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