2020-21 Annual notifications

Student Records Policy:

“Opt-Out” Policy for Limited Directory Information
Minisink Valley Central School District is committed to providing the community with district news and information about student-related activities, events and achievements – through newsletters, media releases, the website www.minisink.com and the district’s Facebook page.

To facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has designated some limited categories of directory information that it may share, provided that parents have not opted their child out. These categories are: students’ name, students’ email addresses, parents’/guardians’ name, enrollment status, grade level and school of attendance, participation in school activities or sports, weight and height (for members of athletic teams), degrees and awards, and photos/video depicting the student.

Parents wishing to “opt-out” of releasing their child’s limited directory information without prior written consent for the 2019-20 academic year must notify their child’s school principal in writing by Friday, Sept. 28. This opt-out method is in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The full policy can be accessed on the Board of Education page of the district’s website.

FERPA notice

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1975 (FERPA) provides access to records, files, documents and other materials which contain information directly relating to a student. All parents/guardians of students under 18 years of age and students 18 years of age or older enrolled in a post-secondary school have the following rights under FERPA:

1. To inspect and review the student’s educational records

2. To be provided, on request, with a copy of all or part of the student’s educational records

3. To exercise limited control over other people’s access to the student’s educational records; however, the District has the right to share personally identifiable student records/information with individuals and institutions that have a legitimate educational interest in such records, without prior written consent of the parent/eligible student

4. To designate, in writing, a representative who will inspect, review or copy such records

5. To request and receive from the district a reasonable explanation of information contained in the student’s educational records

6. To challenge the contents of the student’s educational records and to seek to correct the student’s educational records, by contacting the building principal and, if the situation is not satisfactorily remedied, by requesting a hearing with the Superintendent of Schools

7. To report violations of FERPA to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

8. To obtain copies of the Student Records policy and regulations, contact the Records Access Officer Michael Giardina, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Minisink Valley CSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), disability, age, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic violence victim status, criminal arrest or conviction record, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal non-discrimination laws.

This nondiscriminatory policy includes the following areas: recruitment and appointment of employees, pay and benefits, and access by students to educational programs, course offerings and activities. Any inquiries and complaints regarding discrimination in the district may be referred to Michael Giardina, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

School Tax and Budget Information

The primary sources of funding for the district’s budget are state aid and school taxes. The 2020-21 budget includes a 4.81 percent tax levy increase.

For the STAR exemption, depending on when qualifying residents enrolled in the STAR program, taxpayers will either receive a direct deduction on their school tax bill, or receive a tax credit to apply to their 2020 tax return.

Collection periods are as follows: Sept. 1 – Oct. 1, 2020: No penalty. Payments made in full and postmarked no later than Sept. 30 will be accepted and processed without penalty. Oct. 2 – 31, 2020: Tax amount plus 2 percent penalty.

Tax payments received with 2 percent penalty and postmarked no later than Oct. 31 will be accepted and processed as paid in full. After Oct. 31, 2020: Tax payments postmarked after Oct. 31, 2020, will be returned to the taxpayer and reported as unpaid. Unpaid school taxes will be re-levied in January 2021 on town and county property tax bills, with additional interest and penalties as required by law.

About school tax bills and payments

School tax bills will be mailed to residents and businesses at the beginning of September, along with a pre-addressed envelope, to ensure payments are mailed to the school tax-payment automated processing center in White Plains, NY: MINISINK VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PO BOX 5047 WHITE PLAINS, NY 10602

Acceptable forms of payment are check, bank check or money order. Please do not send cash in the mail. Partial payments will not be accepted and will be returned to the taxpayer.

Federal Breakfast and Lunch Program

Children need healthy nutrition to be ready to learn. Minisink Valley offers healthy meals every day that school is in session. Students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. To see if you meet federal income guidelines and take part in this program, go to minisink.com, select the “Forms/Publications” tab and download the “Lunch Application 2020-21.” For more information, you may call the registrar, Diane Super, at 845-355-5812. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year

Board of Education

The Minisink Valley Board of Education consists of nine elected members from the community. They are volunteers who serve the community and school district without compensation.

Board members are: President Joseph Flaherty, Vice President William Cooper, Christopher Briecke,  Shawn Cahill, Kathlee DeRose, James Emery, Jr., Catherine Prezioso and Patricia M. Reynolds.

New start times for Board meetings
To help encourage additional community attendance at Board of Education meetings, regular board meetings will now begin at 7 p.m. Currently, meetings are held via Google Meet and the access information is provided in advance of the meeting. When/if in-person meetings resume, they will take place in Room 108 at the middle school. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.