Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District

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School Closings

  • With winter weather already arriving, it’s a good time for parents and students to remember how ELCS communicates weather-related announcements, including closings, delays and (potential) early dismissals.

    While snow is the reason for most school closings and delays, it’s not the only possible culprit. Especially during the winter months, the regular school schedule could be disrupted because of a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with snow: Extreme wind chills, boiler failures and water main breaks have all affected schools in upstate New York during recent winters.

    Superintendent Scott Osborne must make decisions about closing or delaying the start of the ELCS school day by 5:30 AM.  When school operates on its regular schedule, transportation personnel must report by 6:15 AM., and buses are on the road to begin their morning runs by 6:45 AM.

    "When considering the possibility of closing school or delaying its start, my top priority is always the safety of our students, the parents that may bring them to school, and our employees," Mr. Osborne said. "I consult with our transportation and buildings and grounds staff, and we look at road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of our buses and school buildings when making these decisions.  We also consult with neighboring school districts and town highway personnel."

    Once the decision is made to close school or delay the start of the school day, that information is disseminated through a variety of means:

    • The district website;

    • Our automated RoboCall system; 

    • The district Facebook page;

    • The district Twitter feed;

    • and local TV and radio stations.  ELCS does not control when radio stations publicize school closings and delays.

    Mr. Osborne recommends that all parents make sure their contact information is up-to-date in our SchoolTool system. All parents with valid email addresses and cell phone numbers in SchoolTool are able to receive email messages for closings.  When in doubt, Mr. Osborne recommends parents check the district website, www.elcsd.org, for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

    Contact our school office at 873-6371 to provide ELCS any updated contact information you may have; this allows us to better communicate with and serve you!

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ELCS Hall of Fame

Nominations are open for the new ELCS Hall of Fame.HOF
The nomination window is open NOW until March 1, 2015. Visit our Hall of Fame webpage (see link below) to obtain the nomination form, or visit the Main Office to obtain a form.

Our inaugural Hall of Fame inductions will take place as part of Graduation on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

We've had so many significant individuals make a positive impact on our school, or community, or society - nominate them today!
Contact Superintendent Scott Osborne for more information. 



Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School is a recipient of a 2014 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant from The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF).  
Faculty member Kaitlin Fielder wrote a grant proposal to the LCEF to fund the creation of a ‘green classroom’ at the school.  The grant award totals $4,900 and will assist the school to make a vision become reality.
“I’m very, very proud of Mrs. Fielder for pursuing this opportunity for our school” said Superintendent Scott Osborne.  “Creation of a Green Classroom on our school property will benefit our K-12 students and faculty, but also our entire community.  We’re surrounded by these beautiful Adirondacks, so this grant will help us create a sustainable structure for outdoor education and using our surroundings for education.”  
The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is in its 9th year of supporting schools and communities.  The program has provided over $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the country.
“We’re very fortunate to be one of those schools,” Osborne said.

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