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Community Update December 22, 2022

Dear NCS Community:

In the weeks since Thanksgiving, it has been an incredibly busy stretch for everyone both here at school and within our community.  It is hard to believe that in a matter of days, we will be celebrating another New Year.  This also marks the point where we approach the mid-way point of the 22-23 school year.

Our winter sports season is well underway.  Congratulations to our Modified Swim Team as they completed an undefeated season!  This is a tremendous accomplishment and I look forward to the great things these athletes can accomplish going forward.  Meanwhile, our Bowling and Basketball teams are now settling into league competition and we wish them the best when contests resume after the holidays.

In addition, it has been a pleasure watching all of our NCS music ensembles perform over the past few weeks.  From our youngest musicians to our seniors, these concerts truly put joy into the holiday season.  We are fortunate to have an outstanding music department who value student participation and engagement; thanks for all that you do to provide our students these wonderful opportunities.  With that in mind, I also continue to be impressed by the number of NCS students who are involved in multiple activities including arts, sports, and school clubs during the same season.  Without a doubt, this affords NCS students an opportunity for a well-rounded school experience that will serve them well in the future.

Lastly, I wanted to share a brief update regarding our capital project. This past week, project plans were submitted to the NYS Department of Education for final approval; this typically takes several months and project bidding will commence thereafter.  As previously shared, we have worked to narrow the scope of the project due to significant inflation costs over the past year.   This will impact some of the athletic field work that was previously scheduled as we remain committed to ensuring the project stays within the parameters supported by our community last December.  While prices remain high and conditions remain variable, we are confident that pathways exist to complete the HS Auditorium project, NES classroom work, and NES student playground as planned within the project budget and proposed timeline (2023-2024).

As always, do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.  On behalf of all of us here at NCS, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and all of the best in 2023.


Kevin Swartz
NCS Superintendent