The Horseheads School District is looking to make some big changes both in infrastructure and curriculum in coming years. It’s being called the Horseheads 2030.
“Education is no longer about reading writing arithmetic any longer,” Superintendent of the Horseheads School District Dr. Thomas Douglas. “It’s about reading writing arithmetic math science technology engineering and the connectedness to your community. Horseheads 2030 it’s about how we make Horseheads not in the year 2030 happen but along the path to 2030.”
A 2015 Building Condition Survey found $159 million dollars of repairs needed throughout the district which Douglas said would largely be paid for by state funding.
Though the improvements proposed in Horseheads 2030 are going to take years, he stressed that now is time to start putting a plan together.
“This is the time if the district is able to to really look at putting together the best financial package with the possible lowest potential cost for history of the district to move forward,” Douglas said.
If things go according to schedule a proposal could be put to a vote as early as October of next year.
Denis Kingsley, a Horseheads resident and former principal of Garner Road Elementary School, is concerned about is keeping up with the latest developments.
“The world is moving very quickly and things are changing rapidly,” Kingsley said. “How are you going to be able to, my word was nible, can you have buildings that are configured to be ready for all the changes are taking place in the world and in education?”
Community members agree changes are needed to keep Horseheads on the map.
“It’s a big task that people like myself, being a business owner and having kids in the school district and stuff, this is something that I want to be proud of and this is something that we need to look for in the future and keeping Horseheads relevant,” Kevin Sullivan said.
District officials said a video of the meeting should be posted on their website within a day or two for people who couldn’t attend.