Residents of the City of Poughkeepsie voted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to pass the $94,784,944 budget proposed for the 2016-17 school year. The approved budget continues to support full-day kindergarten, provides for quality music and arts programs, increases access to and availability of 21st century technology, and supports robust literacy initiatives to move the Poughkeepsie City School District to higher levels of performance on the rigorous New York State standardized assessments. The goal was to ensure that the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools presented a balanced budget to meet the needs of our students and our community.
Budget Vote: There were 658 “Yes” votes and 463 “No” votes.
Voters also chose to elect Randy Johnson to fill the one available seat to a three-year term on the Board of Education. The term begins on July 1, 2016. Congratulations to Randy Johnson on his election to the Board of Education.
Board of Education unofficial election results for one (1) open seat:
– Jacqueline Roman: 152
– Linda Green: 163
– Randy Johnson: 431
– Gregory “Tron” Melton: 16
– Lance Hardy: 378
The Final Official Canvass for the annual 2016-2017 election will be available on May 18, 2016.*
The Board of Education continues to work tirelessly with administrators, teachers, and staff members to achieve excellence. We are making progress even with the most recent budget shortfalls and challenges. Poughkeepsie High School (PHS) is trending in the right direction with increases in the graduation rate and higher levels of academic achievement on the New York State Regents exams. Poughkeepsie High School (PHS) was removed from the Priority List and is deemed by the New York State Education Department as “out of Receivership” as of February 26, 2016. Congratulations PHS!
Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift—your children. Working in partnership with all stakeholders, we will achieve excellence.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to all members of our community who voted! We deeply appreciate your support!
*Added May 18, 2016, 3:30 p.m.: Please click here to view the Official Canvass for the 2016-2017 election.
Please click the read more button to view pictures from SWAG week 2016. We, at the Poughkeepsie City School District, are grateful for all the support for this mission-critical event.
Poughkeepsie Pioneer Malik Lewis finished first in the 200-meter dash at the 2016 Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Games at White Plains High School. Malik’s time of 22.02, run on a wet track in a steady rain, was the fourth fastest recorded in New York State this season.
Since 1968, the Loucks Games in White Plains, NY has stood for excellence. It is regarded as offering one of the top high school meets in the United States.
The annual Poughkeepsie City School District budget vote and Board member election for the fiscal year 2016-2017 by the qualified voters of the Poughkeepsie City School District will be held at Morse, Clinton, Warring and Krieger Elementary Schools and Poughkeepsie Middle School on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Polling Places Open Today, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
1st and 3rd Wards – Morse Elementary School
2nd and 4th Wards- Clinton Elementary School
5th Ward – Warring Elementary School
6th and 7th Wards- Poughkeepsie Middle School
8th Ward – Krieger Elementary School
Click here to read the “Budget Newsletter 16-17“
Mr. Coates’ official term with the BOCES Board will commence on July 1, 2016: he will continue to serve on the Board of Education of the Poughkeepsie City School District.
Congratulations, Mr. Coates!
The 8th Annual Society at War Against Illegal Guns and Violence (SWAG) campaign kicks-off Monday, May 16, 2016. This collaborative effort between the City of Poughkeepsie and the Poughkeepsie City School District was created by the students and is designed to address violence in the community. This year, SWAG is dedicated to Caval Haylett, Poughkeepsie High School senior who died as a result of gun violence on March 10, 2016.
The keynote speaker on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, will be Angela T. Rye, Esq., Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a CNN Political Commentator, and an NPR Political Analyst. Ms. Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process. Ms. Rye’s message to the students will center on leadership and empowerment.
This is an invitation to all members of the Poughkeepsie City School District family including students, parents, staff, community members, and community partners, to join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9:00 -2:00 p.m. for a great day of family fun, nutrition, and healthy tips for the whole family at the Poughkeepsie City School District Sports Complex. There will be music, entertainment, and food demonstrations.
Please spread the word; share this information with your family, friends, and the community. We encourage all students, families, staff, and community members to participate. Bring the family and enjoy!