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RCSD Community Update: 5/13/22

Dear RCSD Community,

Please, please mark your calendars to come out and vote next Tuesday in the 2022-2023 school district budget and Board of Education election. In Rye, this is traditionally a very low voter turnout event. For the past five years, voter turnout averaged around 18% of all registered voters in Rye. This means that every vote truly does count! Please grab a friend or a child or several (free civics lesson) and head to the polls! They are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the RMS Gym and we have blocked off the RMS parking lot for voters to use, so you will not experience the traditional parking spot hunting exercise that usually accompanies a trip to the RHS/RMS campus. It is so important that all voters come out and vote on Tuesday!

The RCSD 2022-23 school district budget is tax cap-compliant and fiscally-responsible. It maintains all programs, ensures excellent class sizes, funds critical mental health support programs, and expands the District’s special education services to meet the needs of all our students. It also supports the District’s technology infrastructure, funds debt service for the ongoing capital projects, and expands the District’s very successful engineering and robotics program to the High School. 

This year, in addition to voting on the school district budget, voters will be asked to consider a second proposition that would allow the District to use reserve lunch fund monies to pay for air conditioning and upgrades to the fresh air ventilation system in the High School cafeteria. This is a tax-neutral proposition, meaning that it costs taxpayers nothing. If you have ever been in the High School cafeteria in the warmer months, you can attest that the food is not the only thing that’s cooking.

We have two candidates running for two seats on the Board of Education, making this an uncontested election. The candidates are Jane Anderson and Jennifer Boyle. Both candidates are currently serving on the Board of Education.

To learn more about the budget, Proposition 2, and the candidates, please click here to read the District’s annual Budget Newsletter or here to watch the Budget Hearing at our last Board of Education meeting.

End-of-Year School Calendars

The end of the school year is a busy time at the schools, full of events, half-days, and, for the first time, the Juneteenth holiday (celebrated this year on Monday, June 20). Thankfully, we are back to our regularly scheduled celebratory chaos at the end of the school year after two years of COVID-19 cancellations. It’s enough to make your head spin! To help everyone keep track of all the comings and goings, we are creating refrigerator calendars for the final weeks of June at the elementary, middle, and high schools. Look for those in your email in-boxes and on the home page of the District website on Monday.

MLB Pitcher George Kirby, RHS `16

If you’re a close follower of Major League Baseball, you may have seen that George Kirby, a Rye High School graduate (Class of 2016), made his Major League debut this past Sunday pitching for the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays. He had a terrific six-inning outing in front of 32,000 fans, and in the stands that day were friends from Rye High School and college (Elon) along with his extended family. Congrats to George on a truly stellar MLB debut!  If you want to catch his next outing, he is currently scheduled to be the starting pitcher in Saturday’s game against the New York Mets. While I am a lifelong Mets fan, I will be rooting for George all the way this weekend.

COVID-19 Cases 

We are no longer reporting case numbers on a weekly basis. Below, please find the New York State Dashboard where you may check school case numbers whenever you like -- we continue to report case counts to the state on a daily basis. The link is: https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/searchResults

Have a fantastic weekend!

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools