This is a very exciting time for everyone in our learning community. Your hard work and commitment has paid off. I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. I know you will make your alma mater proud. I would also like to thank your families for their partnership with us in your education and add a special acknowledgement to the Board of Education, administration, faculty, and staff who have supported you along the way. Each of you is well prepared to face the future — whatever that may be. So, never doubt yourself. Never stop working hard. Never stop caring about others. And, never stop learning. Class of 2018, go make great things happen — we believe in you!
Thank you to the Byron-Bergen School community for supporting the school budget for the 2018-19 school year, and congratulations to our elected Board of Education members — Debra List and William Forsyth. Our community had one of the highest voter turnouts among the Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston County school districts. With more than 570 voters and 448 YES votes, our budget passed with 78 percent. Across New York State voter turnout was low. However, in Byron-Bergen, vote day was a day of art shows, a science fair, a concert, and a chicken barbecue. With the work of our students on display and a strong turnout at the polls, our community proved that this is not a typical community.
The 2017-18 school year was a focused commitment to quality. We had a record number of individual scholar-athletes and 10 sports teams that received the NYS Scholar Athletic Award. We won three Section V titles and five League Championships. A number of students were selected to GWMEA All-County music programs, and the musical “Carnival” was outstanding. At the Elementary School, we were ranked in the top five of the Genesee Region for Academic Achievement. We had the largest participation in the area at the Genesee Valley Regional Storytelling Competition. Byron-Bergen students impacted Western New York by partnering with “Luggage with Hope of WNY” by collecting and donating 137 backpacks, duffle bags, and suitcases for children who have been orphaned or placed in foster care. These types of activities teach our children just how big an impact they can have on others. Again, Byron-Bergen is not the typical school, faculty, staff, students, or community!
In closing, I want to thank our Byron-Bergen learning community for honoring the importance of public education. On behalf of the Board of Education, I wish you all a safe and relaxing summer and remember, once a Byron-Bergen Bee — always a Byron-Bergen Bee!