Oneida City School District

District News


The Oneida City School District is moving to ParentSquare! We are excited to let you know that starting July 1st, ParentSquare will be replacing SchoolMessenger as the new district-wide communication/robo platform. ParentSquare, will allow Oneida to unify all parent communication from the district, schools, classrooms and school activity groups under one umbrella.

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Summer Free Lunch Program

Oneida City Schools will be offering a free summer feeding program July 6- August 12, Monday - Thursday each week at Durhamville Elementary, Willard Prior Elementary, North Broad Elementary and Otto Shortell Middle School from 12pm - 12:45pm. The meals are available free of charge to everyone under the age of 18. Meal Packs will be Breakfast and Lunch Grab and Go and will be available at the lobby entrance of the building for pick up.

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Updated Guidance for End Of Year Celebrations

Please see the Updated Interim Guidance for Pre-K to Grade 12 End of Academic Year Celebration Events, including Graduations. The June 7, 2021 update to the Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency does not apply to end of academic year celebration events, such as graduations and moving-up ceremonies, which are large, public events that occur outside the scope of in-person instruction, scholastic, and extracurricular activities.

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June 2021 Newsletter

The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the June 2021 district newsletter.

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Oneida Announces New Superintendent

The Oneida City School District Board of Education appointed Matthew Carpenter as its new Superintendent of Schools at its May 25 meeting. The Board selected Mr. Carpenter after a multi-step process and careful deliberation that included feedback from many stakeholder groups. He will join the district on July 19. Mr. Carpenter has served as the Director of Early Childhood Education for the Syracuse City School District since 2018, overseeing approximately 2,000 students in 19 school-based pre-k programs in Syracuse as well as 25 pre-k programs at community agency sites.

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CRRSA & ARPA ThoughtExchange

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act or CRRSA provided a little over 2.5 million dollars in funding to the district to offset costs caused by the pandemic and support the academic and social emotional needs of students. The American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA provided a little over 5.6 million dollars in funding to the district to provide financial relief and respond to the learning loss resulting from the pandemic.

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Positive COVID Case Update

On behalf of the Oneida City School District, we hope you and your families are remaining safe and doing your best to follow guidance regarding measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 within our community. Events have continued to unfold, and we recognize that this raises questions about potential impacts on students, families and our full community.

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Oneida Budget Passes

The Oneida City School District voters approved the 2021-2022 school budget with 282 in favor and 92 opposed. Voters also approved the bus lease proposition by a vote of 295 to 92 and the capital reserve proposition by a vote of 292 to 93. Congratulations to Dr. Gormely on his 5 year term seat with the BoE and Mr. Coakley on his 1 year term seat with the BoE. Thank you to all of the community members who took the time to vote on 5/18. We are grateful for the continued show of support!

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BoE Candidates

The Oneida City School District Board of Education has two seat openings. One seat has a 1-year term and begins May 19, 2021, and one seat has a 5-year term that begins July 1, 2021. Each candidate has the opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss some of the important issues facing the school district. ‚ÄčOn May 18th, district voters will elect two members to the Board of Education and vote on a school budget. Voting will take play at Oneida High School and Durhamville Elementary School. Everyone must wear a mast at polling locations and in school buildings.

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