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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Principals get soaked at CES Community Fair Faculty visit University of Albany Ovarian Cancer Walk Superintendent Bob Horan speaks about Capital Project September newsletter First day of school photo Middle School roof resurfaced District calendar

Principals Get Soaked at CES Community Fair

Principals Ron Agostinoni, Jason Chevrier and James Derby shared in the fun at the Sept. 27 CES Community Fair by volunteering to get soaked with cold water. Thanks to the CES PTO and volunteers for making it such a great event once again!

District Visits Science Labs to Help Plan Capital Project

Teachers, administrators and a Board of Education member toured the University at Albany and Tech Valley High School on Sept. 25 to look at science labs and ask their faculty questions. The visits were two of many the district has made to colleges, schools and businesses over the past two years as part of the planning process for the district’s Capital Project.

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...

Conceputal plan for MS/HSUpdated Capital Project Plan for Middle/High School

The district has made changes to its conceptual design for the Capital Project after discussing its proposal with the State Education Department. The district originally proposed a 13,000-square-foot-addition on the back of the High School. However, the district decided instead to bump out some smaller classrooms by a total of approximately 5,800-square-feet to make them larger. The change reduces the cost of the Capital Project and ensures the district receives 76.6% state aid. "The new building design doesn't change our focus. We still are able to meet our goals," said Superintendent Bob Horan. "We still will have a school-within-a-school that will provide 7th and 8th graders with their own learning community and improve our science, art and music classrooms for students grades 7-12." Read more... Posted 9/29/14.

Students Organize Event to Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Research - Friday, Oct. 10

The MHS Student Council is organizing a Whipping Childhood Cancer event on Friday, Oct. 10 to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Students, faculty, staff and community members can donate money to nominate teachers or students to receive a plate of whipped cream in the face during the school pep rally. To donate, visit this website and specify the person you would like to nominate at the bottom of the webpage by clicking the “in honor or memory” section. Posted 9/22/14.

2014-15 District Calendar Available as PDF

The 2014-15 district calendar is available to download as a pdf... As in past years, the district will not be mailing the calendar to save on printing and mailing costs. If you do not have the ability to print the calendar, please visit the district office where we will print one for you. Posted 8/15/14.

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.

 

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.