Schodack Central School District

1216 Maple Hill Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York 12033
T: (518) 732-2297 • F: (518) 732-7710
Robert Horan, Superintendent

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Ovarian Cancer Walk Ovarian Cancer Walk September newsletter First day of school photo Middle School roof resurfaced District calendar Superintendent Bob Horan takes Ice Bucket Challenge Athletic Director Dave Austin takes Ice Bucket Challenge Assistant Superintendent Mike Bennett takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Students and Community Take Part in Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk

For the second year in a row, the girls varsity soccer team and Schodack CSD community took part in an Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk in Albany on Sept. 14 in honor of former Health teacher Jeri Puccio. The group named itself Mima's Marauders/Jeri's Kids in honor of Mrs. Puccio. Great job! Photo gallery available...

Video of Superintendent Horan Speaking About Capital Project

Superintendent Bob Horan spoke about the Capital Project at the Sept. 16 Gr. 3-5 Parents Night. At the request of parents, we have made video available here...

September Newsletter Available as PDF

A newsletter was mailed to all district residents on September 11. A .pdf of the newsletter is available here...

Photos From 1st Day of School

Thank you to the dozens of parents who sent photos of the first day of school for our community to enjoy!

Capital Project Proposition Completed On Time and Under Budget

The Capital Project proposition voters approved in May was completed by the start of the school year, on time and under budget. Over the summer, the High School was hooked to village water, 60-year-old water mains were replaced and the Middle School roof was resurfaced. “We would like to thank the village, our architects, contractors and the Board of Education who worked together to get this done in time for school,” said Matt LaClair, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. “The staff in the High School and District Office also deserves thanks for going weeks with just one bathroom to speed up the project.”

Dave Austin Named New Athletic Director

Dave Austin was named the new Athletic Director for Schodack CSD at the Aug. 21 BOE meeting. Mr. Austin succeeds Mark Bubniak, who is now the Athletic Director in Averill Park CSD. “We’re excited to have Mr. Austin as our new Athletic Director,” said Superintendent Bob Horan. “He graduated from Maple Hill and has taught and coached here. He will be an outstanding Athletic Director for our schools.” Read more...

Superintendent Horan Takes Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS

Superintendent Bob Horan accepted a challenge from Principal Ron Agostinoni by participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge to support The ALS Association on Aug. 15 (work clothes and all). Watch the video...

Girls Varsity Tennis Team Helps AD Dave Austin Take Ice Bucket Challenge

Athletic Director Dave Austin took the Ice Bucket Challenge with help from the girls varsity tennis team this summer to show support for the ALS Association. Watch the video...

Assistant Superintendent Bennett Takes Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS

Michael Bennett, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Pupil Personnel Services, completed the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer to show support for the ALS Association. Watch the video...

Conceptual drawing of HSCapital Project Community Vote Planned for Fall 2014

This fall, the Schodack CSD community will vote on a Capital Project proposal that would bring 7th and 8th graders to their own learning community in the High School and 6th grade to CES starting in 2017-18, as the district looks to repurpose the Middle School for business and community uses. “We are very excited about this project,” said Superintendent Bob Horan. “We have an opportunity to bring our Middle and High School students together in one building and create more opportunities for them by becoming more efficient. We also will create more flexible classroom spaces and modern science labs for our teachers, update our technology and improve security at both our schools.” Read more... Posted 8/18/14.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Schodack Police Department will take part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. Individuals can dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter medication from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Police Department, 1797 Columbia Turnpike. Additional information and locations available… Posted 9/15/14.

Cake decorating classRegister Now for Fall Continuing Education Classes

Interested in taking a yoga class, learning how to play guitar or practicing cake decorating with your child? Register now for one of our more than dozen Continuing Education classes offered in Schodack schools. Please note, Continuing Education is a self-funded program. Posted 9/04/14.


IT Department Recycles Over a Ton of Electronic Equipment

Over the summer, Schodack CSD’s IT department recycled over a ton of e-waste (2,627 pounds to be exact) in an environmentally friendly manner at no cost to the district. The IT department first salvaged and repurposed whatever computers and parts they could, donating some older computers to startup companies MICROrganics and OpenSource. The IT department then found a regional waste hauler who would recycle what was left at no cost. Great job! Posted 9/05/14.

Town of Schodack Assessment Project Impacts Tax Rates

The town of Schodack completed a town-wide assessment improvement project over the past few months that lowered home assessed values for many properties. As a result, homeowners will notice the tax rate has increased. However, the change in tax rate should not impact the total school taxes individuals pay. “When assessments are lowered, it impacts the tax rate,” said Monica Kim, Director of Business Support Services. “It’s important for homeowners to compare how much they paid in taxes from the previous year, not the rate.” Read more… Posted 8/15/14.

School Taxes: Questions and Answers

Question about your school tax bill? Check our School Taxes Question and Answer webpage... Posted 8/18/14.

Information on NYS Property Tax Freeze Credit Program

This fall, homeowners in Schodack CSD who qualify for New York’s STAR exemption will receive an additional state rebate check. The rebate is part of the Property Tax Freeze Credit Program created as part of this year’s New York State budget agreement. Qualified homeowners will receive the rebate because Schodack CSD’s proposed 2014-15 budget is within the state’s property tax cap. The rebate check will come from the state, not the district. A fact sheet with more information is available... Posted 8/05/14.

Interested in Hosting a Chinese Teacher?

Schodack CSD is seeking a host family for a Chinese teacher for part of the fall semester. If interested, please contact the District Office at 732-2297. Posted 8/05/14.

Transportation Department Earns 100% DOT Rating

The Schodack CSD Transportation Department received a 100% rating from the Department of Transportation this year. “A 100% DOT rating means that every bus passed its inspection on the first try, something very few districts can say they have,” said Superintendent Bob Horan. Mr. Horan credited the leadership of Transportation Supervisor Mary Mabb, the hard work of mechanics Rick Nusbaum and Dave Sager, and the prep work and reporting of possible concerns by the district’s bus drivers. Congratulations! Posted 7/01/14.