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learning community whose graduates are well prepared to excel in a complex,
interconnected and changing world.
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2015-16 bus routes have been finalized
Below are the bus routes for the four schools for the
2015-16 school year. PLEASE NOTE: these are estimated pickup times.
Please be sure your child is ready for the bus at least 10 minutes
before the time indicated on these routes. After a few weeks, the
scheduling will settle out and the time will be more predicatable.
Here are a few reminders about the bus routes.
Register for Fall 2015 Continuing Education classes on Sept. 9
The Fall 2015 Continuing
Education brochure is now available. Please look over our class
selection and stop by to register on Sept. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8
p.m. in the high school aquatics center or register by mail!
Visit the Continuing
Superintendent Robert Libby reminds school community of the continuing
challenges facing RCS; goal is to meet the needs of every student
In a letter to the community before the new school year begins,
Superintendent Robert Libby said "As we all know there are many
challenges with each new school year. Unfunded state and federal
mandates, new state mandates, continued upkeep of school facilities,
and the constant battle to secme the resources to continue our
forward progress arejust a number of issues that we will face during
the coming year.
Our greatest challenge however is to always do our best to meet the
needs of each and every student. The continued building of our
partnerships with you and our community stakeholders is vital to
his letter - pdf]
in Reading program focused on ocean studies
The A.W. Becker Adventures in Reading program was a success for the
37 students who participated in the four-week program. Students in
grades 3-5 investigated and researched all about the ocean. Each
student picked a specific animal to research and became an expert
about it. The students enjoyed making Powerpoint presentations as
well as animal pillows. A highlight for the students was using
technology to enhance their reading, spelling and vocabulary skills.
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summer program a hit!
The 50 students who participated in the Adventures in
Summer Reading program at PBC enjoyed reading, writing, crafts, and
computers...and those are just a few of the fun things Pieter B.
students did in the program.
Students were busy keeping their reading skills
sharp through many different activities in this exciting four week
program. Students were even visited by the Traveling Library each
week to borrow books for reading at home with family. Our local
librarian, Barbara Goetschius, made a special visit and taught us
about glaciers and icebergs to keep us cool. Take a look at the fun
Fall sports clearances set for this week
The dates and times are as follows;
Monday, August 10 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 11 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 12 from 8:00am -12:00pm (the school doctor will be
in to provide physicals and conduct physical maturity tests for
Advanced Placement Process)
All exams will be held in the HS Health Office.
Herbicide applied to the high school football/soccer field on Friday,
Herbicide was applied early Friday afternoon - July 31 - to the high
school football/soccer field.
The purpose of the herbicide application was to re-establish a
healthy, dense grass surface for the safety of student-athletes.
The company that applied the herbicide indicated that the field
should not be used for 72 hours after the application - which was
until early afternoon on Monday, Aug. 3. RCS employees will be
striping the fields today - Tuesday, Aug. 4 - and a football camp is
expected to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Proper notice was given to parents, students,
staff, neighbors and those individuals who have previously requested
the notice here - PDF]
RCS Middle School Best Buddies chapter recognized as best in state
This July, at the annual Best Buddies conference held in Indiana, the RCS Middle School was awarded the Top Middle School in New York State title for their efforts to successfully achieve the Best Buddies mission. Award winners were chosen based on quality of one-to-one friendships, group outings, chapter involvement, community awareness and chapter communication. RCS Middle School was seen as going above and beyond in each of these areas, working to change lives one friendship at a time.
BOE adopts 2015-16 tax rates - in line with May projection
The tax bill for a typical homeowner with a $150,000 assessment will
be $46.50 per year - or $3.87 per month - higher when they pay their
school tax bill in September.
The Board of Education has approved 2015-16
school tax rates which show a 1.64 percent rate increase in the
towns of Bethlehem, Coeymans and New Scotland. Homeowners in New
Baltimore, which has a lower state equalization rate, will pay an
additional 0.97 percent in taxes in the coming school year.
Those final figures are before savings from the
state's School Tax Relief (STAR) program are factored into the final calculation.
In addition, because RCS stayed below it's state-mandated tax levy cap,
homeowners will also be eligible for the state's rebate program. Checks are
expected to be mailed directly to homeowners this fall.
calendar off to the printer
The school district's 2015-16 calendar - which lists all of the
activities happening at the schools and throughout the school
district in the upcoming school year - has been sent to print.
It will be mailed to homes by the end of August.
a sneak peek here]
reappointed to a one-year term as interim business administrator at RCS
Stephen Meier, who has been the RCS business
administrator since Sept. 30, 2013, has been reappointed a third time as the
interim business administrator for the school district.
The vote was unanimous. Board members Teddy
Reville and Tina Furst-Hotaling were absent.
His per-diem salary is
$550 with no benefits.
Swimming pool closed for repairs
The high school swimming pool will be closed until further notice
signs three-year contract with Robert K. Libby as superintendent
The Board of Education will sign a three-year contract with Robert K. Libby
as RCS superintendent, a month after naming him as interim superintendent.
His contract was unanimously approved by the Board of Education
tonight during the board's re-organizational meeting. Member William
McFerran was absent.
Before retiring in April, he served as superintendent of the Cohoes
School District for seven years. Before that, he was the Cohoes
assistant superintendent for business and operations for 15 years.
James Latter and Teddy Reville re-elected as BOE president,
James Latter, first elected as president of the Board of Education in
July 2013, was re-elected to a third term as board president on Tuesday,
July 1, during the annual reorganizational meeting.
Edward "Teddy" Reville was elected to a second term as vice
Class of 2015 Commencement
The morning of June 27, in bittersweet fashion, we said goodbye to another senior class. Please join us in wishing the Class of 2015 our most heartfelt congratulations and best wishes as they venture into the beginning of their bright futures. We are so proud and we'll miss seeing you in our halls!
Board of Education approves two-year teachers' contract
The Board of Education has approved a two-year contract extension with
the RCS Teachers Association that includes a 2.5 percent salary increase
for most employees, establishes a health insurance buyback program and
makes several other changes to the agreement.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the contract extension
on Saturday, June 27, before the RCS graduation at the Empire State
Plaza in Albany. Members Teddy Reville and William McFerran were
Under the contract extension, teachers will receive the
state-mandated "step increase" on July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016.
Every public school teacher in New York state receives a "step"
increase when they have earned another year of seniority. The step
increases in the contract average a 2.5 percent increase from step
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