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.
Emergency Closing Days: An Update
The 2013-2014 school year calendar was designed to include five emergency closing days before students would have to make up days. On February 13, 2014, we used our fifth emergency closing day. Therefore, students and faculty have no remaining emergency closing days and make-ups will be required if any additional emergency closing days occur. The make-up dates are in the following order: April 21, May 23, April 14.
State Aid Outlook 2014-2015
Dear Community Members:
I would like to update you on State Aid projections for our school district for the 2014-15 school year. These projections are important because State Aid represents approximately 30 percent of our total annual revenue. Even seemingly reasonable increases in aid can have detrimental impacts on school programs.
Governor Cuomo recently announced a 3.8 percent increase to State Aid. This statistic reflects a statewide figure and does not necessarily reflect the experiences of individual school districts. The Governor’s proposal for Red Hook is estimated at 2.28 percent or $335,651.00. Estimated is the key word. Experience teaches us that many of the initial estimates are overstated and the actual amount received will likely be less.
A 2.28 percent increase may sound like a reasonable number. Consider, however, the fact that underfunded state mandates create annual upward growth in expenditures in the four to six percent range. Next, overlay the state-imposed tax cap mechanisms that limit our ability to raise revenue. As a result, we are left with two alternatives: reducing opportunities for students in the coming school year and/or further weakening our balance sheet (to the long-term detriment of the students). At present, we have a bias toward remaining under the tax cap and preserving programmatic opportunities for students. Therefore, we will likely realize a weakening of our overall fiscal position.
Our elected officials like to play on both sides of the issues by touting a seemingly generous increase in aid while doing nothing meaningful to help school leaders control expenditures caused by their mandates. At a minimum, aid should keep pace with the expenditures they create.
Paul Finch, Superintendent
**To view the January 14, 2014 State of the Schools Presentation by Superintendent Finch please click here.
Parent University - March 8, 8:30 am to noon
We are excited to announce RHCSD's first-ever Parent University, March 8, 2014, at the high school. For Workshop Descriptions, click
HERE, (para español, haga clic aqua). Attendees who Pre-registered will receive their class schedule Saturday morning. Please pick up your schedule at the Pre-registration in the Main Lobby. Walk-in registration will be available tomorrow morning for only those workshops that still have seats available.
Interested in Receiving Text Message Alerts from the School District?
If you are not already receiving text messages from Red Hook schools but would like to, here's what you need to do:
1. Make sure your student's school office has a current cell phone number on file for you in your parent/guardian contact file.
2. Enter the short code of 68453 in the recipient field or the "to" field of your text message, and the word "OPTIN" in the message body. If this step fails, you need to confirm that you have short codes enabled on your cell phone. If you need assistance with this step, you must contact your cell phone provider. The school district cannot assist you with changing your cell phone settings.
3. Assuming your cell phone number is already on file with us and you have short codes enabled on your cell phone, you are all set to receive text message alerts from the school district. (Please be advised that this service is voluntary and that the school district does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages.)
Registering a New Student
If you would like to register a new student for the 2013-14 school year, you MUST contact the Registrar at 845-758-2241 ext. 4719 to schedule an appointment to meet with her. The Registrar's office gets very busy at times! Please schedule your appointment to register new students as soon as you have all the required documentation. Questions? Email her at email@example.com.
Pride of Red Hook Booklet
Please download the PDF of our Pride of Red Hook booklet for a look at all that we're proud of in the Red Hook Central School District!
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