Resolution J187-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Big Cross Street Elementary School in Glens Falls, New York



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Big Cross
Street Elementary School in Glens Falls, New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  institutions  of  commitment and high achievement whose purpose
and endeavor have been dedicated to the pursuit  of  excellence  in  the
education of the children of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 100th Anni-
versary  of Big Cross Street Elementary School in Glens Falls, New York;
  WHEREAS, The mission of the Glens Falls City  School  District  is  to
provide a safe, positive and stimulating environment -- one that fosters
self-growth, a passion for continuous learning, confidence and the abil-
ity  to  succeed  in a changing world; the District also promotes excel-
lence through high expectations and  evolving  standards  for  students,
staff,  parents  and the community; in addition, the primary focus is to
reach one's personal best while respecting each person's  individuality;
  WHEREAS,  In  the spring of 1911, the Glens Falls City School District
Board of Education and Superintendent  Elbert  W.  Griffith  decided  to
construct  a  three-room  school on Big Cross Street; Miss Ruth V. Riley
served as the first Principal of Big Cross Street Elementary School when
it opened in the fall of 1912; and
  WHEREAS, Miss Riley also  taught  first  grade  at  Big  Cross  Street
Elementary  School;  two  other  teachers  were  employed  at the school
including Mary E. Mead and Grace M. Rice, who taught  first  and  second
grades, and third and fourth grades, respectively; and
  WHEREAS,  The  schools of a community reflect the character and values
of that community; the residents, school officials, parents, faculty and
students of Big Cross Street Elementary School may, on the  occasion  of
its  100th  Anniversary,  take  just  pride in its history of quality in
leadership, teaching, achievement and community support; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout its history, Big Cross  Street  Elementary  School
has  expanded  its  facilities  and enrollment; ground was broken in the
spring of 1997 for a new multimedia center (a new  library  adjoining  a
computer  lab),  five  new classrooms and an extension to the gym, along
with many updated mechanical improvements; in the early 2000s,  the  Big
Cross  PTA raised funds to build the new playground, which is in current
use today; and
  WHEREAS, Having attended Big  Cross  Street  Elementary  School  as  a
child,  Ms. Debbie Hall has ably served as its Principal since 2008; she
currently leads 53 faculty  and  staff  members  who  serve  nearly  250
students in grades K-4; and
  WHEREAS,  Big  Cross  Street Elementary School is proudly aware of its
distinguished past; eager to fulfill its commitment to parents, students
and community; and planning with vision and  purpose  for  the  ebb  and
swell  of growth and change it will encounter in the years to come; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor and commend Big Cross Street Elementary School upon the auspicious
occasion of its 100th Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Debbie  Hall,  Principal of the Big Cross Street Elementary
School in Glens Falls, New York.


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