Red Hook Central Schools

Welcome to our teaching and learning community.


Our Mission Statement
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.

Message from the Superintendent - 2016-17 Proposed School Budget
Dear Community Members:

The tax levy increase of 0.11% in our proposed 2016-2017 school budget is the lowest in more than a decade.  Based on the New York State Tax cap calculation, this small increase is good news for local taxpayers. It also presents challenges for our school district operations.

Our goal is always to maintain program, and hopefully expand, opportunities for our students.  In order to maintain program, we require revenues that keep up with expenditures (most of which are mandated in one way or another).  A 0.11% tax levy allows us to collect approximately $35,000 more in tax dollars than we did in 2015-2016.  At the same time, our expenditures often increase by several hundreds of thousands of dollars.  These increases are largely due to established contractual obligations (e.g., salary increments, health insurance, mandated retirement costs, etc.), unforeseen student-related costs (e.g. special education, homelessness, legal fees, etc.), and necessary capital improvements. 

Closing the gap between revenues and expenditures is always our greatest fiscal challenge.  This year, we were able to close the revenue/expenditure gap in the following ways: 1) New York State returned monies taken from school districts in 2008 during the economic recession; 2) a reduction in mandated retirement system costs; 3) the retirement of several long-serving employees; 4) the use of health insurance reserve funds. The combination of these four variables allows us to maintain, and in some instances, improve our program offerings.

I feel obligated to remind taxpayers that the current structure of school finance is severely flawed.  Every year, schools are placed in the fiscal position of having to bridge a structural deficit.  Put more plainly, public schools are caught between funding mandated expenditures and staying under a mandated tax cap.  This is not an enlightened approach to providing a free and appropriate public education for all.  I encourage all citizens to advocate for a more equitable and predictable approach to funding our public schools.  Our children deserve it.


Paul Finch, Superintendent

Budget Vote: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, noon to 9 pm, Mill Road 3-5 Intermediate School cafeteria. For detailed information on the proposed 2016-17 budget vote, please click here to go to that section of our website. 

Three Years Running! 
RHCSD has once again been named a "Best Community for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation.  This makes three years in a row! Thank you to our wonderful music department and our great student musicians. And, that you to the Red Hook community for all your help and support!

2015-16 School Year Calendar Changes 

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – School is in session this day due to the snow day we used on April 4, 2016.

Please mark your calendars accordingly.  

Policies for All Employees for 2015-16 School Year

In its continued commitment to reducing paper consumption and making resources available in electronic format, the district is making the following policies for employees available in PDF format. Staff are expected to review these documents before signing the required acknowledgement form and submitting it to their building's main office secretary.  If you have any questions about the policies, please contact the District Clerk Elena Maskell at 845-758-2241 ext. 55010. To open the policy, click on its name.




  • Familiar Faces Join the Ranks of RHCSD Staff


    staff Recently, we transitioned the team of Occupational and Physical Therapists from contractor status to district employees. Among the several reasons for this change in status was the benefit for district staff and students in establishing longer-term relationships with these valued professionals. Additionally, the district felt the transition would help it to meet its obligations under the Affordable Care Act. We are pleased to acknowledge Sarah Shea (PT), Margaret Mary Cayea (PT), Stacie Totman (OT), Alicia Mattson (OT), and Christa Holberg (OT) as an integral part of our teaching and learning community!
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  • RoboRaiders Robotics Team For the Win!
    rhhs robotics team The Red Hook RoboRaiders Robotics Team took Albany by storm Saturday, January 16, in the Capital Region Qualifying tournament.  The RoboRaiders were the only undefeated team in the tournament, and placed first at the end of a grueling six-hour day of matches, ending as the Winning Alliance Captain.
    The team also won the First Place INSPIRE Award for best overall team, Second Place Control Award for the autonomous programming of the robot, and Third Place Design Award for the CAD model of the robot.
    Coaches Dwane Decker and Yvonne Pierce are proud of how far the students in RoboRaiders have come over the past four years, and wish to thank everyone involved in supporting the team and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in our schools. 
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  • MySchoolBucks Parent Portal
    The Food Services Department encourages parents to use mySchoolBucks, a convenient and secure online payment and parent information portal for cafeteria purchases. For more information, visit the Food Services' website.
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    Virtual Backpack
    Click on the backpack to be redirected to the school district's virtual backpack full of information for students and their families. You will find school events, lunch menus, newsletters, community events and more in the virtual backpack! 
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  • Closing/Delay/Emergency Information
    School delays, cancellations and changes in dismissal times will be posted on the district website and its Twitter feed @rhcsd, recorded on the message center (845-758-2241) and shared with area television and radio stations. Parents are advised to keep emergency contact information current by notifying the main office of your child's school if phone numbers or email addresses change. 

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