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Zachary Ribert

Below is the schedule for the 2024 Regents Exams at Hermon-DeKalb Central School.

  • Tuesday, June 11
    • 9:45 AM FLAC B Exam Spanish
  • Wednesday, June 12
    • Local Final Exams Grades 9-12
    • 9:45 AM FLAC B Exam Spanish                
  • Thursday, June 13
    • Local Final Exams Grades 9-12
    • 9:45 AM FLAC B Exam Spanish
  • Friday, June 14
    • 8:00 AM  English Language Arts Regents Exam
    • 12:00 PM Living Environment Regents Exam
  • Tuesday,  June 18
    • 8:00 AM US History Regents Exam
    • 12:00 PM Global History Regents Exam
  • Wednesday, June 19
    • NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, June 20
    • 8:00 AM Earth Science Regents Exam
    • 12:00 PM Chemistry Regents Exam
  • Friday, June 21
    • 8:00 AM Geometry Regents Exam
  • Monday, June 24
    • 8:00 AM Algebra II Regents Exam
  • Tuesday, June 25
    • 8:00 AM Physics
  • Uniform Admission Deadline
    • 10:00 AM Morning Exam
    • 2:00 PM Afternoon Exam

Families should please contact the school with any questions you may have at 315 347-3442.
 

Zachary Ribert

On May 21, Hermon-DeKalb Central School District voters approved the district’s $14.4 million 2024-25 budget proposal, elected two board of education members and approved the purchase of one school bus and one van. The budget proposition passed 157 to 22.

District-related propositions

  • A $14,420,973 budget for the 2024-25 school year that increases spending 1.11% ($158,522) and carries a tax levy increase of 2.99%: 157 yes; 22 no
  • Purchasing one new 65-passenger school bus and one 8-passenger van at an estimated maximum cost of $250,000: 153 yes; 25 no

Board of Education Election

Five candidates sought election to two open board of education seats.

Both terms will last five years, expiring June 30, 2029:

  • Michael Mac Cue (Incumbent): 94 votes (winner)
  • Ronald Smith (Incumbent): 72 votes (winner)
  • Rebecca Fenlong 56 votes
  • Kiera Warner 56 votes
  • Dale O’Donnell 41 votes

The terms all begin July 1, 2024.

Library proposition

Hepburn Library of Hermon tax collection, in the additional amount of $30,000 for a new total of $40,000 annually: 118 yes; 58 no
 
New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ requests, to levy and collect taxes for libraries. The Hepburn Library of Hermon is a separate legal entity from the school district, with its own funding and budget.
 

Zachary Ribert

During the April 8 meeting of the Hermon-DeKalb Central School District Board of Education, members voted unanimously to once again encourage New York state lawmakers to lower the speed limit along a stretch of Route 11 near the school.

The board passed a resolution, which it previously approved for the first time in February 2020, calling for the speed limit to be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph on Route 11 for the maximum distance the state will allow in each direction from the school district’s property.

While the entrance to the school is located on the immediately adjacent East De Kalb Road, the school’s athletic fields and playground are on Route 11. Students often walk or ride bicycles on the state route to attend school or school functions. They must navigate the four-way intersection of Route 11 and East De Kalb Road, which doesn’t have sidewalks or a crosswalk.

There is a steady flow of traffic in and out of the district’s parking lots. Much of that traffic must utilize the intersection, which has been the site of numerous vehicle crashes over the years, including two fatal accidents within the last four years.

“As a district, we have been advocating for this change for two decades,” said Superintendent Mark White. “While I understand we cannot arbitrarily adjust speed limits on state roads, this change is long overdue. We would like to see every opportunity to make the road safer for our students, staff and the community in general.”

The resolution formally supports two pieces of legislation; NY State Senate Bill 2023-S8791 and NY State Assembly Bill 2023-A9514. Both measures, if passed by lawmakers in the state senate and assembly, would allow the town of DeKalb to reduce the speed limit on this portion of Route 11.

On April 10, the town of DeKalb passed its own resolution on the issue in conjunction with the Hermon-DeKalb Board of Education resolution.

“We appreciate the longstanding support we’ve received from our local lawmakers and officials on this issue,” said White. “Our sincere hope is that this time, our collective efforts will be successful in fixing this dangerous situation.”

Zachary Ribert
Image of fourteen students standing on stage together

After a brief hiatus, Hermon-DeKalb's favorite talent show has returned to the district.

HD's Got Talent was held on Wednesday, March 13, allowing students to share their many talents with their classmates! The event also serves as a fundraiser for Hermon-DeKalb's fine-arts department.

A total of 14 students participated in the talent show, putting on 11 acts.

Violet Corbine won the first place prize, Hanna Foster won second place and Allyson Deleel won third place. Honorable mentions include Harrison Trudell, AJ DeLorme and Nicole DeLorme.

Zachary Ribert

Below is a message from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, which the Hermon-DeKalb Board of Education elected to work with to select a new district leader:

The Hermon-DeKalb Central School Board of Education has selected the district’s principal as its final candidate for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

Recently, current Superintendent of Schools, Mark White, announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2024.

“It’s is no secret that Hermon-DeKalb Central School is truly a special place,” White said “I consider myself lucky to have formed such close bonds with our school community. I am truly honored to have had the privilege to lead this school district.”

Earlier this month, the board conducted preliminary interviews with three candidates, and then selected two finalists for community and stakeholder group interviews. Following the interviews, one finalist withdrew from consideration.

Ms. Foster, who has served at the district’s K-12 principal since July 2015, will present to community and stakeholder groups on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

SLL BOCES District Superintendent Thomas Burns assisted the Hermon-DeKalb board during the superintendent search process. As part of their statutory duties, BOCES district superintendents often serve as consultants during superintendent searches for school districts.

Before serving as the Hermon-DeKalb principal, Ms. Foster worked as a Reading Specialist and Pre-K teacher at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, after which she served as the Director of Migrant Education for the Research Foundation and as an adjunct professor for the Literacy Department at SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Foster received a masters and a Bachelors of Science in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and earned her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence University.