Foreword, Philosophy, Mission
Contained herein are the policy statements formulated by the Board of Education of the Massena Central School District.
Policy is defined as a basic plan of action. It establishes limits within which freedom of judgment can be exercised.
Policy is a governing principle of management. It is a statement that has an effect on the interests of those who come under its jurisdiction. A policy may originate from the constitution, from statute, from local determinations and/or from customary patterns of formal behavior.
Policy should accomplish the following:
- State a position taken by the District;
- Grant the authority to act;
- Be sufficiently detailed to give adequate direction;
- Be achievable within the real environment of the school and community;
- Provide for impartial procedures.
In addition to the adopted policies, the operation of the School District is governed by and subject to all applicable Laws, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Civil Service requirements, Board of Education Resolutions, School Administrative Regulations and Contracts of Agreement.
If any part of this manual is made invalid by judicial decision or legislative or administrative enactment, all other parts shall remain in full effect unless and until they are amended or repealed by the Board of Education. The official record of the adoption, amendment, or repeal of the by-laws and policies of the Massena Central School District shall be the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Education.
The Board of Education, each year, readopts all policies at the Reorganizational Meeting.
The Massena Central School District has the philosophy that every student deserves an educational program that is designed to meet and to challenge particular academic needs and student interests, and that results in preparation for further education and/or productive work.
Recognizing the uniqueness of each student, the Massena Central School District pledges to foster a desire for excellence that will help the student achieve full potential, with primary emphasis on excellence in the basic skills of reading, writing, arithmetic and oral communication. The District will continually encourage programs designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the American heritage, and to prepare them to deal effectively and competently with changes in American society.
Through continuous self-evaluation, the Massena School District will refine its practices, methods, programs, materials and philosophies to reflect the societal needs of the day. In all instances, variations will be in accord with the best educational practices.
Tomorrow's citizens are in today's classrooms. How they fare as citizens in the American society, however, is a joint responsibility of the school, the family and the community. The responsibilities traditionally fulfilled by the home and the church, for the preparation of our future leaders, should not be forced upon the School District alone.
With the establishment of these common goals and the continued effort to achieve them, the basic purpose of the school will be served.
The purpose of the Massena Central School District is to educate students, promote self-esteem, and develop a sense of personal accountability and achievement.
Our students will possess the skills needed to become contributing members of society, who respect individual differences and who are committed to excellence.
Massena Central Schools will provide a comprehensive, integrated curriculum delivered in a nurturing and orderly environment by a qualified staff who believes that all children can learn.