Upcoming BOE Meeting

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The Spackenkill Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 pm at Orville A. Todd Middle School.  On the agenda are the Rollover Budget Presentation and Budget Exit Survey Results by Michele Moloney and the Expansion of Music and Art Programs by Lori Mulford and Principals.

The community is welcome and always encouraged to attend.  For information about any BOE meeting presentations, please visit the BoardDocs section of this website, which is located under the Board of Education drop-down menu, or CLICK HERE FOR BOARDDOCS INFORMATION.

Adopt-a-Family Returns

 

 

 

holiday gifts

Once again, the Spackenkill community is participating in the Adopt-a-Family program. Just pick a diamond off a giving tree in your school lobby and return your donation to the box by the tree by Monday, December 19. CLICK HERE to read more about the program. Thank you for your contribution!

More Headline News

New Draft Learning Standards

Click here to read a letter to teachers and parents from the NYS Commissioner of Education.


New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for 7th & 12th Grade Students​

Recent amendments to PHL 2164 and its accompanying regulations at 10 NYCRR Subpart 66-1 now require that children entering 7th and 12th grades or comparable age level grade equivalent receive an adequate dose or doses of the meningococcal vaccine for school attendance.  Although the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has been disseminating information about these new meningococcal requirements to parents and schools, NYSDOH understands that many parents or legal guardians may have, nevertheless, been unaware of the such requirements.  Specifically, it has come to NYSDOH’s attention that many parents or legal guardians were not able to schedule appointments for their child to receive the meningococcal vaccine until after the standard 14 day grace period for compliance with immunization requirements, as set forth in 10 NYCRR 66-1.4.   

As such, NYSDOH will exercise its enforcement discretion for up to 30 days after school entry for parents or legal guardians who can demonstrate to schools their good faith efforts to comply with the meningococcal immunization requirements.  For example, a good faith effort can be demonstrated by submitting a note on the health practitioner’s letterhead or copy of appointment card, providing the date of the child’s appointment to receive the meningococcal vaccine, which must be scheduled to be on or before 30 days after school entry. 

After 30 days after school entry, any child entering 7th or 12th grades or comparable age level grade equivalents must be excluded from school if their parents or legal guardians have not submitted a certificate of immunization from a health practitioner or from NYSIIS documenting that the child has received an adequate dose or doses of the meningococcal vaccine or a medical or religious exemption.  Students who are non-compliant will be excluded starting October 6, 2016.


Letter Regarding Evacuation Drills

CLICK HERE to read a letter regarding evacuation drills.


 

Child Abuse Hotline Telephone Number

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a child abuse hotline.

The Statewide Toll Free Telephone Number is 1-800-342-3720
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call TDD/TTY at 1-800-638-5163 
or have your Video Relay System provider call 1-800-342-3720
If you believe that a child is in immediate danger,  call 911 or your local police department.


District Green Initiative

Every year, the Spackenkill District follows the ED-1 Records Retention and Disposition Schedule issued by the New York State Archives to facilitate the systematic disposal of unneeded records.This year, the district began a new initiative with Legal Shred for environmentally friendly records destruction, filling 31 bins with an average capacity of 175-200 pounds each, It is estimated that the total weight for the service was 5,500 pounds, about 2.75 tons. After shredding, the company recycles the paper for security purposes and to benefit the environment. Recycling that amount saved about 40 trees and over 7 cubic yards of landfill. The district will continue to find ways to lessen the ecological impact of school operations. 


Why Is Good Student Attendance So Important?

The New York State Department of Education has embarked on a new statewide initiative to address chronic absence from school, which is defined as missing at least 10 percent of enrolled school days. Chronic absence diminishes successful student outcomes and undermines learning. When students stop being chronically absent, they improve academically and are more likely to stay in school and graduate. The bullets below highlight research that underscores the link between chronic absence and school outcomes. The findings span studies from preschool through college:

READ MORE ABOUT WHY GOOD STUDENT ATTENDANCE IS SO IMPORTANT...


District Earns Safety Award

For the fourth consecutive year, the Spackenkill Union Free School District has won the Utica National Insurance Group's School Safety Excellence Award, titanium level, the highest distinction. The honor recognizes the school district's efforts as we work to keep students, staff, and visitors safe. SUFSD officials accepted a certificate to commemorate the safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts.


Town of Poughkeepsie Police & Senator Sue Serino's Office Warn of Phone Scam

 


Parent Portal Information for Todd and SHS Families

CLICK HERE to read a letter from Dr. Powell regarding changes in grade reporting on the Parent Portal.


 

Transportation Council Discusses District Sidewalks

The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC) recently hosted a workshop to gather public input.  The possibility of sidewalks on Spackenkill Road was discussed .

CLICK HERE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL MINUTES

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE PDCTC WITH CONCERNS ABOUT SPACKENKILL ROAD


Assessment Requirements and State Aid

CLICK HERE to read a memo sent by the office of the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education to chief state education officers regarding state assessment data.

CLICK HERE to read a letter to Secretary of Education John King from the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents. The letter addresses the consequences for not meeting the participation rates in state testing and the potential loss of state aid.


Strategic Plan 2015-2020

CLICK HERE TO READ THE BOARD-APPROVED SUFSD STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2015-2020


School Breakfast Program Open to All

We encourage your child(ren) to take advantage of our breakfast program, which can be enjoyed upon arrival at school. If you should have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Food and Nutrition Services @ 463-7836 or email lisa.french@sufsdny.org


 

Comptroller's Audit

CLICK HERE to read the most recent Comptroller’s Audit of the Spackenkill Union Free School District. 

The Board of Education and District Administration strive to follow the highest standards of fiscal management and ethical practices. 

It is important to note that State Auditors found no instances of fraud or misrepresentation of our financial statements.

It is also important to note that none of the district’s reserves are prohibited by New York State and our independent auditors and management of the school district do not believe they are excessive. 

The audit report addresses several items concerning financial condition and includes inferences that district officials and the Board of Education have made it a practice of overfunding reserves.  It is important to keep in mind that reserves are authorized by the Board of Education and reviewed annually by the district’s independent external auditors.  . 

In January 2015, the district received, from the Comptroller’s Office, a “0% designation” on the state’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring system for the both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.   According to the Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Fact Sheet, “the system is designed to identify where an entity is headed so the decision-makers are not merely responding to a crisis.  Instead, they are taking deliberate, long-term and strategic approaches to managing the affairs of their local government.”  This has been the long-term historic approach that the district has taken with respect to budgeting and managing fund balance and reserves.

Since the implementation of the tax cap the district has been consciously using reserves in a conservative manner in order to not only stay below the tax cap but as to not deplete reserves in a manner that could be considered fiscally imprudent and cause fiscal stress on future budgets.  The concern is further complicated by the revenue challenges districts are facing in having uncertain long-term state aid projections.  

The 2014-2015 independent audit found no issues. CLICK HERE TO READ A COPY OF THE 2014=2015 INDEPENDENT AUDIT


Weather-Related Closing Information

Please be aware that the district now has the option of calling both 2- and 3-hour delays.  There are also changes with SchoolMessenger, our automated calling service, which provides timely communication to parents and staff members on such matters as weather-related closings and delays, attendance, general-interest activities, and district emergencies. Upon registration in our district, only the household telephone number will be sent to the SchoolMessenger system to receive emergency or weather-related school closing information. Families are asked to sign up with a SchoolMessenger account to customize their contact information and provide additional phone numbers and email addresses. By the beginning of October, all families will receive a letter with the necessary instructions to create or access their accounts. Opt-out information will be included in the mailing. Please note: General-interest messages will not be sent by a phone call or text message.  To receive non-emergency messages, please add an email address to your SchoolMessenger account. 


Traffic Violation: Passing a Stopped School Bus

Spackenkill wants to remind all parents, adults, and driving students that passing a stopped school bus with flashing lights while on school grounds (private road) or roadways is a traffic violation. Every person convicted of the first violation will be punished by a fine of $250 to $400 or by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or by both fine and imprisonment.  Additional traffic violations increase both fine and time of imprisonment.  Such violation may also result in a five-point penalty on one’s driver’s license.  School district grounds are not exempt from these laws.  This information is shared in the interest of safety for all students and as a reminder to those who violate the law what passing a stopped school bus with flashing lights can cost in fines and points.  We wouldn’t want this to happen to any of our community members.


Spackenkill Mobile App Debuts

Check out our new Spackenkill mobile app! It’s available for both Android and iOS devices. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE MOBILE APP. The app can always be found in the right sidebar of our district homepage or you can search for it in Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store. This app makes it easy to find information from our website when using a mobile device. Just go into the settings and choose the buildings about which you want to get news and information. You can find bus routes, team schedules, cafeteria menus, and upcoming events for each school. You’ll also have easy access to our eSchool mobile site, SchoolMessenger, and our Facebook page. Download the app today and see for yourself!


Parents' Bill of Rights

The purpose of the Parents’ Bill of Rights is to inform parents of the legal requirements regarding privacy, security and use of student data . CLICK HERE TO READ THE PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS.


New Service of Dutchess County HELPLINE

The Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene has expanded its 24-hour HELPLINE service to include texting.   Dutchess TEXTS is designed as an alternate way to access mental health assistance since many people, particularly young adults and teenagers, often prefer to text rather than talk on the phone.    Young people can access support services by texting “DMH” to 741 741 READ MORE ABOUT THE DUTCHESS COUNTY HELPLINE..


BOE Approves Veterans' Exemption

A partial exemption from school taxes for veterans has been approved by the Spackenkill Board of Education.   Military veterans may receive an exemption based upon their type and time of service.  The default exemptions were approved for Spackenkill veterans. READ MORE ABOUT THE VETERANS' EXEMPTION


Food Service Account Allows Parents to Manage Food Choices

If your child has a dietary restriction or allergy that you would like listed on their NutriKids/MySchoolBucks account or if you wish to limit or block the purchase of a specific food item, please contact the Spackenkill Food Service Department at 463-7836 or lisa.french@sufsdny.org.
CLICK HERE for the School Lunch web section

Upcoming BOE Meeting

Spackenkill logo

 

The Spackenkill Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 pm at Orville A. Todd Middle School.  On the agenda are the Rollover Budget Presentation and Budget Exit Survey Results by Michele Moloney and the Expansion of Music and Art Programs by Lori Mulford and Principals.

The community is welcome and always encouraged to attend.  For information about any BOE meeting presentations, please visit the BoardDocs section of this website, which is located under the Board of Education drop-down menu, or CLICK HERE FOR BOARDDOCS INFORMATION.

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