Wayne Central School District
The Wayne Central School District is a public school district in New York State that serves approximately 2200 students in portions of the towns of Macedon, Ontario, Walworth and Williamson in Wayne County and portions of the towns of Penfield and Webster in Monroe County, with an operating budget of $44 million (≈$17,500 per student). Its schools have been recognized several times by the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York's newspaper) as being in the top 10 of all schools in the Rochester area. The graduation rate is 95% of students receiving a Regents diploma, with 90% of those going on to college.
The Wayne Central School District was formed on April 29, 1949, as the consolidation of 19 rural and 2 union free districts in portions of the towns of Macedon, Ontario, Walworth and Williamson in Wayne County and Penfield and Webster in Monroe County. In 1972, a portion of the district in the southwest became part of the then-new Gananda Central School District.
The District motto is "Commitment to Excellence".
Dr. Mathis Calvin III is the Superintendent of Schools.
At the November 16th, 2016 meeting, the Board of Education voted to close Freewill Elementary School and reconfigure the remaining grades into K-2 at Ontario Primary, 3-4 at Ontario Elementary, 5-8 at the Middle School, and 9-12 at the High School. The Board cited a prolonged period of declining enrollment in the district as well as looming financial pressures as reasons for the closure of Freewill. Due to the large drop in enrollment, the closure of Freewill was not expected to affect existing class sizes as the district would take advantage of previously underutilized space in the remaining elementary schools to accommodate the students from Freewill.
Board of education
The Board of Education (BOE) consists of nine members who serve rotating three-year terms. Elections are held each May for board members and to vote on the School District budget.
Current board members are:
- President: Tim Reynolds
- Vice President: Philip McTigue
- Carla Boerman
- Jeremy Eaton
- Dennis Landry
- Ron Miller
- Pamela Pendleton
- Matt Prinsen
- Kerry Whitman
- Freewill Elementary School (grades K-5, 270 students), Principal – Donna Rizzo (permanently closing at the end of the 2016/17 school year)
- Ontario Primary School (grades K-2, 340 students), Principal – Pamela Tatro
- Ontario Elementary School (grades 3-5, 360 students), Principal – Holly Y. Armitage
- Thomas C. Armstrong Middle School (grades 6-8, 530 students), Principal – Derek DeMass
- James A. Beneway High School (grades 9-12, 730 students) Principal – Michael Pullen