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Newsletter Delivers Everything From Jumping Jacks to Grad Rates

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – It can be hard to keep up with everything going on throughout the year in Hastings and specifically in the local schools.  With that in mind the school district has released its newsletter to help keep parents in the loop with everything from the attempted jumping jacks record at Hillside, all the way to explaining the tax levy cap in New York.  District treasurer Maureen Caraballo offers answers to several common questions about the tax cap.

“The levy in our most recent school budget was approximately $35 million,” she said in the newsletter.  “In our next budget, the district can raise an additional $800,000 in taxes and be within the 2 percent cap.”

The board of education outlines several goals it has identified for the school year, including long term planning for budget and expenditures and improving communication with the public.

“As issues or topics arise during the year we may also substitute work sessions for our business meeting format, which can provide more opportunity for question and answer,” the board said in the newsletter.

Other goals included examining the district’s status and goals for writing, kindergarten curriculum, language offerings, technology in the classroom and the integration of service learning.

It was also announced that the board will resume its search for a new full-time superintendent in January, as Timothy Connors is currently on an interim basis.

Key statistics were also included in the newsletter such as graduation rates.  While the graduation rate is down 1 percent from last year to 97 percent, those attending four year colleges is up 1 percent to 86 percent total, according to the report.

You can read the full newsletter on the Hastings school district website.

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