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.


    Update on District Auditorium Project  

    October 2, 2018
    Dear Community Members:
    It is hard to believe our first month of school is already over! We are busy with the business of teaching and learning.  
    I want to share an update on the district's auditorium project. As you may recall, we were awarded a $3.5 million-dollar grant to construct an auditorium at Red Hook High School. This grant covers about a third of the total cost. We have been working hard with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to secure additional building aid for the remaining portion. We are excited to announce that we have a commitment for additional building aid from NYSED. This additional aid will reduce the remaining costs significantly.  We expect firm estimates of the local tax impact to be available within the next two weeks. When received, these estimates will be shared with our community.
    The Board of Education plans to establish a vote date in late November or early December. We will continue to discuss this important project at every Board meeting until a public vote occurs. The following is a list of upcoming meeting dates:  Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, and Nov. 15. These meetings are open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the K-2 library.
    I am pleased to share with you that video recordings of board meetings are now available at Videos are usually posted on the district's Vimeo channel within a week of the meeting date.
    Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools

    RHCSD Smart Schools Investment Plan
    Updated: March 7, 2017
    At its meeting on January 11, 2017, the Board of Education gave preliminary approval of the district's first Smart Schools Investment Plan submission to use a portion of its Smart Schools Bond Act funds to purchase classroom technology. If ultimately approved by NYSED, the district's SSIP will fund the purchase of flat panel televisions for installation in all instructional spaces to provide teachers and students access to high-quality audio and video presentation tools.
    Details of the SSIP Submission #1 for Red Hook are available here. As per the SSBA requirements, a public hearing was held on February 22, 2017, regarding the district's SSIP submission, and the plan was granted final approval by the Board of Education. Comments and/or questions about the SSIP may be sent to For detailed information about the state's Smart Schools Bond Act, please visit the's Ed Management Services website. 

    Results of Water Systems Tests

    December 14, 2016
    Dear Parents/Guardians: 

    We have received the results of the water samples taken throughout Linden Avenue Middle School. The links below contain the list of locations which exceeded the Action Limit (greater than .015 milligrams per liter) established by legislation signed by Governor Cuomo on September 6, 2016.

    At Mill Road Elementary School, any fixture identified in our results, and accessible to students, has been disconnect to prevent its use. Fixtures accessible only to adults at Mill Road have been left in service with signs posted to communicate the water should not be consumed.  All identified locations at Linden Avenue Middle School and the Red Hook High School have also been labeled.

    Efforts are underway to perform the remediation work for all locations. Some fixtures have been replaced and new samples have been taken. Use of the water from these locations will continue to be limited until passing results have been received.

    The legislation was very specific as to the size of the samples and the procedure for the samples collection. The intent was to collect and sample water which had been sitting in the fixture, thereby better identifying the source of the contamination. More specific information regarding the testing protocols can be found at:

    If you have any questions or concerns, you may either email me at or our Director of Facilities, Perry Sheldon, at


    Paul Finch, Superintendent


    Policies for All Employees for 2017-18 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.



  • Vaccine Requirement for Incoming Seniors - Important
    All students entering 12th grade for the 2017-2018 school year MUST have doctor documentation that they have received meningococcal vaccine or doctor documentation of an appointment to receive the vaccine before starting school in September. 

    It is important to know that some doctors are giving incorrect information to parents concerning the vaccine. Mrs. Kathy Frustaci, the Red Hook High School nurse, has been in touch with the New York State Department of Health to confirm that all seniors must have the vaccine.

    Students must present doctor documentation that they have received the meningitis vaccine or appointment card to Mrs. Frustaci before the start of school in September. Mrs. Frustaci has been instructed by the Department of Health to exclude any student from school that does not have this documentation. Students will not be permitted to return to school until the required documentation is received by the nurse.

    Each time a student reaches his/her senior year of high school, he/she will be required to have the meningitis immunization.  


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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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