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.
2015/16 Budget Vote Results
Thank you, Red Hook community for your support of the 2015/16 school year budget! Voting results are as follows: budget passed with 752 yes; 299 no votes. Bus purchase passed with 758 yes; 298 no votes. Incumbent Board of Education trustee Ed Mercier was re-elected. Funding for Red Hook Public Library passed with 729 yes; 321 no votes. Student member on the Board of Education passed with 813 yes; 237 no votes.
Wanted: Two At-Large Community representatives for the District Leadership Team. Interested community members should email Paul Finch at email@example.com
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. The second make-up day is Friday, May 22, and school will be in session that day.
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
Congratulations to the RHHS Students for Film Awards
On May 6, the students from the Intro to Broadcast TV Class at Red Hook High School showed their film “Canted Love” as part of a film fest in New York City. The students' film won
both the “Best Graphics" and “Best Use of Cinematic Technique” awards. The film was
also nominated for "Best Camera Work" and "Best
Effects." There were 30 films submitted from high school throughout New York
State. Congratulations, students and teacher Mr. Fitzmaurice!
Model United Nations Club Shines
in the Model United Nations club participated in the Cornell Model UN
Conference on April 17-18 Red Hook received the Outstanding
Small Delegation Award, an honor given to only one delegation at the
conference. In addition, Templeton Kay won Best Delegate in his committee, Evan
Torrisi received an Honorable Mention Award and both Isabel Vazquez and Shane
Digan received verbal commendations. Congratulations to all. We are
very proud of you!
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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