Dear Catholic School Parents,
As my first year as President of the Catholic Schools of Broome County (CSBC) draws to a close, I am reflecting on our collective experiences and accomplishments. It has been a joy to have met so many of our parents and certainly an even greater joy to get to know better our students. I take great pleasure in seeing all of our students develop academically, socially and spiritually, as we continue the mission of our patron, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. We are fortunate this year to have received a first class relic of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton from Sister Ann Lamoreaux, which will soon be displayed in the Seton Chapel.
I began my tenure as President with an immediate focus on increasing retention and enrollment. During the past year, we have seen a dramatic increase in our retention percentage and our enrollment continues its positive upswing. This positive trend began with Mr. Bucci and continues. In preparation for the upcoming school year, several recruitment marketing campaigns have been initiated and will continue through the summer months. To further align our four schools, a new consolidated website will be launched this summer, which includes a CSBC master calendar.
School safety has understandably received increased scrutiny and review, and toward that end we have hired Officer Kevin Leska, a recently retired Binghamton Police Officer, as our School Resource Officer. Officer Leska was offered jobs at numerous schools, but chose Seton because of its reputation as a close knit community. In addition to his time spent at Seton, he will also be initiating various activities at our elementary schools. Additionally, beginning Fall 2018, a social worker will begin service to the three elementary schools and work closely with Officer Leska as needed.
In terms of our ongoing Capital Campaign: “A Shared Vision that Will Enrich Our Future,” we have already raised $2.9M of our goal of $3.2M, which is incredible and amazing! Since some of the planned projects will result in limited access to buildings, numerous infrastructure and capital improvement projects will begin this summer at all the schools, including:
- Enhancements to the main entrance to Seton
- Expansion of the existing driveway in front of Seton
- Renovations to the Seton Library and Saintly Grounds
- Classroom upgrades in all the schools
In addition to funding these capital projects, we were blessed to have received two very substantial restricted gifts with exact donor specifications:
–$200,000.00 from alum James Corgel and his wife, Christine, to provide annual scholarships for new students from under-represented backgrounds and low-income families to attend grades 9-12 at Seton.
–$200,000.00, from an anonymous donor, to be used for upgrades to the gym, athletic field and stage. The athletic field improvements are specifically intended to allow our fall and spring sports to use the field for practices so as to obviate the need for significant travel to and from our various practice sites around Broome County. Some of the specific improvements made possible by this restricted gift include:
- Complete replacement and redesign of the gym floor
- New scoreboards, shot clocks, stage and sound system upgrades
- Turf improvement and widening of the athletic field
- Exploration of potential field lighting and synthetic turf upgrade
- Installation of new retaining wall
- Protective netting at both ends of the field
Additionally, the Principals and I have undertaken an extensive review of our most pressing academic needs and identified a list of targeted areas for investment via multiple grants as well as our Capital Campaign funding. The list of academic priorities under consideration for funding includes:
- K-6 Literacy Programs
- Pre-school Program Enhancements
- K-6 Music Programs
- Services for Students with Special Needs
- Seton Performing Arts Program
- Business Program at Seton
- K-12 Theology Program Review
- Teacher Compensation
These are exciting times for the CSBC with capital investments being made to all of our schools. These capital investments position our schools for growth. Our improvements and master plan resonates to our community that we are here to stay and will continue to be a valuable and outstanding educational model in the greater Binghamton area.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the Catholic Schools of Broome County!
Elizabeth Carter, PhD
President of the Broome County Catholic Schools
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