OCS Seeking Help with Long Term Planning


Dear Onteora Community, at the 12/20/22 BOE meeting, the long-term planning Board Ad Hoc committee made a proposal to host three World Cafes to discuss the Onteora Central School District’s long-term plan as per the Board Goal to effectively use and develop District facilities, programs, and resources to support student learning in a fiscally responsible and educationally robust manner. We are looking to create a collaborative space where stakeholder groups can come together to have a dialogue that does the following:

  1. Encourages and promotes a focused conversation. 
  2. Values and honors the perspective that each participant brings to the conversation.
  3. Allows for an exchange of thoughts and ideas through conversation.
  4. Promotes thought and reflection as a result of the conversation.

The events will be held in the evening with the proposed dates as follows:

  1. January 31, 2023 (snow date February 2, 2023)
  2. February 28, 2023 (remote via Zoom)
  3. March 27, 2023 (snow date March 29, 2023)

The location is the Cafeteria in the MS/HS for all in-person cafes. 

The time is from 6:30-8:00 pm

The goal of the group is to have balanced representation. If there are more respondents for a particular group than are necessary, the participants will be chosen by lottery.

The Ad Hoc committee would like to have representatives from the following groups:

  1. Teachers  K-12
  2. Non-Teachers K-12
  3. Administrators
  4. Parents    K-12
  5. Students  K-12
  6. Community Members (Business, Police/Emergency, Town Supervisors, Senior Citizens/Retirees, Realtors, Town Library, groups)
  7. PTA/Booster Club

If you are interested in participating in our cafe please consider the following before filling out the survey below:

1. Commitment to participate in all three cafes.

2. Review The Baughman Report prior to the first cafe.

3. Willingness to engage with your representative stakeholder groups between cafes.

If you are interested in participating in our Cafe please complete the survey by January 19th which can be found in the link below.

Onteora Cafe Survey Link 

**** Interested participants must submit the survey by January 19th, 2023 **** 

 Thank you!

The Onteora Board Ad Hoc Long-Term Planning Committee 

Victoria McLaren

Superintendent of Schools

Onteora Central School District

4166 Rt. 28

Boiceville, NY 12412