One hundred and twelve business professionals and local community members recently attended the annual Fairport-Perinton Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Town, Village and Schools. The event opened with an hour of networking, and attendees enjoy lunch at the Burgundy Basin Inn while listening to the presentations. Hosted speakers reinforced the bond of community, earning wealth, health and enjoyment from working together. Brett Provenzano, superintendent of the Fairport Central School District, sparked the beginning of the chamber’s annual public presentations with the goals of this current school year.

The chamber aims to create a timely budget process reflecting district goals and values; develop a plan to adjust start times to align with research, fiscal resources and scheduling constraints; create and sustain curriculum that is research-based, developmentally appropriate and student-centered; and connect each student with equal access and opportunity within the school environment. The school district spring-board off of past successes includes graduating 97 percent of students, 64 percent being awarded regents diplomas with advanced designation; exceeding New York state and national Scholastic Assessment Test averages; 87 percent of Advanced Placement exam-taking students earning scores of three or higher; 90 percent of seniors going to 95 different colleges; five students named 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition semifinalists; and named top high school in New York by Newsweek. Work has begun on a districtwide space utilization study, five-year building condition survey, transportation capital project and additional capital improvements. The town of Perinton was represented by speaker Mike Barker, Perinton town supervisor. Barker spoke of growth-to-come on 1285 Fairport Road led by the ESL Federal Credit Union and Hamilton Place on Hamilton and High Street Extension, where 16 two-family units and one detached single-family structure will be built. The past year, the town enjoyed Wegmans’ growth; Aldi’s presence; and development continuing at Whitney Town Center, Creekstone, Hickory Woods, Stonebrook, The Glen at Perinton Hills, The Woodlands at Stonebrook, Basin View, Janders Run, Magnolia Manor and Summit at Woodcliff.

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