A Message from the Superintendent

  • A Message from the Superintendent    


    April 14, 2021 


    Dear Wheatland-Chili Community,


    I want to share a few important updates with you.


    First, our plans to bring students back in-person 5-days per week are moving forward. We continue to iron out some of the finer points, but we will be fully in-person beginning next week. That means beginning Wednesday, 4/21, all Wednesdays will be in-person at both buildings. Lunch menus have been updated for the remainder of the school year.


    I know there may be some confusion on the 6-feet vs. 3-feet of social distancing in schools. Recent NYSDOH guidance allows for K-6 students to revert to 3-feet social distancing if masking is maintained.  At the middle school and high school, 3-feet social distancing is only permitted if community transmission rates are not high.  At Wheatland-Chili, our decision to bring students back full-time is not reliant on a resolution to that question. We have adequate space in our buildings to accommodate the change, even with 6-feet. With that said, our top priority is to maintain our diligence and commitment to public health guidelines that keep our students, staff, and community safe.


    Second, at our Board of Education meeting on Monday night, our Board adopted our budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The public budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 18th, and there will be multiple opportunities for public engagement before the vote. In the mail over the next few weeks, you’ll receive detailed breakdowns of the budget, our projected revenues and expenses, and plans for the future. There will also be a public Budget Hearing held on Monday, May 10th. You can view past budget presentations on our website: Click Here.


    Since we’ve received some questions about our anticipated state and federal aid, we put together a brief overview on the topic on our website: Click Here.


    Our future budget communications will go into greater detail, but I wanted to help address some of the confusion. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact me. There are also a wealth of other resources on our website and you will receive the annual Budget Newsletter in your mailbox later this month.


    Finally, the Board of Education has begun soliciting nominations for its Graduates of Excellence program, which honors Wheatland-Chili alumni who have distinguished themselves through their work, their community service and/or their outstanding character.  If you are interested in nominating a special person to be a Graduate of Excellence, you can find the application here: https://www.wheatland.k12.ny.us/domain/20.


    Thank you again for supporting our students this year.





     Lynda Quick Portrait


    Lynda Quick, Esq.

    Superintendent of School