Ned DaleSuperintendent of Schools
Elba Central School
57 S Main Street PO Box 370 Elba, New York 14058-0370
585-757-9967 Fax 585-757-2713The purpose and tradition of Elba Central School District and its community
is to empower and inspire our students to be continuous learners who are challenged to succeed.
June 15, 2019
What a busy time of year! The Class of 2019 has one more day of classes on Monday and the entire school is working hard finishing off the year on a positive note. Our first grade students held their play on Tuesday and they were truly magnificent! Moving Up Day, Kindergarten Graduation are other events that I can’t wait to see! I also look forward to seeing our graduates join us at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in the auditorium for their Commencement.
Please join me in congratulating Mr. Carnevale 28 years in Elba; Mrs. Fischer 33 Years in Elba; Mrs. Hochmuth 19 years in Elba; Mrs. Schultz-28 Years in Elba; and Mrs. Stegman 33 Years in Elba. These individuals are all retiring in less than two weeks. Mrs. Karen Cusmano will be retiring at the end of December. We will miss their collective 140 years’ worth of experience and hope they know how many students they impacted during their career. To fill these big shoes, we are currently in the process of interviewing to fill more of our vacant positions. I am pleased to announce that the Board of Education approved a new Agriculture Teacher, Mrs. Tracey Dahlhaus. In addition, we have hired Ms. Katie Kress for Math, Mrs. Lisa Antsey for Special Education, Ms. Elizabeth Miller for Art, and former Elba alumni, Mr. John Hochmuth will be joining us in December for Physical Education. These talented professionals are excited to join the Elba learning community. I also anticipate communicating the next Junior Senior High School Principal at the very end of June.
It was nice to see the entire high school at Darien Lake today having fun with their friends and staff. This is an important part of school, as it is the memories and relationships that will last forever. Next week, our entire elementary school will be going to Niagara Falls to board the Maid of the Mist for the boat tour of the falls and then see numerous attractions as part of the New York State Park. Who can believe we are so close to the 8th Wonder of the World? This experience aligned perfectly with their reading around the world theme.
Within the last week, we have conducted evacuation and lockdown drills. These emergency response drills are critical to the safety of our students and staff. Each year the district is responsible for completing mandatory drills so that we may assess our plans. With the busses back on campus, I felt it was important to learn how long an evacuation would take in the event of a real emergency. I am pleased to say that we evacuated students in less than four minutes and had them on busses in about sixteen minutes. In addition, students were asked to exit the back of the bus to practice this expectation as well. With the recent bus fire in a local district, our students needed to be sure that they could get out safely.
The June newsletter will be coming out in the next week to all of your homes and I hope that you have found these community updates informative. Once again, thank you for supporting our school district. I am lucky and honored to be your Superintendent. Please feel free to reach out if you need anything by calling me or emailing me directly.