About the Superintendent

  • 1/6/2019
    A message from Interim Superintendent of Schools:


    Dear Parents and Community Members,

    As we close out the first semester of the school year and move forward
    both to second semester and Spring (!), I again thank you for your
    continuing support of our District and staff initiatives.

    We are working hard to provide professional development opportunities
    for our staff, to increase already enriched curriculum for your
    students, and have begun our extended learning time program for all
    students.  Our MLK initiative this year will focus on acts of kindness
    --"Change the World in Thirty Days"  and a "kick off " event January
    18th at each school building.  Poughkeepsie students are represented
    as part of the County Youth Council and we will host a county youth
    meeting here at our high school this spring.  Our E-Tech students will
    graduate our first class this June, and our AFROTC is working in
    collaboration with local veterans to help design and establish a
    lasting memorial in recognition of the military service Poughkeepsie
    has provided for our nation.  Our youngest students at ELC are engaged
    in family partnerships with local agencies and the National Black
    Child Development Institute, to help best prepare them for life after
    Smith School.   Our Back Pack program is growing by leaps and bounds
    with Poughkeepsie Farm Project assistance, nourishing our most
    vulnerable students and families.
    Our secondary school Student Government officers will meet with newly
    elected Assemblyman Jacobson to discuss government functions, and
    those students will turn key this work for our elementary officers and

    Much is happening in our schools!

    Planning for summer school is underway, as is schedule building at PHS
    and PMS.  Budget work has begun for 2019 - 2020.  Grants have been
    submitted for approval.  The District Technology committee is
    preparing our plan for submission to the state education department
    for our SmartBond money allocation.  We are in the midst of a
    Comptroller's Audit and will shortly begin an audit of our Food
    Service program.

    We have had much change and much forward movement in our District, due
    to the cooperation and work of all the stakeholders of our community.
    Henry Ford reminds us that "Coming together is a beginning; keeping
    together is progress; working together is success."  I look forward to
    continuing our work for the benefit of our youth.

    Snow still lies ahead -- but daffodil days will arrive!  Keep that
    thought in your heart as we
    forge through winter.

    Kate Farrell



    Dr. Kathleen Farrell                                           Dr. Farrell


    Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

    Welcome to a new school year in our District!  This is going to be a September of Success for your children and a year of promise fulfilled.  I am looking forward to meeting your children and to working with you to make our district stronger, our students more capable, and the future brighter.
    We will continue to focus our work on Literacy and Math skills, the foundation of all learning.  Our ELC program will provide an enriched environment for our youngest students, with Art, Music and Physical Education as part of the curriculum.  Our Elementary schools will include full academic support through our AIS programs and our ENL staff is at work developing enriching and supportive activities for our bilingual students.
    And we will, of course, continue to provide a wide array of elective subjects at our high school, including AP and college courses, in addition to collaborative vocational and technical programs at our Boces.  Our partnership with Dutchess Community College and Central Hudson, our E-Tech grant holders, is strong.  Working with Marist, Vassar, Mount St. Mary, and SUNY New Paltz, our campus is filled with student teachers --extra hands for our learners and staff.  
    Our district has talented, compassionate, and community oriented students.  Our administrators, teachers, support staff and custodians all work hard to assure that our schools are secure and attractive.  Our bus drivers and security staff constantly assess safety issues.  Our food service staff keeps our students well nourished, and our nurses make sure our students stay healthy and able to focus on the hard work of growing up.  
    Surely, we have difficult tasks ahead.  But together, we are prepared.  Together, we have the will to find the way to build a strong bridge to success for our youth.  After all -- we are Poughkeepsie and Proud!

    Contact Information
    Jane Bolin Administration Building
    11 College Avenue
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
    Phone: (845) 451-4972                                                                                    

    The Superintendent of Schools supervises all matters directly or indirectly affecting the operations of the school district. She ensures that the administration of the school system conforms with existing laws, regulations and policies adopted by the Board of Education.

    To keep up to date on events and happenings in the District please look at our calendar and read announcements that are sent home with students.

    Selected School Board Policies related to the Superintendent

    3000 Administration Goals
    3100 Superintendent of Schools
    3120 Duties of the Superintendent
    3160 Evaluation of the Superintendent

    Please note that the District maintains an online Policy Manual which contains the most up-to-date policies. The online manual is searchable by keyword or policy name.