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Altmar-Parish Williamstown CSD Board of Education Goals

The Vision of the APW School District, as adopted by the APW Board of Education is:
Academics at its Best!  Pursuit of Excellence!  Where Students come First!

The Mission of the Board of Education is the improvement of student achievement through the development and implementation of  processes which will provide an opportunity for the involvement of all stakeholders.  To fulfill this mission the  Board has developed the following goals for 2016-2017.

Goal:  The Board will ensure growth and academic achievement by:  
  1. Supporting the Superintendent's building and district goals.
  2. Funding academic priorities such as:
  • Increased services to students
  • Increased Career and Technical Offerings for Students
  • Enrichment and AP/ College
  • Staff professional development offerings
  • Extended school day / school year opportunities
Goal: The Board will create and implement an effective communication with:  
  • Board Members:  Agree to a board evluation tool (self-assessment tool) with metrics by October 30, 2016.
  • Parents: Ensure that the district is represented at PTSA meetings and conduct a survey of parents by June 2017 on district-wide initiatives.
  • Community Members: Hold 8 Coffee & Conversations throughout the 2016-2017 school year that will also be attended by a member of the Board of Education.
  • Staff: BOE to hold Staff Appreciation & Welcome Back picnic in September; BOE President to address staff on Opening Day; Seek feedback on improvments to culture and climate by conducting a survey in October and then again in June.
  • Superintendent: Hold monthly leadership meetings with the board officers and one additional member of the board.
  • Students: Survey students P-12 regarding academic programming, athletic offerings and school culture in October and June of the 2016-2017 school year; Encourage students to attend BOE meetings by celebrating student accomplishments; Create an Ex-Officio Student member of the School Board.
Goal: The Board will be fiscally responsible by maintaining the financial strength of the District which will allow the Board to offer maximized programming for all students:  
  • Add additional core, enrichment, athletic and ESD/ESY programming for students in the 2017-2018 budget;
  • End the 2016-2017 school year within the defined budget;
  • Have no material findings in the 2016-2017 external audit;
  • Adopt a budget for the 2017-2018 school year with a 0% or less tax levy increase.
Goal: The Board will support a positive and rigorous culture of student learning by appointing highly qualified and motivated staff by:  
  • Celebrating accomplishments of all staff at each month's board meeting and publicize those celebrations on the District website;
  • Creating and funding opportunities that increase district-wide events that build positive staff and relationships;
  • Being visible and positive at district-wide events;
  • Conducting and publishing a report both qualitative and quantitative at the end of 2016-2017 school year that includes surveys, focus groups, and analysis based on the O'Neill study done in 2014.

Mr. Eric Knuth, Superintendent

639 County Route 22
P.O. Box 97
Parish, NY 13131