Our Mission StatementThe 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 VisionWe 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.
Position Posting: RHCSD Superintendent of Schools
The Board of Education of the Red Hook Central School District is searching for an exceptional leader to serve as its next Superintendent of Schools. The district, located in beautiful Dutchess and Columbia counties, is grateful for the leadership of the current superintendent, Mr. Paul Finch, over the past 13 years. The community is highly supportive of its schools, and is a wonderful place to live and work.
The next superintendent is expected to be a passionate leader committed to the success of all students and able to lead a strong leadership team who will be motivated by the new superintendent to innovate and respond to a changing world. The board desires to find a superintendent looking to make a long-term commitment to the district.
Applications are due by February 14. Interested candidates should send a compelling letter of interest, resume and a list of four references to: Mike Ford, Director of Leadership Development, University of Rochester:
email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
RHCSD Mental Health Committee Presentation - Trauma and ResiliencyThe RHCSD Mental Health Committee invites parents and community members to an important presentation on the topic of Trauma and Resiliency on February 20. There are two sessions planned: one from 9:15 to 10:15 am in the Mill Road 3-5 cafeteria, and the second from 6 to 7 pm in the Linden Avenue Middle School cafeteria. This presentation will explore the impact of trauma, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), and the roadmap towards resiliency. The sessions are free of charge and will be led by members of the district's Mental Health Committee and Pupil Personnel Services Director Jack Costello. To RSVP, click here.
Red Hook High School Has Highest Graduation Rate for 2019 in Dutchess County
Congratulations to our learning community! Red Hook had the top graduation rate for 2019 in Dutchess County at 96% for the class of 2019. Our graduation rate improved six percentage points over last year's rate of 90% and marked our second consecutive year of improvement. This achievement is the result of the hard work of EVERYONE in our system. Special thanks to the high school team of administrators, counselors and teachers, and Dr. Kitty Summers, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, for their commitments to helping students who need extra supports to get across the finish line. Well done, everyone!! For a story on graduation rates in Dutchess County and New York State, click here.
Message from the Board of Education on Pending Legislation Regarding Immunizations
The Red Hook Board of Education would like to express its gratitude to those who attended the Board of Education meeting, Wednesday, January 8, 2020. We value your time and dedication to the growth, health and well-being of all of our students.
Several members of our school community spoke during visitor recognition regarding mandates for compulsory HPV (human papillomavirus) and flu vaccinations that are currently under committee consideration in the New York State Legislature. The visitors in attendance at Wednesday's meeting were broadly split in their views. Some requested the board lobby the State Education Department to reject mandatory HPV and flu vaccinations should this mandate make it to the senate floor for a vote. Others urged the board to endorse the legislation.
All of the speakers were highly effective and quite moving in their speech. The board members were all affected by the personal stories shared and have profound empathy with the families who have been forced to make impossibly hard decisions in the last year, and for those who have witnessed devastating affects of disease.
As a whole, the board members have agreed to the following:
1. We, as individuals, do not agree on the issue of HPV and flu immunizations specifically.
2. It is impossible for the board to represent the entirety of our community with such widely differing views presented.
The board members are unified in stating that we will not campaign for or against this proposition; however, we do strongly urge everyone to participate in the process of reaching out to our legislators and State Education Department to advocate for the outcome that you desire.
Furthermore, we will look to the New York School Board Association for guidance and updates as more information becomes available.
While this may not be the desired outcome for some, we would like to again, authentically thank you all for coming to the meeting and engaging with us. We appreciate knowing what you are passionate about in our district.
The Board of Education
Message from the Board of Education - Superintendent Search
We are grateful for the steady and committed leadership of Mr. Paul Finch for the past 13 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. The search timeline is as follows:
- Consultant advertises the position and begins the active recruitment of candidates
- Community and staff survey is conducted
- 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
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 AvailableThe 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 (email@example.com), Dr. Katie Zahedi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Rob McKiernan (email@example.com).For substitute aides: Mrs. Erin Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Stacie Fenn Smith (email@example.com).For substitute custodial workers: Mr. Perry Sheldon (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute food service workers: Mr. Larry Anthony (email@example.com).For substitute bus drivers: Mr. Jeff Popp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Good News Headlines!
Looking for some good news about teaching and learning in our school district? Please check out the Headlines section below!
Policies for All Employees for 2019-20 School YearIn 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.
Follow Us on Social Media
The Red Hook CSD is on social media! Find us on Twitter @rhcsd; Instagram @redhookcsd; and Facebook @redhookcsd.
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.
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.
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.
Virtual BackpackClick 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!
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.