Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Canal hours

Effective Thursday, September 17, 2020, all locks and lift bridges on the Canal system will operate daily between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. All recreational and commercial vessel operators should plan their trips to ensure they exit the system by that time.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Students return to school

Royalton-Hartland's Dr. Stopinski said he got “choked up” when he saw school buses at the campus entrance Tuesday morning.


Percent of students remote learning

Yesterday I posed a question to Dr. Stopinski that's been asked of me quite a few times: What percentage of Roy-Hart students opted for fully remote learning? He said approximately 20%.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New playground at the Elementary School

 The playground at the elementary school is awesome. "Thank you!!" to everyone who contributed ideas, materials, money, and time to this great project!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Vanderwalker to tackle Eagle project in Gasport

Asperger Syndrome hasn't stopped young David Vanderwalker from pursuing the pinnacle of Scouting -- the Eagle Award. Under his leadership, an army of volunteers will build a pavilion at Hartland Bible Church in Gasport:


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

FMC awards scholarships

FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport, has honored two Royalton-Hartland High School graduating seniors with separate $1,000 FMC Scholarships from the local plant.

The scholarships were awarded to Abigail Ander of Gasport and Madison J. Ohol of the Town of Royalton based on their submission of a 300-word essay with the main focus on “picking an experience from your life and explaining how it has shaped you for the career you have selected.”

“FMC, a company dedicated to our local community, is proud to honor these two outstanding Roy-Hart graduates with scholarships and extends our best wishes for continued success in their future academic studies,” said Brent Sensenich, FMC Middleport plant manager.

Abigail Ander was selected and participated in Leadership for the Youth of Niagara County (LYNC) and served as a captain of the school’s varsity field hockey team and as class secretary. She will be studying nursing at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport.

Madison Ohol was a member of Roy-Hart’s varsity swim team and school band, and participated in the Niagara County Legislative Intern Program. She plans to study nursing at Niagara University.


Little Free Library in Hartland

There is a new Little Free Library on Ridge Road right next to the Branch Ranch Egg stand near the Hartland town hall complex and Tri-Town Ambulance. It is free to anyone and anyone may drop off books as well. Jordan Branch Lysols the library and the egg stand stand as well.

This library is in loving memory of Connor Callaghan who passed away in November of 2017, he was 24. Connor always had a book in his hands and he loved to read. Most conversations he had with others usually involved a book he was reading or had read. He encouraged others to read and was always suggesting a new title. Books can take you to new places and teach you new things. Read, read, read!



Monday, August 17, 2020

Watch Roy-Hart info session #1

 If you missed Dr. Stopinski's first information session, you can watch it here:


Kucko highlights Gasport post office

 If you don't follow John on Twitter, do so! Great photographer!

Re-opening information sessions

From the Superintendent's Desk

Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware, all districts were required to submit a reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The Roy-Hart plan and supporting information can be found on our website. The Board of Education and I are hopeful that this comprehensive reopening plan, which was informed by months of research, surveys, focus groups and guidance from the New York State Departments of Education and Health will meet the needs of our community. Whether it be in-person instruction, remote learning or a blended learning situation, our schools will be ready to provide safe schools and quality programs of studies for our students.

It is important to note that our desire to reopen our schools with a full set of opportunities for our students hinges on any future Governor’s Executive Order(s) and regional Department of Health guidance. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.

Due to New York State’s Phase 4 crowd limitations, I would like to invite all interested members of our school community to a “virtual presentation” of our plan and to provide an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have or to ask for clarification regarding our plan.

The meetings will take place on Monday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 18 at 8:30 a.m. They can be observed via Live Stream which can be found at the top of the District website homepage. Residents are requested to complete a questionnaire prior to the meeting with questions or to ask for clarification on the District’s reopening plan. The questionnaire will be monitored during the meetings for any incoming questions or concerns.


Dr. Hank Stopinski

Monday, August 3, 2020

EDF Renewables on WLVL

On Saturday's episode of WLVL's Business North, host Mark Oehm interviewed Kevin Campbell of EDF Renewables, the solar company looking at Hartland. You can listen to the two-part podcast here:


Child safety seat check

This month there will be 4 child safety seat checks in Erie and Niagara Counties, including one on August 29th in Gasport https://dmv.ny.gov/press-release/press-release-07-31-2020-1

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Solar project update

Here's the US&J's update on the proposed solar project in Gasport

Monday, July 27, 2020

Christmas Cupboard

The Christmas Cupboard has been canceled for 2020 due to Covid concerns. 

Superintendent's update on reopening plan

From the Superintendent's Desk

Dear Resident,

As you may be aware, on Friday, July 31 we will be submitting our reopening plan to the New York State Department of Education. Our plan will be posted on the District website and the process of implementing the plan will begin immediately. The plan is comprehensive and includes subsections such as health and safety, facilities, transportation, student nutrition, social and emotional well being, teaching, learning and more. Whether it be in-person instruction, remote learning or a blended learning situation our schools will be ready to provide a quality program of studies for our students.

It is important to note that our desire to reopen our schools with a full set of opportunities for our students hinges on any future Governor’s Executive Order(s) and regional Department of Health guidance. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.

I strongly encourage the entire community to remain vigilant in their use of personal protections -- wash your hands often, wear a face covering, maintain physical distancing and avoid close groups of people. I request that parents continue to have your children wear face masks as much as possible as we approach the new school year. Regardless of the delivery model, we will be required to have all students wear masks on the school bus and when social distancing is not practicable. The more practice our children have, especially our preschool and kindergartners, the easier it will be to transition back into school.

These are challenging times for each of us. Together we will beat COVID-19. As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out directly or follow me on Twitter @DrStopinski


Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Friday, July 24, 2020

Shop at Standish-Jones

Want to do some impactful shopping next week? Shop at Standish Jones. Not only will you support the local hardware store but you'll also support Childrens' Miracle Network Hospitals