Superintendent of Schools
Secretary: Ms. Laurie Coccionitti
December 11, 2019 edition of the Amherst Bee
Active Participation Guides the Future of the Williamsville CSD
Take a closer look at the schools in any community in the United States and you will begin to understand the priorities and spirit of the place. That’s because schools are, in most cases, a collaborative enterprise: teachers, parents, community members, and elected and appointed leaders in healthy systems all work together to meet a community’s expectations. And when you lean in, you learn a lot about what a community values and how it translates to the future for the youngest generation and our world.
If someone outside Williamsville looked closely at our schools today, they would be immediately aware of the active participation of our residents in the future of our district. Since school began in September we have enjoyed significant community participation in our Strategic Planning process through the submission of surveys and direct dialogue in focus group conversations.
Strategic Planning may sound dry, but it is absolutely a reflection of what our community expects from its schools. And frankly, we can’t do it without our residents and employees. While there will always be core concepts and a knowledge base that our schools use as a foundation for teaching and learning, the world has changed dramatically in the 25 years since the last strategic plan was developed. In 1994 we were only just beginning to see the impacts of the technology revolution and the world – politically, socially, scientifically– was very different from today. In other words, upheaval necessarily inspires reflection, which inspires change. We are grateful for our community’s participation and look forward to development of the new plan.
In January we will begin our budget planning process for the 2020-21 school year. While budget management is a year-round proposition, this is the time of year in which we engage in public dialogue about our district’s spending priorities and how they translate into real-world impacts for our students and staff. It is also the time in which our state’s elected leaders begin their own budget deliberation process, which often has a direct impact on the way in which we create local priorities. Our concern this year centers on early reports about a sizable projected state budget deficit and whether this will manifest itself into state aid impacts. As always, we are also closely eyeing any legislation that could impact our schools.
Our ongoing prioritization of school safety has taken a variety of forms in this school year, and when we discuss it with parents and staff, we focus on two primary areas: school culture and practices, and physical security. We emphasize – as research supports – the value of student social-emotional connections through wellness practices, keen observation, and encouragement of open dialogue. Our physical structures must complement the culture, and as a result, our architects and security consultants have been developing plans to reconfigure school entrances, among related efforts. We expect a security plan project to be formally offered to voters in May.
A late Thanksgiving this year means a shorter run-up to the Winter Recess (our kids are excited!). On behalf of the Board of Education, I wish you and your families the best in this holiday season.
Bio-Brief: Dr. Scott G. Martzloff began his tenure as Superintendent of Schools for the Williamsville Central School District on August 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment in Williamsville, the Rochester (NY) native was the superintendent of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, a rural district in Genesee County, for two years. Dr. Martzloff also worked eight years for the Rochester City School District, a large urban district with over 32,000 students, where he was an administrator for operations and served as a high school assistant principal. He began his career as a special education teacher in the Rush-Henrietta CSD located in suburban Rochester where he also served as an assistant principal.
Dr. Martzloff received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. He received a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester and holds permanent certification as a school district administrator in New York State.