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.
    Our Vision
    We believe that each student reaches his or her full potential as a learner through well-designed instruction, passionate teaching, and a robust home/school collaboration.


    Message from the Board of Education - Superintendent Search

    We are grateful for the steady and committed leadership of Mr. Paul Finch for the past 14 years as our Superintendent of Schools. We thank him for his leadership and wish him the best as he moves on from our district. 

    The Board of Education has contracted with the University of Rochester to assist in the search for a new superintendent. They have an exceptional track record of facilitating the process to find outstanding school leaders.

    As we begin the search, we ask you to consider completing a short survey to help us develop a profile of our next superintendent.  To do so, please click on this link:

    We will be seeking additional input from district stakeholders once we our finalists are selected. We will have teachers, students, parents, administrators, support staff and community members serve on the interview committees. Parents and community members who are interested in serving must be available on the afternoons of March 3, 9, 10 and 11 in order to participate. 

    If you are interested, please contact Elena Maskell at 845-758-2241 ext. 55010. Individuals representing all facets of our community are urged to volunteer. Final interview committee make up will be determined by the Board of Education. 

    Thank you for your continuing support of our school district. 

    RHCSD Board of Education 

    Search Timeline: 


    • Consultant advertises the position and begins the active recruitment of candidates
    • Community and staff survey is conducted


    • Deadline to apply is February 14
    • Board reviews applicants and selects approximately 12 for initial interviews 


    • Board will conduct initial interviews on March 2, 3 and 4
    • Consultant will work with district stakeholders who will serve on our three interview committees to develop questions for our final candidates
    • Final candidate interviews will be held on March 9, 10, and 11
    • Board will select and appoint a candidate following the conclusion of the interview process 


    • New superintendent will begin on July 1

    Announcement from Superintendent Paul Finch

    November 1, 2019 

    Dear Community Members: 

    There have been a number of difficult decisions in my life. One of these difficult decisions took place in November of 2006 when I chose to take a professional leap and become the Superintendent of Schools in Red Hook. It was one of the BEST decisions I ever made! I have felt, and continue to feel, honored beyond words to be working with such a talented group of professionals, supportive parents, Board of Education members, and terrific students. 

    Several months ago, I made an equally difficult decision. I decided that it was time to plan for the last third of my professional career. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to focus on the areas in education in which I find the most joy (i.e., working closely with students and staff on the daily concerns of teaching and learning). With this in mind, I informed the Board of Education that I would not be seeking an extension to my contract in June 2020 and that I would likely be looking to find a position better aligned with my current priorities.  

    I am not one to spend much time extolling personal accomplishments. This is mainly because I know that accomplishments in schools are almost never the result of a single individual’s efforts. I will say, however, that I am most proud of the staff I have hired, the relationships that have been established, new student programming, the updates to facilities (including the auditorium) and – most importantly – the academic achievements of our students during these challenging times. 

    It is my wish to finish strong. To this end, I will be working closely with the Board of Education on securing your next leader and pursuing improvement opportunities for Red Hook until the end of my tenure here.   


    Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools 

    September Updates from Superintendent Paul Finch 

    Dear Community Members:

    I am writing to update you on the status of the Red Hook Central School District Solar Project. This is the project passed by voter proposition on the May 2019 ballot.  

    Toward the end of summer, we received confirmation that the project would be state-aidable based on certain criteria. We are currently working with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Solar Liberty, and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to meet these criteria. Specifically, we are moving toward contractual relationships with a structural engineering firm and an electrical engineering firm. Upon completion of structural engineering and electrical evaluations, we will submit plans to NYSED for final state-aid approval. At some point in this process, we will also enter into a formal Customer Project Commitment with NYPA.   

    While the process is a bit onerous, we look forward to the projected energy savings and learning opportunities for students. I will continue to update our school community as the project progresses. 


    Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools 

    August Updates from Superintendent Paul Finch

    Dear Community Members:

    I am writing to share end-of-summer summer construction updates and information about other interesting things happening in our learning community.  

    Over the past two months, we have been busy laying the foundation for the Red Hook High School Auditorium, expanding the winter recess area for Mill Road Primary students and renovating a number of classroom spaces to better accommodate small group work. Additionally, we are in the process of updating the standard multi-media presentation systems in our elementary classrooms (i.e., large flat panel display and Apple TV interface). We plan to upgrade all classrooms district-wide over the next year. I am excited about the instructional possibilities this new technology will bring.

    Earlier in the summer the administrative team held a retreat where we listened to several recent graduates tell us about their experiences with our system and how we might improve. We also heard from a local college admissions officer on trends in higher education so that we can better prepare our students who continue their academic careers after graduating from Red Hook High School.  And, most importantly, the administrative team was able to spend time together reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the 2019-2020 school year.

    At the Board of Education level, we have been engaged with a vigorous policy review process that will continue all year. Importantly, the Board passed a new policy on smart device use during the school day. Additionally, our demographic consultant completed an enrollment study and we began to think about the impact of his projections on staffing and facilities. We will post the study on our website in the near future.

    All in all, it has been a busy and productive summer.  We are looking forward to welcoming the students back for the first day of school on September 4.


    Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools

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    Auditorium Construction Underway - Groundbreaking Ceremony Held to Celebrate the Occasion

    On June 13, 2019, the members of the Red Hook Central School District community held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Hook High School Auditorium Project. Superintendent Paul Finch noted, “This ceremony has been decades in the making. The lack of a high school auditorium has been a blot on the otherwise stellar reputation of the Red Hook Central School District. With this project, our facilities will finally reflect the talent of our students and the value we place on the performing arts.”  
    The construction of the auditorium received additional financial support from a $500,000 State grant and a $100,000 donation from the Red Hook Education Foundation. On Tuesday, June 18, voters overwhelming approved a special proposition put before them to to accept and apply these additional sources of support to the auditorium project. 
    At the groundbreaking ceremony, Johanna Moore, Board of Education President, thanked Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and members of the Red Hook Education Foundation for their steadfast support of the project. President Moore noted that this project will inspire current and future students in the performing arts. 

    Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, who secured $4 million in funding for the project with the support of Speaker Carl Heastie, echoed those sentiments in his message, “Each theatre, music, and choral student strives for the opportunity to perform on stage, in front of the bright lights, and before an audience of adoring fans – we are raising up this already beautiful community just a little bit more.” 

    After the groundbreaking event, long time Red Hook resident and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro stated, “This new auditorium is the result of a community coming together – in a non-partisan way – to give our kids the highest quality education possible. As a Red Hook alum and parent, my hat is off to the District, the Red Hook Education Foundation, Assemblyman Cahill and this community for making good on a promise.”   

    Construction of the auditorium will continue through the 2019-2020 school year with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2020. 


    Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Available

    The Red Hook Central School District is now using Say Something Anonymous Reporting System for students and adults to easily and completely confidentially report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Say Something is provided by Sandy Hook Promise - a national violence prevention nonprofit organization - focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) before it happens by attracting, educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others. Additional information about the program and the resources you need to report safety concerns are available HERE. Say Something does not replace 911 and should not be used in the event of an emergency or a crime in progress. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the system and how it works. 



    Employment Opportunities Available 
    The Red Hook Central School District is currently accepting applications for substitutes for the following positions: teachers, classroom aides, custodial workers, food service workers, and substitute bus drivers and aides. If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for a position, please complete either the non-teaching applicaton (for aides, custodial workers, food service workers, and bus drivers) OR the teaching application (for classroom teacher substitutes). Links to the applications can be found here
    Once your application is complete, you may contact the following individual(s) for an interview:
    For substitute teachers: Mr. Brian Boyd (, Dr. Katie Zahedi ( or Mr. Rob McKiernan (
    For substitute aides: Mrs. Erin Hayes ( or Mrs. Stacie Fenn Smith (
    For substitute custodial workers: Mr. Perry Sheldon (
    For substitute food service workers: Mr. Larry Anthony (
    For substitute bus drivers: Mr. Jeff Popp (

    Good News Headlines!

    Looking for some good news about teaching and learning in our school district? Please check out the Headlines section below!


    2019-2020 At-A-Glance School Calendar Here 


    Policies for All Employees for 2019-20 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.


  • 2019-2020 School Year Calendar Available

    The district's wall calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is available here as a PDF. Printed copies of the calendar will also be available in school building offices at the start of the school year and at upcoming back-to-school events.

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  • Follow Us on Social Media

    The Red Hook CSD is on social media! Find us on Twitter @rhcsd; Instagram @redhookcsd; and Facebook @redhookcsd.

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  • SafeArrival Available

    SafeArrival is a new way for parents/guardians to report student absences. It replaces having to submit handwritten notes or contact your child's school attendance clerk to report MOST absences. The system requires authorized parents/guardians to create an account which then links them to their student(s) for the purpose of absence reporting. Effective April 24, 2019, parents of students in grades PK - 12 marked absent AND for whom we do not have a reported reason, will receive an automated phone call from the district regarding that absence. For more details about SafeArrival, please visit our Parent Resource page located HERE.

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  • Board of Education Newsletter

    Red Hook Central School District Board of Education members have created a newsletter to highlight what they've been focused on this past summer and thus far this fall. The newsletter, coordinated by board member Johanna Moore, is available as a PDF file by clicking here.

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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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  • 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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  • Website Accessibility Statement

    The Red Hook Central School District is committed to making this website accessible to visitors with disabilities. We are continually working to increase its accessibility and usability, and to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.  If for any reason you cannot access any of the material on our website, please contact us and we will work to resolve the problem.

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