley Bradwell announcing the closure.
February 24, 2020: Due to the number of emergency closings this school year, Friday, May 22, 2020 will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District. All schools will be in session.
February 3, 2020: Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has been selected by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (“The Council”) to receive the 2020 Appreciation Award. This annual award is given in recognition of the extraordinary efforts by members of The Council to improve public education and serve the children in New York State.This year, the Appreciation Award will be presented to two individuals, Brown and Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson of the Shenendehowa Central School District, who together established The Council’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity. As co-chairs, Brown and Robinson continue to lead the commission in its efforts to promote equity, cultural responsiveness, and inclusion in public school.
Since 2018, the ICSD has hosted the commission’s annual Diversity Symposium of Thought Leaders, a two-day national conference for educators. The commission has also conducted regional workshops in Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Long Island, Albany, New York City, and other locations throughout New York State.Brown and Robinson will be presented with the 2020 Appreciation Award on March 1, during The Council’s annual Winter Institute in Albany, N.Y. Brown, who has served as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District since 2011, is the recipient of various other awards and recognitions, including:
- 2017 New York Superintendent of the Year
- National School Board Association’s “20-to-Watch”
- 2019 Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen Award
January 28, 2020 - On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved two administrative appointments for the 2020-2021 school year. Beginning July 1, 2020, Daniel Breiman will assume the role of Administration Officer and Jeffrey Tomasik will replace Breiman as the principal of Belle Sherman Elementary School.Breiman, an Ithaca native and ICSD alum, began his career in education in 2001 as a classroom inclusion teacher in New York City and then as an inclusion specialist in Cambridge, M.A. In 2003, he moved to Houston, T.X., where he worked as an educator and school administrator for eight years, including four years as an elementary principal. Breiman returned to Ithaca in 2011, after being appointed principal of Belle Sherman Elementary School, where he currently still serves.
“For the past nine years it has been my great honor and privilege to be the principal of Belle Sherman Elementary,” said Breiman. “Seeing the growth of our students has brought me the most pride and joy. Our students are problem solvers, collaborators, and are ready to lead. I am privileged and excited to now join our Superintendent, Luvelle Brown, and other central office leaders to further support Belle Sherman, and all students in the Ithaca City School District.”In addition to holding degrees from Boston University and New York University, Breiman earned an Ed.D. in Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University in 2019. His two sons currently attend Northeast Elementary School.
Replacing Breiman as the principal of Belle Sherman Elementary will be Jeffrey Tomasik, who is now in his 20th year in the district. Tomasik joined the ICSD in 2000, serving first as an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher and then as an associate principal at DeWitt Middle School. In 2003, Tomasik was appointed principal of Northeast Elementary School. He remained at Northeast for the next 12 years, during which time the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2015, Tomasik took on his current role as principal of Boynton Middle School.“I am extremely grateful for my five years at Boynton and have learned so much working with a talented staff and incredible student body,” said Tomasik. “I am also excited to be heading back to elementary school and very much look forward to joining the Belle Sherman community in June.”
Tomasik holds degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Virginia. His wife, Jennifer Wilkie, also works for the district, serving as an instructional coach at Cayuga Heights Elementary School. Their two children both attended ICSD schools and are graduates of Ithaca High School.
September 5, 2019 - Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown announced the first cohort of students selected to be part of the Aspiring Educators Award and Program during the district’s annual Convocation on Sept. 3.The Aspiring Educators Award and Program recognizes high school students from the ICSD who show promise as future educators and educational leaders. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing teaching as a profession.
The first three students selected to participate in the Aspiring Educators Program are Ithaca High School senior Travion Brooks, and juniors Karije Henderson and Kenya Westfield.
Through the program, Brooks, Henderson and Westfield will receive mentorship opportunities with ICSD teachers and administrators, and will be included in professional development activities that expose them to the education profession.
“Increasing the number and diversity of talented individuals in the professional educator pipeline should be at the top of the list for all school districts,” said Brown. “We can do much to provide young men and women from underrepresented backgrounds the chance to experience the joys of being an educator through direct mentorship and learning opportunities.”
Following Brown’s announcement, New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) president William Miller presented the ICSD with the “Champions of Change for Kids” award, in recognition of the work being done through the Aspiring Educators Award and Program.
The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) supports the Aspiring Educators Award and Program through a special ICSD Superintendent Fund. This fund is open to tax deductible donations from community members who share Dr. Brown’s interest in encouraging local youth to consider careers in education through the Aspiring Educators Award and Program. To learn more, or to donate to the fund, visit www.ipei.org/icsd-superintendent-fund.
August 21, 2019 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) and Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations will once again mark the start of the 2019-2020 school year with a community gathering on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The third annual “Ithaca NY: Leading with Love” event will be held at Enfield Elementary School. This is a simple, non-political event that celebrates education, young people, and the power and potential of unified, loving communities. Everyone is welcome.
The event will begin at 7:15 a.m. with the community gathering and welcoming Enfield students for their first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown and Enfield principal Keith Harrington will then offer brief remarks on the importance of compassion and inclusivity. The event will conclude by 8 a.m.
“We will open our school year with conversations and emblematic examples of our loving culture,” said Brown. “This is not a political event. This is a chance to show people from near and far what Ithaca and Tompkins County value: inclusive, empowering and culturally responsive environments.”
Parking will be available at Enfield Elementary School, 20 Enfield Main Road. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the school.
For more information, contact ICSD Communications at email@example.com or (607) 274-2101, ext. 71102.
August 6, 2019 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 13 to solicit feedback on the proposed imposition of a sales tax on certain utility services. The hearing will be held in the ICSD Board Room at 400 Lake Street, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Those who wish to give testimony but who are unable to appear personally on August 13 may send their written testimony and comments to the District Clerk, either by mail (Tricia Beresford, District Clerk, 400 Lake St., Ithaca, NY 14850) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About the Proposed Utility Tax
Section 1212 of the New York State Tax Law authorizes counties, cities, and small city school districts like the ICSD to impose a sales tax on certain utilities and utility services. Almost half of the 57 small city school districts in New York currently impose such a tax, as do Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca (for a list of jurisdictions that impose these taxes, view Publication 718-R, Local Sales and Use Tax Rates on Residential Energy).Pursuant to Section 1212 of the Tax Law, small city school districts may impose a sales tax on gas, electricity, refrigeration, and steam, and related services; telephony and telegraphy and related services (except interstate and international telephony and telegraphy and related services); telephone answering and facsimile transmission (fax) services; and mobile telecommunication services provided by a home service provider. The maximum rate at which a district may impose such a tax is three percent.
The ICSD Board of Education is considering the imposition of a sales tax on utilities and utility services as an alternative option for generating revenue. The district’s ability to assess property taxes is limited each year by the New York State tax cap. Additionally, shortfalls in foundation aid paid to the district, combined with wage increases included in negotiated contracts, have necessitated that the ICSD seek out alternative revenue sources in order to sustain quality instructional programs.Unlike property taxes that disproportionately impact the district’s property owners, the utility tax would be a tax of general applicability, the burden of which would be shared by all users of utilities on an equitable basis.
Should a majority of the ICSD Board of Education vote to impose a tax on utility services after the August 13 public hearing takes place, the earliest the tax could go into effect is December 1, 2019.
Additional information on the proposed utility tax can be found on the ICSD website. If you have any questions, please contact ICSD Chief Operations Officer Amanda Verba at (607) 274-2121.
July 2, 2019 - On Tuesday, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved the appointment of Kristin Herman as the new principal of Caroline Elementary School.Herman has nearly 20 years of experience as an educator, including six with the ICSD. Since joining the district in 2013, Herman has served in multiple capacities, including middle school teacher, department leader, equity data team member and founding principal of Project Innovation, the ICSD’s fully inclusive, project-based summer school program. Most recently, Herman served as associate principal of Enfield Elementary School.
In each of her various positions, Herman has demonstrated her commitment to creating safe learning environments for students and staff, and to building meaningful relationships with families and the broader Ithaca community.“We are thrilled to welcome Kristin Herman as the instructional leader of Caroline,” said ICSD Inclusion Officer Mary Grover. “She is a talented educator, who’s bringing a palpable passion and a great deal of expertise to the position. We’re grateful to the families and staff who partnered with us throughout the selection process to ensure that we found the best leader for the Caroline community. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead for this great school.”
“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the Caroline Elementary School community as principal,” said Herman. “I have admired the work the Caroline staff has done and couldn’t be happier to join this team of dedicated educators as we support students and families. I will continue to dream big for the mighty Enfield Elementary School and the wonderful community it serves.”
June 19, 2019 - The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently named Ithaca High School a 2018-2019 Recognition School.
Recognition Schools are identified as high achieving and high progress under the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, the goals of which are to foster equity in education and expand measures for school support, school accountability and student success.
“We are taking a more holistic approach to school and student achievement under ESSA and I am excited to recognize these schools for their accomplishments and progress,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “I commend the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students for the hard work and dedication they bring each day—it is truly paying off.”
The Recognition Schools were identified as such for having high academic achievement, student growth and graduation rates, and for having made progress in English language arts (ELA) and math performance, chronic absenteeism rates and college, career and civic readiness. All of the schools have also met the federally required 95 percent participation rate in ELA and math assessments.
In total, NYSED identified 562 Recognition Schools for 2018-2019. Of those, Ithaca is one of 234 high schools and one of 280 schools located outside of New York City.
“Ithaca High School is consistently receiving state and national recognitions for academic achievements,” said Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District. “It is an honor to work and learn with the students, staff and families associated with one of our nation’s best secondary schools.”
June 6, 2019 - This week, president and chief negotiator for the Ithaca Teachers Association (ITA) Adam Piasecki signed a tentative agreement with the Ithaca City School District that will increase teacher payroll by more than 27 percent over the term of the contract.
May 22, 2019 - The results of the 2019 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 2019-2020 Annual District Budget
Proposition No. 2 Appropriation & Expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds
Proposition No. 3 Capital Improvement Bond Resolution
School Board Election
Eldred Harris, Robert Ainslie, and write-in candidate Erin Croyle, having received the highest number of votes, are confirmed as elected to the ICSD Board of Education, each for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2022.
May 22, 2019 - The preliminary results from the 2019 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) School Board Election, as of 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, are listed below. These results are subject to verification. The ICSD Board of Education will meet to certify the results tonight at 8:00 p.m.
May 21, 2019 - The preliminary results from the 2019 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Budget Vote and School Board Election, as of 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, are listed below. These results are subject to verification. The ICSD Board of Education will meet to certify the results on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m.
May 7, 2019 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will conduct its annual budget hearing and tele-town hall on Monday, May 13, 2019. The purpose of the events is to provide opportunities for the public to learn more and ask questions about the district’s proposed 2019-2020 budget.
April 29, 2019 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will engage the public in two community conversations focused on its proposed 2019 Capital Project. The purpose of the conversations is to provide opportunities for community members to learn more and ask questions about the project, prior to the May 21 referendum.
About the 2019 Capital Project
On May 21, voters will have the opportunity to authorize a $120 million, tax-neutral bond issue that would support the ICSD’s proposed 2019 Capital Project.
April 25, 2019 - Ithaca High School senior Rowan Lynch is one of only 16 students in the world to earn a perfect score on the Advanced Placement (AP) United States History Exam last May.
April 23, 2019 - Due to the number of emergency closings this year, Friday, May 24, 2019 will not be a school recess day for the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). All ICSD schools will be in session.
March 27, 2019 - Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown will be honored by the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Council with its prestigious Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen Award.
February 15, 2019 - On Saturday, February 9, the Ithaca High School Brain Team set a national record while competing in the Geneva Invitational Quizbowl Tournament in Geneva, NY.
Through nine rounds of play, the Ithaca A team, featuring seniors Isaiah Gutman and Julian Perry, junior Kaelan Imani, and freshman Rohit Lal, went undefeated and sustained an average of 631.7 points per game. This score set a new national record for highest points per game in the recorded history of high school quizbowl. The previous record of 627.3 points per game was set two years ago by a team from New York City.
After its outstanding performance at the Geneva Invitational, the Ithaca A team was named Team of the Week by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT), one of the main governing bodies of quizbowl, and qualified for national tournaments in Washington and Atlanta this spring. The Ithaca B team, comprised of senior Tony Yang, junior Patrick Yuan, and sophomore Alice Lee-Kleinberg, also qualified after finishing the weekend with eight wins and two losses.
The IHS Brain Team is currently ranked first in New York State and 15th in the nation.
November 19, 2018 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will be engaging the public over the next couple of months in community conversations focused on the upcoming capital project and the ICSD Equity Report Card. Community conversations offer students, families, staff, and community members opportunities to share visions of success for the school district and propose thoughtful improvement strategies.
Equity Report Card Community Conversations
Equity Report Card Community Conversation for students:
September 25, 2018 - Ithaca High School social studies teacher Keith Thompson is one of 38 highly accomplished U.S. teachers awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.
August 27, 2018 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD), Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), Ithaca College, the City of Ithaca, and local leaders and residents from throughout Tompkins County will mark the start of the 2018-2019 school year with a community walk from Stewart Park to Ithaca High School on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
June 26, 2018 - On June 26, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year.
June 13, 2018 - At their meeting on June 12, 2018, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved the appointment of various administrators for the 2018-2019 school year.
May 18, 2018 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) announces Deborah Ptak as the new principal at Lehman Alternative Community School. Ms. Ptak replaces Diane Carruthers, who has served as principal since 2013 and will be retiring at the end of this school year.
May 16, 2018 - The results of the 2018 budget vote and school board election listed below have been adopted by the Board of Education.
Moira Lang, Nicole LaFave, and Ann Reichlin having received the highest number of votes, respectively, are confirmed as elected to the Board of Education, each for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2021.
May 11, 2018 - Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts visited the Ithaca City School District yesterday to award two teachers with Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.
Ceremonies were held at DeWitt Middle School and Ithaca High School for Mr. Buchner and Mr. Weissburg, who each received a $5,000 stipend to be used for their continued learning and professional development.
May 4, 2018 - Due to emergency closing days this winter, school will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018.
April 23, 2018 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the sixth consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation.
About the NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
February 9, 2018 - The Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District remains firmly committed to the education, health and, well-being of ALL of our students. It is in this light that our administration made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled spring musical, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. While much has been said about the casting of the musical, this was not the reason for cancellation. Our administration’s decision was based solely upon the significant stress and divisiveness developing in our school community.
December 28, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District seeks public input on the proposed revision of charter by New Roots Charter School for the addition of a middle school program beginning in the 2018-2019 school year with approximately 60 students in grades 6-8. The revision is sought by New Roots from its authorizing agency, SUNY Charter Schools Institute (CSI).
The ICSD will conduct a public hearing on this matter on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Board Room at 400 Lake Street. The ICSD seeks oral and written comments. Written comments can be submitted to the ICSD District Clerk by email: email@example.com or by mail: District Clerk, ICSD, 400 Lake Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Please put “New Roots Charter Revision-Middle School” in the subject line. Please provide any written comments by noon (12:00 PM) on January 19, 2018.
Comments will be sent to SUNY CSI as part of the community feedback on this revision request.
Documents related to the revision application can be found and reviewed in the BoardDocs library, which is accessible via the Board of Education webpage (http://www.ithacacityschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=212).
December 21, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District is one of four New York State school districts selected to participate in the Computer Science Education (CS-EDU) Visions Research-Practice Partnership. In this project, the CSforAll Consortium, launched as a nation-wide initiative in 2016, is partnering with New York University (NYU) to support districts in planning computer science education. This partnership will help the ICSD coordinate vision, implementation, and curriculum decisions around computer science for all.
December 20, 2017 - Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has been named to the 2017 TrustED 20. The list is compiled of the 20 “top education thought leaders to consider following,” and is divided into four categories: veterans, advocates, educators, and voices.
September 19, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little has announced that the Ithaca High School Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the next induction class.
September 1, 2017 - With the beginning of a new school year, Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will host two events next week in the spirit of love, community, and moving forward.
Moving Forward: A Conversation with Dr. Luvelle Brown and Mayor Svante Myrick will be held on Tuesday, September 5 in the Emerson Suites at Ithaca College from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
August 28, 2017 - Due to new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, the price of lunches provided to students in the Ithaca City School District will increase for the 2017-2018 academic year. The changing guidelines now require the ICSD Child Nutrition Program to mandate that students be charged comparable cost to State and Federal Reimbursements. Additionally, the program is now required to incur increased cost because of the finalized “Reauthorization Act”.
“Providing healthy, affordable meals to students is our priority, and we are committed to producing quality meals from fresh ingredients,” said Agati. The Ithaca City School District Child Nutrition Program incorporates farm to school practices by purchasing fresh produce from local farmers. Additionally, the program uses these fresh ingredients to prepare plant-based recipes from scratch.
August 25, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD), in cooperation with the City of Ithaca, area clergy - led by Calvary Baptist Church and the First Congregational Church - and Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations, is marking the start of the school year with a community walk from Stewart Park to Ithaca High School.
August 18, 2017 - In the beauty of nature, celebrate the creative work of children with performance, music, puppetry and dance!
August 4, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District is excited to announce the launch of its Farm to Table Program (ICSD FTT), offered to second and third grade students from the Belle Sherman, Beverly J. Martin, Cayuga Heights, and Enfield elementary schools. The program runs from July 24 to August 18 and will pick back up in the fall as an afterschool program beginning September 6.
July 3, 2017 - Ithaca teams earned 13 top-ten finishes at the 39th annual national Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Orlando, Florida. The competition involved nearly 8,000 participants from 49 states and several countries during June 21–25.The conference offered 65 competitive events ranging from computer animation to extemporaneous speech to CO2-propelled dragster design.
DeWitt Middle School’s Jacob Yoon brought home Ithaca’s biggest prize, taking first place in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Foundations competitive event. Yoon and more than 80 other competitors were given the task of creating a two-dimensional graphic representation of an engineering part or object using Autodesk Inventor CAD software.
The high school team also won a third-place trophy in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing competitive event. Jacob Silcoff and Tilden Chao designed a smartphone projector using computer manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing and computer-controlled mills, keeping the cost at under five dollars to manufacture.
June 23, 2017 - The Joe Moresco Stadium will be closed to all use from July 5, 2017 until August 14, 2017 due to the replacement of stadium lighting, through the District’s Energy Performance Contract with TRANE. The closure includes both the Harold Porter Track and Bredbenner Field.
June 22, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) announces its participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided, without charge, to all eligible children 18 years and under.
April 4, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been awarded a three year grant at $212,000 a year to provide summer learning experiences for students. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant supports the Ithaca City School District’s Summer Farm to Table (ICSD FTT) Program that targets 135 low-income second and third grade students attending four elementary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), and their families.
The New York State Education Department Title IV Part B 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant’s purpose is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers. The grant is intended for students in activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program and offers families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education.
The summer program at Beverly J. Martin, Cayuga Heights, Enfield, and Belle Sherman elementary schools will address the need for academic enrichment, adult education, and youth development through a contextualized interdisciplinary hands-on study of food and farming. The teaching and learning practices will weave skills in reading, writing, and math with content in health, science and social studies.
The summer program in the ICSD partners Ithaca students with community organizations such as Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Food Studies Institute. Additionally, there will be family involvement incorporated into the summer sessions. ICSD students will continue their farm-to-table studies into the fall with afterschool programming funded by this grant.
April 3, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District and Tompkins County Office of Human Rights strongly object to the recent decision by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to withdraw crucial guidance that helped clarify federal legal protections for transgender students in school settings. We would like to address parents, students, teachers, and others who are rightfully concerned about what this means for them, their transgender loved ones, and our entire educational community.
Dr. Luvelle Brown
March 29, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District and the Ithaca Teachers Association are fully committed to our 6000+ thinkers having equal access to school and affirming our district’s values of diversity, equality and inclusion. Our schools are welcoming places for students for learning and growing no matter their immigration status. All students who meet age and residency per district criteria have a right to a free education in our school district. All students are welcome in a safe learning environment where they can grow, thrive, and receive any support and assistance they may need. Together we will continue to stand by all of our students and families.
March 20, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has been awarded $150,000 to improve educational outcomes for boys and young men of color. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) awarded more than $6 million in grants to 42 school districts for the Family and Community Engagement Program of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. These grants will support programs to increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness of boys and young men of color while fostering the development of effective relationships with families to promote the success of all students.
January 26, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Deputy Superintendent Dr. Matt Landahl, has accepted a Superintendent position at the Beacon City School District. Beacon, New York is located 65 miles north of New York City, and the school district is composed of 2900 students in four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.
January 11, 2017 - The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, ICSD had to, since 2014, increase the number and diversity of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that ICSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.
October 31, 2016 - Team ICSD Day is November 15. The purpose of this special day is to pay tribute to the culture of love that exists in our learning organization. On Team ICSD Day, everyone connected to the Ithaca City School District directly or indirectly is encouraged to wear cardinal and share messages about what Team ICSD means to them.
October 26, 2016 - The New York State Council of School Superintendents announced that Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown of the Ithaca City School District has been named the 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year.
“I am overjoyed,” said Dr. Brown. “This special recognition is a tribute to the exceptional efforts and accomplishments of the entire Ithaca City School District community.”
October 25, 2016 - The Ithaca City School District Board of Education members will host a press conference to make an important announcement regarding a special recognition for Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown. The announcement will be made at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at Northeast Elementary School, which is located at 425 Winthrop Drive. The press conference will begin promptly at 1 p.m. The board members, superintendent, and other participants will be available for live interviews and photographs.
October 11, 2016 - This fall, Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown will engage the community at a variety of locations on Monday evenings from October through December throughout the Ithaca City School District. Dr. Brown will conduct sessions that are one hour long, actively listening and learning with community members at a series of non-traditional venues.
October 5, 2016 - The Ithaca City School District is the recipient of the 2016 Presidential Citation Award for music. ICSD is one of two school districts honored with this distinguished award this year.
September 29, 2016 - Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown is named as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by The Center for Digital Education.
September 9, 2016 - A public hearing will be conducted at the Ithaca City School District to get input on the proposed five-year renewal of charter by New Roots Charter School to commence August 1, 2017. According to the renewal application, the school would serve about 148 students in grades 9 through 12.
August 30, 2016 - A convocation September 6 commences the 2016-2017 academic school year for 1,200 faculty and staff of the Ithaca City School District.
June 14, 2016 - An agreement was reached between the Ithaca City School District and the Ithaca Principals and Directors Association on a new collective bargaining agreement. The IPDA represents various administrative leadership positions throughout the district such as building principals, associate principals, and directors of instructional programming.
May 23, 2016 - ANNOUNCING THE CAROLINE WILDERNESS PERFORMANCE ACADEMY OPEN TO RISING SECOND-, THIRD- AND FOURTH-GRADE CAROLINE STUDENTS DEADLINE TO APPLY THURSDAY, MAY 26
May 18, 2016 - The results listed below of the 2016 budget vote and school board election have been certified by the Board of Education.
All three of the propositions have passed. Further, the results of the election to the Board of Education are
Eldred V. Harris JD, having received the highest number of votes will begin serving immediately upon taking and filing the oath of office for a term of office ending on June 30, 2019. Robert Ainslie and Bradley Grainger, having received the second and third highest number of votes, respectively, are confirmed as elected to the Board of Education - each for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2019. Nicole La Fave, having received the fourth highest number of votes, is confirmed as elected to the Board of Education for the balance of the unexpired term of office of Jen Curley, commencing May 18, 2016 and ending June 30, 2018.
May 18, 2016 - School will be closed for students Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 throughout Ithaca City School District. All school-sponsored after-school and evening activities are also cancelled.
May 13, 2016 - Bradley Grainger has been selected as a recipient of the “School Board Members of Achievement” award by the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga School Boards Association. Grainger has been a member of the Ithaca City School District Board of Education for nine years and is a candidate for a fourth term on Tuesday. He will be honored at the Central New York School Board Association’s upcoming annual dinner on Thursday, May 26 at The Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles, NY.
May 10, 2016 - The May 17 election for the Ithaca City School Board will include three nominated candidates for four openings. The budget and election mailing listed four names, one of which should have been deleted, as that person is not a resident within the school district.
April 15, 2016 - Time Warner Cable has scheduled an additional rebroadcast of the Board of Education Meeting held April 12. This meeting included the presentation by Superintendent Luvelle Brown of the proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The additional rebroadcast will be Saturday at 8:30 pm on channel 16. The regular broadcast of BOE meetings is live on Time Warner 15. Then, the rebroadcast is on Time Warner 16 the following Friday at noon and 8:30pm, and Saturday on Channel 16 at 8:30am.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: Theresa Lyczko – TCHD at 607-274-6600 and David Brown – ICSD at 607-274-2252
Tompkins County Health Department & Ithaca City School District Release Interim Reports on Lead Tests at Caroline & Enfield Schools
April 14, 2016 – The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) and the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) have been investigating lead in the drinking water in the Caroline and Enfield Elementary Schools. Elevated levels of lead were detected in the drinking water at both schools in August 2015. The ICSD turned off all consumptive-use fixtures and has been supplying certified bottled water.
April 8, 2016 - Superintendent of Ithaca City School District, Dr. Luvelle Brown will present the proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year to the Board of Education on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
The presentation by Superintendent Brown is one of several important informational opportunities to come, regarding the budget, that culminate into a community-wide vote next month. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. To learn more about the 2016-2017 budget, please visit the Board of Education Budget page of the Ithaca City School District website.
Visit the district Let’s Talk! page, and share your thoughts, questions, or concerns about the proposed 2016-2017 budget. Access the Let’s Talk! page on the ICSD website from the top menu bar on any page, then click “Contacts,” then click “Let’s Talk.” Learn more about Let’s Talk! Let’s Talk! streamlines communication, facilitating open dialogue between district leaders and the community.
The community is encouraged to attend Board of Education and Committee meetings to engage in the discussion about the budget - in addition to casting your vote! The Twitter hashtag #ICSDBOE is being used to involve district leaders and community members. The Board of Education meetings are broadcast live on Time Warner 15, and rebroadcast on Time Warner 16 the following Friday at 12:00 noon and 8:30PM, and Saturday on Channel 16 at 8:30AM. The broadcasts are also archived on the Board of Education page of the district website.
A budget hearing will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:00PM followed by Tele-Town Hall at 7:30PM. During Tele-Town Hall, the community is encouraged to ask questions and get responses in real-time. All ICSD student households will receive an invitation by phone to participate in a live conference call. The Ithaca community is invited to join the Tele-Town Hall by these methods: call in at (855)-756-7520 extension 28298# or tweet using #ICSDBOE. Participants who call in will have the option to listen only to the discussion or enter into the queue to have their questions about the budget addressed by Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, district leadership, and members of the Board of Education.
The community is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 9:00PM.
March 29, 2016 - All Ithaca High School seniors will take part in a program entitled Mad City Money during the second half of their school day on Friday, April 1. Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Alternatives Credit Union, Mad City Money is a simulation designed to let our students practice making real-life financial decisions. This program has been successful at other area schools, and will be an engaging and thought-provoking exercise with time allotted for self-reflection. During the simulation, pairs of students will receive unique life facts such as salary, occupation, spouse (in some cases), children, and more. They will then visit several "life stations" to purchase necessary items such as housing, transportation, insurance, and many other items that students may not have considered before. Their goal will be simple: live within their means! As an added bonus, students who complete all stations will be entered into drawings to receive a pair of prom tickets, IHS apparel, and more. This is a rare opportunity for the whole grade to come together. We are excited to make this a tradition at IHS. See what the excitement is about - watch an earlier Mad City Money event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvynxONrlps .
March 3, 2016 - The tentative contract agreement between the Ithaca Teachers Association (ITA) and the Ithaca City School District has been approved by a vote of the full membership of the ITA. Once approved by the Board of Education, the new contract will cover the current school year.
“The ICSD negotiating team looks forward to entering facilitated negotiations with the ITA leadership team within the next 60 days,” said Superintendent Brown. “Our goal is to work collaboratively and with the utmost transparency with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) facilitator and ITA to have a new agreement in place for the upcoming school year by June 30, 2016.”
March 3, 2016 - Ithaca City School District is ranked the 6th best school district for Teacher Support in New York State.
March 2, 2016 - The New York State Comptroller recently released a report on the findings of an audit conducted on Ithaca City School District. The report notes that ICSD administration budgeted responsibly during financially challenging times.
The audit is the product of an investigation into whether administration properly managed the school district’s fund balance from 2010 to June 30, 2015. The fund balance is the remaining money and resources a district has from prior fiscal years that is available for use to lower real property taxes for the following fiscal year.
ICSD started incurring a deficit in the fiscal year 2011-2012 when money spent by the district for operations was more than money coming into the district.
Ultimately, the district saved $3 million by decreasing staff through attrition and consolidation of positions. Other measures implemented by the district that helped include transitioning its information technology services to the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. This saved the district $664,000 from the fiscal year 2013-2014 to 2014-2015.
February 25, 2016 - Jennifer Curley resigned from the Ithaca City School District Board of Education February 24, 2016.
February 17, 2016 - Nominating petitions for the May 17, 2016 Ithaca City School Board election are now available. The three Board candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms.
February 10, 2016 - The Ithaca City School District is pleased to announce that a tentative collective bargaining agreement has been reached with the Ithaca Teachers Association. Ratification voting by the Association membership will be followed by a vote of the Board of Education. February 10, 2016 - The Ithaca City School District is pleased to announce that a tentative collective bargaining agreement has been reached with the Ithaca Teachers Association. Ratification voting by the Association membership will be followed by a vote of the Board of Education.
February 9, 2016 - The Ithaca City School District is pleased to announce that a tentative collective bargaining agreement has been reached with the Ithaca Teachers Association. Ratification voting by the Association membership will be followed by a vote of the Board of Education.
February 3, 2016 - Caroline Elementary School is recognized for its wilderness trail by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
January 8, 2016 - The Ithaca City School District seeks public input on a proposed charter revision to decrease enrollment from 200 to 160 by New Roots Charter School for a) the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and b) the 2016-2017 school year, which is the last year of the current charter term. The revision is sought by New Roots from its authorizing agency, SUNY Charter Schools Institute (CSI). New Roots has made a petition for an extension of time for consideration of its revision request.
December 14, 2015 - The Ithaca City School District is on the College Board’s sixth annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. The school district achieved this honor by increasing access to AP coursework for a broader number of students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams since 2013.
December 10, 2015 - Ithaca City School District will host a free community screening of Most Likely To Succeed December 15, 2015 at 6pm in Kulp Auditorium.
This event is free to the public. Childcare will be provided by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC).
November 16, 2015 - Ithaca City School District will host a free community screening of Most Likely To Succeed December 15, 2015 at 6pm in Kulp Auditorium. An edu-documentary, Most Likely To Succeed is a smart and engaging examination of the history of the American education system and future possibilities.
November 10, 2015 - This Thursday, November 12, 2015, Ithaca High School scholar athlete Ayla Bonniwell will sign a national letter of intent to attend Florida State University next year. She is a diver.
October 28, 2015 - The Ithaca City School District will launch a new website on November 2, 2015. The website’s design reflects the school district’s focus on keeping students, caregivers, the community, and district staff informed and engaged in two-way dialogue.
“Our web presence continues to evolve to meet the needs of our community. I am confident that stakeholders will find our new site easy to navigate, visually pleasing, and rich with valuable information. It is also important for our website to be a place that facilitates conversations as well,” said Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown.
While the website celebrates the best of what the previous website offered, it will feature:
www.IthacaCitySchools.org, the previous web address, will re-route to the new website.
About Ithaca City School District
The Ithaca City School District mission is to engage, educate, and empower. We will strive to engage all students in the importance and relevance of thinking; to educate every learner to communicate, comprehend, and collaborate for understanding; and to empower all in the ICSD to achieve academic excellence. We envision a bold community of 6,000+ Thinkers. Thinking is foundational to the development of self, society, and democracy. It is the cornerstone of all creative ideas; problem solving; scientific discoveries, innovations and social good.
Visit our website at www.ithacacityschools.org
November 19, 2015 - New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will visit the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) on Friday, Oct. 23, as part of her visit to the region to meet with various education stakeholders. While in the ICSD, Dr. Elia will tour Northeast Elementary School. The school was recognized as a New York State Reward School in August for its consistent excellence in student achievement.
Recently, the ICSD has received state and national attention for high-levels of student achievement - such as increased graduation rates, increased attendance, increased co-curricular enrollment, more students reading at or above grade level, and decreased discipline. More recognition on the state and national levels include: