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Canandaigua City School District

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School type  Public, high school
Superintendent  Lynne Erdle
Enrollment  4,120
Mascot  Atlanta Braves
Motto  Committed to Excellence
Colors  Cerise, Grey
Established  1793
Grades  UPK-12
Number of students  4,120
Founded  1793
Faculty  323

School district  Canandaigua City School District
Headquarters  Canandaigua, New York, United States

The Canandaigua City District is a public school district in New York State, USA, that serves approximately 4,100 students in the city of Canandaigua and the town of Canandaigua and portions of the towns of Bristol, Farmington, East Bloomfield, Gorham, Hopewell and South Bristol in Ontario County, with an operating budget of $57 million (~$11,500 per student).


Map of Canandaigua City School District, NY, USA

The student-teacher ratio is 13:1(elementary), 12-13:1(middle-high school).

The District motto is "Committed to Excellence".

Lynne Erdle is the Superintendent of Schools.

Board of education

The Board of Education (BOE) consists of nine members who serve rotating 5-year terms. Elections are held each May for board members and to vote on the School District budget.

Current board members are:

  • Jeanie Grimm - President
  • Beth Thomas - Vice President
  • Cheryl Birx
  • Joseph Delforte, Jr.
  • Bill Patrowicz
  • Michelle Pedzich
  • John A. Polimenti
  • Thomas Reho
  • Ralph Undercoffler
  • Schools

    All of the District's schools have been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, making its K-12 program one of the few such fully accredited programs in New York State.

    Elementary school

  • Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School (UPK-5), Interim Principal - Dr. Julie Winston
  • Middle school

  • Canandaigua Middle School (6-8), Principal - John Arthur
  • High school

  • Canandaigua Academy (9-12), Principal - Vernon Tenney
  • Performance

    The American School Board Journal has named the District a "Magna Award" winner five times through 2006.

    The Academy’s library website was named a 2003 "International Best of the Web" site for large high schools. Students have access to each school's library from home via a 2003 NYSPRA "Award of Excellence" web site.

    The United States Department of Education awarded its highest honor, the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, to Canandaigua schools in 1986 and 1996.

    In February 2002, the school earned the designation of "International Baccalaureate World School," offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. 17 graduates received the diploma in 2007. 31 are enrolled to receive the diploma in 2014.

    In November 2007, a first-grade class at Canandaigua Primary School won a national prize for a video they created that encourages girls to pursue technology careers. They were selected first from 85 schools in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

    In January 2014, the Middle School was recognized as a New York State School of Character and later was recognized as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national agency based in Washington, DC.

    2009 Suicide

    On May 5, 2009, just after 11 a.m., a 17-year-old senior male student named Thomas Kane committed suicide while in a high school boys' bathroom. For security measures, the school went into lockdown in case it had connections to a shooting or some other incident. The gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted and is believed to be an isolated incident. Students were evacuated into the middle school, and the high school was investigated. Police found the body of Kane with a sawed-off shotgun and 30 rounds of ammunition on him and in his locker, along with improvised incendiary weapons, or molotov cocktails. This suggests that a shooting spree may have been planned by Kane but he got cold feet before doing so.


    Canandaigua City School District Wikipedia

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