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Today, 10/25/2014
High: 66 Low: 49
Mostly sunny
10% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/26/2014
High: 64 Low: 44
Partly sunny
6% chance of precipitation.

School Snapshot...


Congratulations to seniors Evan Cain, Ariel Goldszmidt, Sasha Clarick, Noah Baron, and Rohan Cherian-Ashe on being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their exceptional performance on the 2013 PSAT exam. Of the 1.5 million students that took the exam, these students ranked among the top in the nation. In addition, Ariel Goldszmidt was named a national semi-finalist and is eligible for numerous academic scholarships.
 


Spotlight

Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy & Security  The State Education Dept has created a Data Security Bill of Rights, in order to comply with a July 29, 2014 deadline imposed by the Legislature.

Update on IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

Message From the Superintendent


Dear Dobbs Ferry Community Member,

On Tuesday, October 21st residents of the Dobbs Ferry School District will be asked to vote on a very important Capital Projects proposal for $16 million that will update and improve our School District facilities. Like many homeowners, the District needs to periodically invest in its “school home” to ensure that our buildings and grounds are safe, clean, code compliant and conducive to teaching and learning.

Based on recommendations from the District’s Facilities, Finance and Athletics Advisory Committees, the Board of Education has decided to seek voter approval to issue a bond for $14.2 million to cover the majority of the cost.  The remaining cost will be covered by the District Reserve for Capital Projects. Because the District is simultaneously retiring debt, taking advantage of low interest rates and bundling infrastructure and athletic projects to maximize State Aid, there will be no significant tax increase for Dobbs Ferry taxpayers

The District will be holding another Capital Projects Community Forum on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 7:00 PM at Springhurst, to familiarize the community with details of the proposal.

The Capital Projects proposal encompasses the following projects:
Approximately 67% entails Facilities Infrastructure Updates & Health and Safety Projects:
  • Improve High School building infrastructure (replace slate roof and add snow guards/replace all windows in HS/abate 3rd floor ceiling)
  • Update High School/Middle School health and safety features (upgrade electrical service/ replace ventilation system/install AC in HS 3rd floor and gymnasium)
  • Upgrade Springhurst health and safety components (install energy recovery units/new electrical service/provide gas as alternative fuel source/install AC and ventilation)
Another 26% covers Athletic Facilities projects:
  • Install turf for multi-purpose field and new bleachers at Springhurst
  • Build four District/community tennis courts at Springhurst
  • Renovate existing Dobbs Ferry High School turf field
Performing Arts/Auditorium and Technology and Innovation account for 7% of the cost:
  • Furnish and install balcony seating in auditorium to increase capacity/abate asbestos to enable future improvements to auditorium
  • Renovate High School/Middle School library to create collaborative learning labs/flexible work areas/enhanced community meeting space
Please visit the School District website at www.dfsd.org to review the 2016 Capital Projects Recommendations PowerPoint presentation and updates (click on link in the SpotLight Section) as well as other important background information.  If you have any specific questions after looking over the proposal, please email me at bradyl@dfsd.org.

A stronger District means a stronger Dobbs….these projects will benefit every citizen of Dobbs Ferry, especially our students. Please remember to put the Capital Projects Community Forum date--Wednesday, October 15th @ 7:00 PM at Springhurst-- on your calendar. Thank you for your consideration.

Best Regards,

Lisa Brady, Ed.D
Superintendent

District Calendar

Saturday, October 25
2014 Pumpkin Fair
10am-3pm - Springhurst
Free Admission
Click for more information
ACT Testing
(Not in DF)
Monday, October 27
"A Day"
Tuesday, October 28
"B Day"
Wednesday, October 29
"C Day"
Early Dismissal
One Hour for Professional Development
Finance Committee
6:30 PM - Board Room
Special Board Meeting
6:30 PM Board Room
Thursday, October 30
"D Day"
Friday, October 31
"A Day"
MS Halloween Extravaganza
2:15pm
Springhurst Halloween Parade
Monday, November 3
"B Day"
Student Activities/Athletic Committee
6:00 PM Board Room
Tuesday, November 4
Superintendent's Conference Day - No School for Students
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, November 5
"C Day"
Early Dismissal
One Hour for Professional Development
Thursday, November 6
"D Day"
BOE Regular Meeting
7:00 PM - MS/HS Library
Friday, November 7
"A Day"
HS/MS End of 1st Quarter
MS Picture Retakes
Springhurst Photo Makeup Day
Saturday, November 8
SAT's

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