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Superintendent Sabatino Cimato Letter for Ken-Ton Community

July 10, 2020

Dear Ken-Ton Community,

It is with great pride that I write this letter during my first week as Superintendent of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District. Growing up in Ken-Ton in the 80s and 90s, I learned the value of hard work and high standards from a very young age. It is evident that these values still exist in Ken-Ton today. I am happy to be home and confident that our future is bright.

Our immediate goal is to provide the best education possible for our students in the midst of a pandemic. With this in mind, the safety of our students and staff is paramount. We are doing everything possible to plan our instruction to meet that goal while maintaining high standards and expectations of both staff and students. The educators in our school district define the very purpose for our existence in terms of student learning. They have always aligned their collective behaviors to accomplish that end. COVID-19 has been a tremendous disruption to families and schools, but it has also been the catalyst for us to demonstrate what we mean when we say “Ken-Ton Proud.” Our motto has been and will continue to be, “Do Whatever It Takes” to ensure high levels of student learning for every child. This was evident more than ever during these past several months in Ken-Ton.

Parents and staff, you are our most valuable resource. We need your continued support and commitment, becoming a stronger team than ever before. We must have the will to confront the many challenges we will be facing and the wisdom to confront them together. Unified, we will ensure our families receive the necessary supports and services from the Ken-Ton learning community. Although everyone is excited to have reached summer break, I know that the 2020-21 school year is on everyone’s mind. I want to assure you that we are working hard in Ken-Ton to prepare. We will always keep you updated on developments at the state and local levels as well as our progress on preparing for this school year as a district.

Next week, the NYS Board of Regents will be releasing guidance to school districts on school reopening for the fall. These plans will have to account for three potential models; full face-to-face attendance, full virtual attendance or a blended model that captures both face-to-face and virtual. School districts will be required to submit plans to the state by July 31st based on these three models and the guidance provided next week. Governor Cuomo will then decide and announce directives regarding fall reopening across New York State during the first week of August. We will be ready. Our reopening team has already been working, designing plans for each scenario. A famous quote from Abraham Lincoln states, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” No matter which scenario, we have a tree to chop down this fall and our team will make sure our axe is ready. We will be positioned, when given the directive by the Governor, to implement our plan accordingly.

To keep you informed, I will be sending out a weekly update entitled “Ken-Ton Weekly Connection” to our entire community every Friday. This update will be used during the school year to capture school and community events and partnerships that keep our community Ken-Ton Proud! You can sign up to receive these updates by texting the word “Superintendent” to 22828, or by going to www.ktufsd.org/superintendent. During the summer, I will also continue to update you on the planning for the school year. We appreciate your patience and your constant dedication.

Sincerely,

Sabatino Cimato
Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD
Superintendent of Schools

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