The New York State Education Department has
identified the Middleburgh Central School District as a Focus
District for the 2016-17 school year based on the 2014-15 state
assessment results and the district’s graduation rate.
Middleburgh Junior/Senior High School has also been identified
as a Focus School.
What happens when a Focus School or
Focus District is identified?
When Focus Districts and Schools are
identified by the state, they must undergo an improvement
process to address factors affecting student success. MCS will
participate in the Diagnostic Tool for School and District
Review (DTSDE), which entails a review process to identify the
strengths and weaknesses of a district or school in relation to
six main areas: district leadership and capacity; school leader
practices and decision; curriculum development and support;
teacher practices and decisions; student social and emotional
developmental health; and family and community engagement. The
district will use information gathered from this process to
craft a formal improvement plan that it will begin to implement
no later than September 2016.
Can the community assist in
developing these improvement plans?
Yes. The formal improvement plans also
include feedback from parents and the school community. If you
would like to be involved in this process for Middleburgh
Junior/Senior High School, please contact Principals Lori
Petrosino and Michael Teator at (518) 827-3605. For questions
regarding the creation of the districtwide improvement plan,
please contact Superintendent Michele R. Weaver at (518)
DRAFT School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP)
DRAFT District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP)
What about Public School Choice?
In many cases, parents of students who
attend Focus Schools have the right to Public School Choice
(PSC), which allows students to transfer to a school within the
district that is not identified by the state as a Focus School.
Because Middleburgh Junior/Senior High School is the only public
school in the district for students in grades 7-12, PSC cannot
be offered to students at MCS.
Has Middleburgh Elementary School
been identified as a Focus or Priority School?
No. Middleburgh Elementary School was not
identified as a Focus or Priority School by the state.
Focus District: Identification, Requirements and Interventions
NYSED's Parent Guide to Understanding Focus District, Focus &
Priority School Identification (PDF)
NYSED's Frequently Asked Questions on Focus Districts, Focus
Schools and Priority Schools (PDF)
- Additional questions about Middleburgh's identification and
improvement plan processes may be directed to the Office of the
Superintendent at (518) 827-3625.