South Orangetown Central School District

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District Notices

The Annual District Meeting of the Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene at 6:30PM on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at which time it is anticipated that the Board will move immediately into Executive Session to discuss Collective Bargaining and the employment history of specific individuals. The public meeting will reconvene at approximately 7:30PM in the South Orangetown Middle School Auditorium, 160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt.

POLICY REVIEW: The Board of Education is currently reviewing school district policies. Click here to go to the Policies Under Review webpage.

SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT

What is the Smart Schools Bond Act?
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 New York State Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.

How much will SOCSD receive under the plan?
The District was allocated $1,029,143 under the SSBA. The state will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the South Orangetown Smart Schools Investment Plan. The plan is for Infrastructure Cabling (School Connectivity) and is in alignment with the district’s Capital Improvement Planning process. Smart Schools bond funds remain available until the district has used its entire allocation.

Is there any local cost associated with the SSBA purchases?
There is no local cost associated with purchases made under SSBA projects.

What is the timeline for the plan?
The Board of Education approved the focus for the SSBA project at its February 10, 2022 meeting. (View the presentation here.) Board of Education approval for the SSBA is on the agenda for the March 31, 2022 meeting.

Will there be a public hearing on this plan?
A public hearing was held on April 19, 2022 during the Board of Education meeting.

What is the scope of this project?

  • Remove old and abandoned network cabling. ($204,493)
  • Install new Network Cabling. ($652,050)
  • Install Telecommunications Grounding System to protect equipment. ($80,040)
  • Enhance Telecommunications Rooms. ($92,560)
  • Total Project Cost $1,029,143

If you wish to comment on this plan, please contact:
George Brady, Director of Technology
[email protected] | 845.680.1010

SOCSD American Rescue Plan (ARP)/Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Funding Proposal
Posted July 1, 2021
As stated during the 2021-22 budget presentation, the District has been allocated $3,696,781 from the American Rescue Plan (ARP)/ Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. This is a grant-funded program better known as the ARP/CRRSA ESSER Monies. The District will be spending these funds based on the draft plan that was previously presented to parents and community members. The majority of this grant is targeted to provide services and supports to students to address learning loss and regression and mental health at all four schools. These supports will run in the summer and throughout the school year and allow every student an opportunity to participate.

  • The District has specifically targeted monies to provide additional support for students in the area of reading at the elementary levels.
  • The District is also looking to provide ongoing access to the new instructional tools that students learned to use and found highly engaging, including those for social emotional learning.
  • SOCSD is also seeking to recoup monies expended related to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, cost of required health and safety training, contact tracing, daily screening tools, cleaning supplies and provision of free school meal service.
  • The District will also recoup monies incurred by purchasing technology equipment for staff and students.
  • The ARP/CRSSA GEER monies are targeted to:
    • Provide direct support for academic needs at the secondary level through the creation of a student academic support center where students can drop in to request assistance at any time during the day. This will be partnered with the new Tappan Zee High School Counseling Center.
    • To provide additional reading support at the secondary level.
    • To expand fall/spring learning institutes.
Activities authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act    $300,000.00
Resources necessary for individual schools      $24,000.00
Activities to address students in need of additional support      $20,424.00
Supplies to clean and sanitize the facilities    $200,000.00
Mental health services      $62,150.00
Summer learning and enrichment activities    $211,000.00
Academic activities to address lost instructional time      $50,000.00
Projects to enhance indoor air quality    $360,000.00
  $1,227,574.00

Public comment on the proposed use of ARP funding ended on August 20, 2021; CRRSA/ESSER and GEER 2 funds ended on June 15, 2021.

District & Community Events

Scroll down to view Events (one-time activities) and Programs. Click here for e-Backpack submission guidelines. Click here to go to the PTA webpage for PTA and TZ Red & White events, activities and updates.

EVENTS

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
May 1-31
Can you find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet in and around the library? Parents (and dictionaries) can help, too. Find all 26 and get a sweet treat! For more information, visit: www.tappanlibrary.org/

LEGO Lab
Monday May 23, 4PM
Grades K-5: You bring your imagination, we’ll supply the LEGOs! Register at tappanlibrary.org.

Move & Groove
Tuesday, May 24, 11:30AM
Ages 1-6: Sing, dance, clap, and stomp along with Miss Jolie and her ukuele!  Held at Sparkill Memorial Park. Register at tappanlibrary.org.

Family Movie: Encanto
Friday, May 27, 2PM
All ages: Half day of school?  Enjoy this Oscar winner for Best Animated Film on our big screen. Register at tappanlibrary.org.

Rockland County Youthfest 2022
Sunday, June 12, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Interact with over 150 Rockland businesses and programs. For more information, visit rocklandgov.com/departments/youth-bureau/youthfest/

ONGOING PROGRAMS

The Town of Orangetown Spring 2022 Programs
The Town of Orangetown Parks and Recreation department is happy to announce the return of its Movies in the Parks Series, beginning Friday, May 6. Please click the link below to find out about the movies and more including  – Comic Book Class, Pickleball and Skyhawks Sports Programs: https://www.orangetown.com/document/2022-spring-program-flyers/

The Rockland YMCA has resumed before and after school childcare programs for South Orangetown students. For information or to register, visit the YMCA’s School Age Child Care webpage or call (845) 727-1037.

Preschool Storytime (In-Person/Virtual)
Wednesdays, 11:00AM (Ends 5/25)
Ages 3-5 with an adult: Shake your sillies out with stories, songs, parachute play and more. Register at tappanlibrary.org.

Baby/Toddler Storytime (In-Person/Virtual)
Thursdays, 11:00AM (Ends 5/26)
Infants to 2 years with an adult: Have fun with your little one with music, puppets, scarves and a short book. Register at tappanlibrary.org.

Paws for Reading with Bonnie Jean (via Zoom)
Mondays (monthly), 4:00PM-5:00PM
Ages 4 and up: In this online program, children read one-on-one with Bonnie Jean, a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) and her handler, Maura. Children select a book to read to Bonnie Jean before the program begins and spend 10-15 minutes reading aloud. Register at www.palisadeslibrary.org.

Robotics with Ozobot
Tuesdays, 5:00PM-5:45PM (Session 1 begins January 18; following sessions continue until May)
Grades 2-6: Students, using the small but power-packed Ozobot robots, work collaboratively and creatively to program their robots to maneuver through different landscape adventures and games. Participants can enroll in multiple sessions. More information at http://www.ramapoparks.org/page/after-school-programs–37.html.

Lego Academy (Grades 1-8)
Grades 1-5 sessions are on Tuesdays, 6:15PM-7:15PM (Session 1 begins January 18; following sessions continue until May)
Grades 3-8 sessions are on Thursdays, 4:45PM-5:45PM (Session 1 begins January 20; following sessions continue until May)

Students learn to build and program LEGO We-Do robots by creating models of simple machines and animals with easy-to-use intuitive drag-and-drop software — learning the basics of engineering and programming while having fun! Upon the completion of each set of projects (Beginner, Extended and Advanced) students will earn a certificate and will be able to move on to more fun and challenging projects. Participants can enroll in multiple sessions. More information at http://www.ramapoparks.org/page/after-school-programs–37.html.

Flight Simulator
Wednesdays, 4:30PM-6:00PM (Session 1 begins January 19; following sessions continue until May)
Grade 5-adult: Students learn what it is like to pilot an airplane by exploring the science of aerodynamics and the physics of flight. Using the cockpit flight instruments, students learn to perform takeoffs, fly designated routes, and land various types of aircraft. New and experienced pilots welcome! Participants may enroll in multiple sessions. More information at http://www.ramapoparks.org/page/after-school-programs–37.html.

Computer Programming with Scratch
Thursdays, 6:15PM-7:15PM (Session 1 begins January 20; following sessions continue until May)
Grades 3-6: Students are encouraged to think creatively and work collaboratively while learning computer coding skills. Using SCRATCH software allows students to program their own interactive stories, games and movie animations. Participants can enroll in multiple sessions. More information at http://www.ramapoparks.org/page/after-school-programs–37.html.