The School District
PACS Mission: Our mission is to prepare all students for a constantly changing future by providing the highest quality education in partnership with their parents, staff and community.
The Board of Education, community and staff at Pulaski Academy and Central School are committed to providing a high quality education to our students that will prepare them for higher education, meaningful work and life in the 21st Century.
Pulaski, New York is located off of Interstate Route 81 (exits 35 and 36), halfway between Syracuse and Watertown. The school system currently serves a student population of roughly 1,050 students. The Lura M. Sharp Elementary School enrolls approximately 450 students in Pre-K through Grade 5, the Middle School approximately 250 students in grades 6-8 and Pulaski High School approximately 330 students.
The staff currently includes the Superintendent, Executive Director of Academic and Instructional Excellence, Business Manager, Director of Technology, Elementary School Principal, Middle School Principal, High School Principal, four Department Chairs, 96 teachers and 90 support personnel.
The District has a strong academic program supporting students preparing to continue their education in college, students preparing to enter the workforce and students entering military service following their graduation from high school. Additionally, our District offers our students vibrant extracurricular opportunities in athletics, the arts, music, the performing arts and community service opportunities that reinforce our belief in teaching commitment to community and strength in character. The Board of Education and the professional staff believe that the best outcomes for students can be achieved by pursuing the beliefs of cooperation, high expectations, trust, success, flexibility, active learning, dynamic attitudes and proactive methods.
The intention of the District is to provide students with a well-rounded education which leads to high self-esteem, self-direction, respect for themselves and others and the acquiring of a broad knowledge base while attaining the necessary process skills to that promote lifelong learning and success.
Pulaski Academy is involved with many Oswego County CITI services. The Oswego County Teacher Center and the Oswego CITI Division of Instructional Support Services provide numerous in-service opportunities. The school district maintains a close association with the State University College at Oswego, Jefferson Community College and Onondaga Community College.
The Area and the Community
The Village of Pulaski is the hub of the Pulaski community, which is circled by the hamlets of Fernwood, Port Ontario, and Richland. Each of these population centers has churches and business establishments serving the people in the area. The Village of Pulaski has a population of 2,700, and there are considerable construction of new family homes. It attracts retirees who wish to live in a small town atmosphere and young adults who wish to raise their families in the wholesomeness of a rural community. The cost of living is moderate and homes are affordable.
The largest single employer in the district is a boiler factory. There are also a number of smaller employers, businesses and the school district which provide employment to many local residents.
The location of Pulaski makes it an attractive home for those who commute to Syracuse, Oswego, Fulton and Watertown. Institutions of higher learning are also located in these areas.
For a small rural community, Pulaski has something to offer everyone year-round. Cultural opportunities are found in the easily accessible cities and in the community. Outdoor activities of all types abound in the village or nearby.
The title of Salmon Captial is not just a publicity stunt, as witnessed by the thousands of fishermen drawn to local streams and rivers in the fall. Others are attracted to the area to camp, snowmobile, and ski.