By Robert L. Chakar, Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent

The Board of Education has been working diligently to prepare a school budget which will stay within the tax levy threshold of 2.24%. That said, the Board has proposed a tax levy increase of 2.24%, which is at the legal limit under a simple majority vote. The Board is also managing increases in mandated costs such as salaries and related costs.

The public hearing on the budget will take place at 7 on Thursday, May 3rd in the Distance Learning Classroom. Voting on the budget, a Board of Education member, as well as a proposition to purchase a new 30 passenger school bus, will take place on Tuesday, May 15th  from noon – 8 pm in the Fitness Room.

Andes Central School would like to invite any Andes resident over the age of 55 to come to our “NYSSMA Night” on Thursday, May 10th, at 6 pm. NYSSMA stands for New York State School Music Association. Each spring they hold the NYSSMA Festival where high school students perform solos or ensembles in front of an adjudicator and receive a grade. We would like to hold our “NYSSMA Night” to give our students a chance to perform for their parents and our Senior Citizens before they perform in front of the judge. We will be providing dessert, coffee and music. This is another way we want to thank our Senior Citizens for all their support in the past. Please join us for what we hope will be a very enjoyable evening. All we ask is that you call the school at 676-3166 and let us know you will be coming.

ACS Class of 2018 enjoying time in the Bahamas

The Class of 2018 has worked hard over the last several years to raise money for their senior trip. During Spring break, they were able to go on a cruise to the Bahamas for a week, with chaperones Dr. Chakar and Mrs. Ennist. They would like to thank everyone who has supported them over the years to help make this trip a reality.

The ACS Travel Club making a difference in Houston

The Travel Club also traveled over Spring break with chaperones Mr. Rhone and Mr. & Mrs. Little. They went to Houston, Texas to help with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last fall. While there they worked for HKAP, an organization of local people from Kingwood, Texas, helping neighbors. They helped one neighbor build a new front porch, did some yard clean up and helped install a shower surround for another neighbor. They also spent one morning at St. Vincent’s of the Houston Food Bank passing out food baskets, and a day at the Artist’s Boat, a marsh preserve in Galveston, planting marsh grasses to help reclaim the overgrazed land. They also visited Space Center Houston, the Houston Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium. They would like to thank all who supported them at their chili dinner, the O’Connor Foundation for their matching grant and the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi for their generous donation. ACS is proud of our students who used their time to help others in need.~