The mission of the Red Hook Central School District shall be to develop in its students the knowledge, intellectual integrity, and social consciousness to prepare them to accept the obligations and opportunities found in a complex society. The District seeks to provide a challenging educational environment that fosters and rewards the values of respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, and community service in all its members.
Reminder: School Days Make-Up Schedule
The 2014-15 school year calendar was created with five emergency closing days included before we would have to make up days. As of the closing on February 9, 2015, we had seven emergency closings.
Therefore, the first make-up day is Monday, April 6, and school will be in session that day. The second make-up day is Friday, May 22, and school will be in session that day. Enjoy your spring break and we will see you back at school on Monday, April 6!
Capital Project Status Update
March 30, 2015
Here’s an update on the $7.5 million capital project that
was approved by the district’s voters in May 2013. As you may recall, this project included the
installation of a new system of security cameras, a district-wide phone system
replacement, district-wide wireless networking, new boilers for Mill Road, new
classroom unit ventilator air handlers (and related controls) for every
classroom at Mill Road, and other miscellaneous infrastructure
improvements. The diverse nature of
these projects has made implementation an exciting challenge for us.
To date, we have completed the installation of the new
camera system, the new Voice-Over-IP phone system, the wireless network, the
preparatory work for boiler installation, the installation of card-access door
controls at Mill Road and the expansion of the card-access systems at Linden
Avenue Middle School and Red Hook High School.
This summer will be devoted to completing the new boiler and unit
ventilator installations at Mill Road.
An exciting addition to this project is the installation of an elevator
for Mill Road Primary School. For many
years, the lack of an elevator to the second floor of this school has been a
logistical hurdle for mobility-impaired adults and students alike. We are very pleased to finally resolve this
You may begin to notice contractors working at Mill Road and
the middle school during spring recess and in the evenings of the coming
weeks. We are getting a jumpstart
on these complicated infrastructure projects by beginning portions of them now. The summer construction season is brief and can
be delayed by unexpected events. Starting
some of the work this spring may make the difference between finishing on time or
not before we begin the new school year in September.
If you have any questions or concerns about the capital
projects underway, please feel free to contact my office at (845) 758-2241 ext.
Paul Finch, Superintendent
Kudos - NAMM Foundation Recognition!
Congratulations to our students and teachers! Red Hook has been named a "Best Community for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation for the second year in a row! Just 388 school districts were so recognized in 2015, out of about 13,900 public school districts in the United States.
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