RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200

Robert K. Libby,

Superintendent

August 02, 2015

NEWS Headlines

Our Mission is to be an exemplary 21st–century learning community whose graduates are well prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected and changing world.

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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. [READ MORE]

Calendar cover2015-16 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.

[get a sneak peek here]

Herbicide to be applied to the high school football/soccer field

It is expected that on Friday, July 31, an herbicide will be applied to the high school football/soccer field. The purpose is to re-establish a healthy, dense grass surface for the safety of student-athletes. Proper notice will be given to parents, students, staff, neighbors and those individuals who have previously requested such notice. [read the notice here - PDF]

Stephen MeierStephen Meier 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. [READ MORE]

Swimming pool closed for repairs

The high school swimming pool will be closed until further notice for repairs.

Robert LibbyRCS 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. [READ MORE]

James Latter and Teddy Reville re-elected as BOE president, vice-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 president. [READ MORE]

RCS 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! [VIEW PHOTOS]

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 absent.

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 to step. [READ MORE]

 

 

 

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EVENTS Calendar

August 12-13

NYS Regents testing days

Tuesday, August 18

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, August 27

9th Grade Orientation, 6-7 p.m., HS

Tuesday, September 1

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Monday, September 7

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 15

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - Recognition Awards

Friday, October 9

Emergency Early Release Day (15 minutes early dismissal)

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 13

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., AWB - Recognition Awards

Thursday, October 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal UPK-12)

Tuesday, October 27

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, November 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., PBC - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 19

Parent Conferences K-12 - STAFF ONLY

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, March 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

 

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