Voice Recognition

Superintendent/Administration

Welcome to the Chenango Forks Central School District! The school district is located in a growing, dynamic community in Broome County that blends the excitement of change with the assurance of tradition. Our district is comprised of one main campus with a connected high school and middle school and an adjacent elementary school a few hundred yards away.

Chenango Forks is a community growing in diversity. People, cultures and ideas are changing with each new school year. Its demographics now include populations from all parts of the world and our ELL offerings are growing every year. The district provides an extensive number of interscholastic athletic programs and extracurricular activities as well as a complete range of academic coursework to our student population of approximately 1,600 (pre-K through grade 12). All of the K-12 curricula is based upon the New York State Common Core Learning Standards and is aligned with the NYS Grades 3-8 Assessment Program and the NYS Grades 9-12 Regents Examination Program. Several electives developed by members of the Chenango Forks Central School District faculty are available for local credit as well. We also partner with SUNY Broome, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Albany to offer our students a variety of college level courses.
 
The high school opened its brand new STEAM Academy in January of 2018 and has since been on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary, co-taught, project based learning that also has a strong connection to dozens of local businesses that act as sites for student internships, the only certified Work Based Learning High School in Central New York.
 
Thank you for visiting the School District's website and for your genuine support and trust in Chenango Forks, a community where learning excels.  

Superintendent of Schools


Superintendent of Schools
 Thomas Burkhardt
email: [email protected] 
  phone: 607-648-7543

Greeting Chenango Forks Community,
 
I could not think of a more exciting time to be beginning my time as the superintendent of Chenango Forks!  It is very encouraging to see students successfully transition back to in-person instruction.  Seeing students active in sports, music and other extracurricular activities outside of the school day has been exhilarating. In the past few weeks we have been fortunate to celebrate homecoming with some festive elementary and secondary pep rallies. The Blue Devils spirit is certainly infectious, and the warm welcome I received at these events has certainly made me feel at home. More recently, seeing students in the hallways celebrating Halloween and other back to school events has been so fun for both our students and staff.
 
As we move forward together as an educational community, I am looking forward to working with all of our stakeholders to accomplish some important milestones including our continued progress towards our mission of providing, “a community where learners excel.”  The community's feedback and support will be instrumental with setting future goals both immediate and long-term.  Some of our more immediate goals include:
 
  • Returning to a sense of normal in schools while also keeping students safe and adhering to county and state Department of Health guidance.
  • Addressing learning loss of students and their social and emotional well-being.
  • Upgrading and updating the facilities in our buildings to provide the best opportunities for our students and community.
  • Accomplish all of this while being fiscally responsible to ensure that our district will be successful for years to come.
 
I want to thank the Board of Education and Community again for this opportunity and for welcoming me with open arms to this amazing community. I already feel at home in Forks Nation and I am very optimistic about our future.  Thank you for supporting our students and programs.
 
-Go Blue Devils!
 
Sincerely,
 
Tom Burkhardt, Superintendent of Schools

Assistant Superintendent

Lori Pourby returned to the Chenango Forks Central School District in 2021 to serve as Assistant Superintendent. She previously served in administrative positions at the Sidney and Chenango Valley Central School Districts following a 26-year career at Chenango Forks.
 
While at Chenango Forks, she held a variety of roles including third-grade teacher, professional development math coach, primary principal, middle school principal and director of curriculum.
 
Before returning to Chenango Forks, Lori spent two years at the Sidney Central School District as the junior/senior high school principal for grades 7-12 and a year at Chenango Valley as an interim building administrator.
 
She received her bachelors in elementary and early secondary education (with an English 7-9 extension) from SUNY Cortland, where she also earned her master’s degree in reading. She holds a CAS in building and district leadership and is a graduate of the New York State Superintendent Development Program.
 
She and her husband Mike, who teaches science at the Binghamton City School District, are CF residents and have three daughters.

Phone: 607-648-7543


Director of Special Education

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Trish Kuhl is the Director of Special Education for the Chenango Forks Central School District.  Before coming to Chenango Forks, Mrs. Kuhl served as a Special Education Teacher in Maine-Endwell for eighteen years.  She taught across all services of the special education continuum and also across numerous grade levels. In 1999, Mrs. Kuhl began the first inclusion program in her former district, and she remains passionate about co-teaching and collaboration between general and special education teachers. Prior to moving to New York, she was a Special Education Teacher and English Teacher in New Jersey.

Mrs. Kuhl received her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from The College of New Jersey and an advanced certificate in Special Education from Montclair State University. She received a Master of Science in Special Education from Binghamton University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Cortland. She holds certification in Special Education, English Education, Building and District Leadership.

Mrs. Kuhl is married and has three children.

 
Contact: 607-648-7589 
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