The nine-member RCS Board of Education meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Exceptions are made to avoid conflicts with religious holy days, state and national conferences or extended recess periods.
The meetings begin with a closed Executive Session at 6 p.m. followed by an open meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Location, unless otherwise noted on the agenda, is the high school library.
Meetings may also be held at the various school buildings, and in those cases, advance notice of the meeting is given on this website. The board of education holds special meetings as needed.
What does the board do?
A local board of education is an agency of New York State that is governed by state law and the regulations of the commissioner of education. The board of education is made up of nine members who are elected by qualified voters of the district. All board members run “at large” in the district and serve without pay for three-year terms. New York State law does not limit the number of terms a board member may serve. Elections are held each year on the third Tuesday in May.
The board’s five main areas of responsibility are:
- to establish all school district policies;
- to develop an annual budget for public approval;
- to approve or disapprove the superintendent’s recommendations regarding personnel matters and the many contracts the district must enter;
- to review courses of study and textbooks;
- to act as a two-way communications link between residents and the superintendent.
The decisions of your elected board of education affect your child, your child’s future, your tax rate, and the well-being of your community. The board urges your participation in such important matters and encourages the school district and the community to work together to provide the best possible educational program for students in the RCS district.
Considering Running for the Board of Education?
Thank you for your potential interest in serving as a board member on the RCS Board of Education. Although the legal requirements for becoming a board member in New York State are not difficult, possessing the characteristics that make someone a functional and productive member of a legislative body is very important. Click for more information about what it takes to be on the Board of Education.
About the Board
Audit/Finance – Mr. McFerran and Mr. Reville
Buildings and Grounds – Mr. Hyslop and Mr. Jones
Curriculum and Instruction Mrs. Furst-Hotaling and Mrs. Rexford
Policy – Mrs. Hill-Burns and Mr. Engel
Stay Involved, Stay Informed
All board of education meeting agendas and regular session materials are posted in advance of the meetings. BOE minutes and archived meeting videos are available within one-to-two days following the meeting. View the documents here.
Watch board meetings from your home using streaming video! All RCS board meetings can be watched live using streaming video. Follow this live video link to watch the next board of education meeting as it is happening. Please note this link will only work during the meeting.
Board of Education Meeting viewing times on Public Access TV
- Tuesdays, 8 p.m. on Mid-Hudson Cable Channel 11
- Mondays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on BSN-TV (Bethlehem Community Network Television) Channel 18 for Time-Warner Cable subscribers.
- Mondays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Channel 28 for Bethlehem residents who subscribe to Verizon FIOS.
These times are subject to change by the cable provider.