BCSD Superintendent Updates

  • Superintendent Update - May 10, 2023

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 5/10/2023

    Dear Beacon Community:

    I wanted to provide some quick informational updates.  

    Budget Webinar- Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 pm.  We changed the time so we could attend the Rombout spring concert!

    Here is the zoom link to attend: 

    We will provide an overview of the budget and viewers can submit questions.  It should be about 30 minutes.

    BHS Class of 2023- Where are they headed?

    • Arizona State University
    • Binghamton University
    • Bowdoin College
    • Brown University
    • Cornell University
    • Drexel University
    • Dutchess Community College
    • Fashion Institute of Technology
    • Hofstra University
    • King's College
    • Manhattan College
    • Marist College
    • Mercy College
    • Monmouth University
    • Mount Saint Mary College
    • Northeastern University
    • Northwestern University
    • Pace University
    • Purchase College
    • Smith College
    • SUNY Brockport
    • SUNY Cortland
    • SUNY Oneonta
    • SUNY Potsdam
    • Stony Brook University
    • Trinity College (Dublin)
    • University at Albany
    • University at Buffalo
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of Delaware
    • University of Hartford
    • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    • University of Vermont
    • Vassar College
    • Westchester Community College
    • Western Connecticut State University
    • United States Coast Guard

    We like to share where our graduates are headed every year!  

    Thanks and have a great day!

    Matt Landahl

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  • Superintendent Update - May 5, 2023

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 5/8/2023

    Dear Beacon Community:

    I wanted to provide a few quick updates for you.

    The 2nd annual BCSD Student Film Festival is taking place Saturday, May 13 at the Beacon High School theater. The film festival is growing and this year, there will be a 2:30 pm screening for elementary student films and a 6:30 pm screening for middle and high school student films. The range of short films and student talent on display is dazzling. Get your red carpet attire ready for this exciting family event. Tickets are available on the Foundation's website or at the door. You won't be disappointed!  

    BCSD Spring Concert Dates: 

    Tuesday May 9 - Glenham

    Thursday May 11 - RMS

    Tuesday May 16 - Sargent

    Wednesday May 17 - JVF

    Thursday May 18 - BHS

    Thursday May 25 - South Ave

    All of the concerts are at Beacon High School at 7:00.

    Reminder- Zoom Budget Webinar Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 

    We will post and send out the link on Wednesday.  Viewers can post questions and we will record it and post on Youtube.

    Have a great weekend!


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  • Superintendent Update - May 2, 2023 - Budget Vote & ElectionUpdate!

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 5/2/2023

    Dear Beacon Community:

    I am very excited to share some details about the 2023-2024 budget.  This budget supports all of our students and helps us move in exciting directions as a district.

    Upcoming Budget Information Opportunities:

    Monday, May 8 at 7:00 pm, Beacon High School the budget hearing will take place at the BCSD Board of Education meeting. 

    Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm we will host a Zoom webinar on the budget.  We will post the link next week.  Viewers can submit questions and it will be recorded and posted to Youtube.  Click here for more budget information: https://www.beaconk12.org/domain/583.

    Budget Vote

    May 16, 2023 6:00am-9:00pm at Beacon High School for City of Beacon Residents and Glenham Elementary for Town of Fishkill and Town of Wappinger Residents

    Proposition #1

    This proposition proposes a budget of $81,340,700 and allows us to levy the necessary tax.  It is a 3.48% increase over the previous year’s budget, and the levy increase is 3.61%.  The 2023-2024 budget maintains all of the gains we have achieved in the past few years: small class sizes, instrumental music beginning in 4th grade, an expansion of full-day pre-k, Italian as a second world language, expanded course offerings at the high school, and robust offerings of extracurricular activities for our students.

    We are also adding positions for the 2023-2024 school year.  A full-time social worker will join the mental health team at Rombout Middle School.  We are also adding a full-time world language teacher at Rombout to reduce class size and allow us to grow the program for Italian as a second world language.  We are adding a half-time music teacher at Rombout to further strengthen the program.  We are also adding a full-time pre-k teacher so we can offer six full-time pre-k classes.  In addition to these new positions, we are using federal monies to fund support staff for our academic interventions in elementary schools and the middle school.

    Proposition #2

    This proposition allows us to issue bonds of up to $530,000 to purchase vehicles for our bus fleet. We would purchase four buses: three seventy-two passenger buses, and one school bus van.

    Proposition #3 

    This proposition will allow us to purchase an electric-powered school bus for up to $466,000, but only if we subsidize the cost with grants of up to $250,000.  We have a team of people working on developing our infrastructure for electric vehicles.

    Proposition #4

    This proposition will allow us to bus students who live more than 1 mile from their home school.  Currently, we offer bussing for students who live 1.5 miles from their school.  Our estimated budget impact for this proposition is around $10,000.

    Board of Education Member Election

    The following people – Anthony White, Kristan Flynn, Eric Schetter, and Semra Ercin – are running for three three-year terms commencing July 1, 2023, and expiring June 20, 2026, and a one two-year term commencing May 16, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.


    Matt Landahl

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