Canandaigua set to do the the can-can

That’s right – in CANandaigua, it’s all about what they can do. And this Saturday, they are doing their own version of the can-can to get people out in support of the May 15 school board budget vote.

In a community park called The Commons on Main St. (Rt. 332) students, coaches and teachers will be  singing and drawing, showing up in sports uniforms, demonstrating ecology, exhibiting technology design boards — you know, the stuff that happens in school! It’s all happening this Saturday, May 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., reports Canandaigua TA President Cheryl Birx. The local has joined with a community group “Love Your Schools” to promote the vote.  Their goal is to get people out to vote, show them the importance of school programs, and support the budget vote, which is within the maximum allowed under new tax cap rules. Click here to find out about the more recent awards and honors the district schools, students and employees have earned.

Teachers, clerical workers, and teaching assistants, among those in the 500-member union, have made half-million dollar concessions on salaries and benefits each year, three years in a row to help along the budget. With more cuts projected, some vital school  programs are being targeted for elimination in this Ontario County district.

After a march through the community at 11:45, Mayor Ellen Polimeni is set to proclaim this Saturday “Love Your Schools Day” in Canandaigua.

Students in advanced film class chose the topic of school budgets for their assignment to create a 30-second commercial — focusing on the losses that students face when programs are eliminated. Birx says the local Time Warner station is airing the commercial for free. Another student created artwork of a tree filled with apples, and each apple had a program on it (technology, art, language). The motto is “Save them before they fall!”

Student Chelsea Pietrzykowski holds the artwork she drew. She is flanked by her teacher Deb Sutherland and Cheryl Birx and Steve Holmes.

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  1. specialeducator May 10, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    It’s awesome to see students, teachers and community come together to show solidarity on an important issue like the school budget. Canandaigua should be upheld as a model for other communities to follow. It isn’t just a union matter … it’s democracy, and it takes everyone to fight the special interests and keep students and the programs that benefit them front and center.

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