BCSD Superintendent Updates

  • Update about Proposed 2024 Capital Project

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 2/27/2024

    February 27, 2024

     

    Dear Beacon Community:

    At last night’s Board of Education meeting, we discussed the need for a new capital project to continue to address our building and program needs in the district.  We have developed, with the Facilities Committee of the Board, key areas we want to address in all of our buildings.  These areas of need were identified by the state-mandated building conditions survey that our staff completed with our architecture team.  We need to modernize the infrastructure of all aspects of our buildings and we also want to address programming through improvements to the theater, the tennis courts, and the baseball and softball fields at Beacon High School. We also propose the creation of cooling centers in the cafeterias and gyms for all of our schools that lack central air conditioning.  The cost of the proposed capital project is $49 million.  These upgrades will improve the educational experience of our students and staff as well as the larger community who take advantage of our facilities.  We are excited to bring this proposal to the community!!

    The following areas are to be addressed in this proposed capital project:

    Programmatic Upgrades

    • Many classrooms will receive new flooring, ceilings, lighting, windows and window treatments, and doors.
    • Upgrades to BHS theater and stage area
    • Playground equipment at Sargent and Glenham
    • Upgrades to tennis courts, baseball and softball fields
    • Cooling centers in the cafeterias and gyms of all elementary schools and RMS

    Critical Building Systems- HVAC Upgrades

    • Boilers, pumps, unit ventilators
    • Ventilation improvements in the pool area of BHS
    • Upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems

    Building Envelope

    • Roof replacements and rebuilding soffits
    • Masonry repairs
    • Significant amount of window replacements and select exterior doors

    Accessibility and Regulatory Compliance

    • Accessibility improvements
    • Asbestos abatement and compliance with DEC

    Safety and Security

    • Create more secure visitor entrances to our schools
    • Replace outdated fire alarms and PA systems
    • Upgrade emergency lighting
    • Interior and exterior doors

    Energy Efficiency and Performance

    • Interior lighting
    • Roof insulation
    • Upgrades to windows, doors, and HVAC to improve energy efficiency

    There is a financial tax impact to this proposed project.  If the assessed value of your property is $400,000 the yearly tax increase with Enhanced STAR is $134.00, the increase with STAR is $157.00, and without STAR is $170.00.

    I am excited to schedule meetings to discuss the proposed capital project in more detail at all of our schools, and different community locations, and we will offer some virtual sessions as well before a proposed vote on May 21. We are working on a calendar for these meetings and will publish it in the coming weeks.  We will create an FAQ section of the website as we get questions throughout the process.  I will also update the community about the capital work taking place this summer in our current capital project in the coming days.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Matt Landahl

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  • Superintendent Update - February 24, 2024

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 2/26/2024

    Superintendent Weekly Update February 24, 2024

    Latest Bulldog Bulletin!- Check out the latest Bulldog Bulletin for amazing stories from our students and staff at this link: https://bit.ly/3wqJJNw

    Lines of Demarcation Film Screenings- Please Check it Out!

    Lines of Demarcation

    Upcoming Sports Events

    Monday, February 26

    Boys Varsity Basketball Section Pre-Lims at Red Hook HS at 6:00

     

    Wednesday, February 28

    Girls Varsity Basketball Section Semis at Red Hook HS at 6:00

     

    Save the Dates for Music in Our Schools

    Tuesday, March 5 Secondary Instrumental Concert at BHS at 7:00

    Thursday, March 7 Secondary Vocal Concert at BHS at 7:00

     

    Check out the Book Bash on Friday, March 15!

     Book Bash

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Matt Landahl

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  • Superintendent Update - February 14, 2024

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 2/14/2024

    Superintendent Weekly Update February 14, 2024

    Half Day for Professional Development on Friday, February 16

    The dismissal times are:

    BHS- 10:30

    RMS-11:00

    Elementary- 11:40

    If there is a weather-related need for a two-hour delay, we would communicate that early and it would mean no school for students on Friday, and staff would report on a two-hour delay.  

    Harlem Wizards Tickets Still on Sale for Friday, February 16

    It is a really fun family event if you are looking for something to do!  You can purchase tickets online at Harlemwizards.com.  The proceeds support RMS and BHS PTOs and the BHS National Honor Society.

    Film Screening- Lines of Demarcation- Memories of Beacon’s Black Communities from the 20th Century

    By popular demand, there are three more community screenings around Beacon coming up in February 2024.

    Saturday Feb 24, 2:00 pm - St. Andrew and St. Luke’s Church (15 South Ave.)

    Tuesday Feb 27, 6:00 pm - Beacon High School / Seeger Theater

    Thursday Feb 29, 6:00 pm - Howland Public Library (Q&A to follow)

    The project was spearheaded by the Rise Up Project, a congregational ministry of St. Andrew and St. Luke Episcopal Church, and supported by the Foundation for Beacon Schools, the Beacon City School District, the City of Beacon’s Community Funding Grant Program, and local history organizations and partners. 

    Spring Sports Information

    Family ID is open and spring sports information is below

     Spring_2024_Beacon_Athletics_Information.pdf (118.7 KB)

    Upcoming Home Athletic Events

    Wednesday, February 14  

    Girls Varsity 4:45 at BHS

    Thursday, February 15 Boys 

    Freshmen Bball, 4:30 at RMS

    JV Boys Basketball 4:30 at BHS

    Varsity Boys Basketball 6:00 at BHS

    Monday, February 19

    Boys JV Basketball 1:00

    Boys Varsity Basketball 2:30

    Have a great rest of your week!

     

    Matt Landahl




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  • Superintendent Update - February 8, 2024

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 2/8/2024

    Superintendent Weekly Update Thursday, February 8, 2024

    Happy Black History Month! We will be sharing our different activities this month focused on Black History on district social media accounts and in the Bulldog Bulletin!  Check out the Lines of Demarcation film listed below as well!

    Check Out- You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown by the Beacon Players Younger Company- on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 and Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 at BHS.  Tickets are $10 at the door

    Film Screening- Lines of Demarcation- Memories of Beacon’s Black Communities from the 20th Century

    By popular demand, there are three more community screenings around Beacon coming up in February 2024.

    Tuesday Feb 13, 6:00 pm - Beacon High School / Seeger Theater

    Saturday Feb 24, 2:00 pm - St. Andrew and St. Luke’s Church (15 South Ave.)

    Thursday Feb 29, 6:00 pm - Howland Public Library (Q&A to follow)

    The project was spearheaded by the Rise Up Project, a congregational ministry of St. Andrew and St. Luke Episcopal Church, and supported by the Foundation for Beacon Schools, the Beacon City School District, the City of Beacon’s Community Funding Grant Program, and local history organizations and partners. 

    Reminder for the Harlem Wizards Game on Friday, February 16 at BHS

    We are looking forward to seeing you there.  You can still purchase tickets at https://harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets/

    Also a reminder that we will implement our large event security procedures at the game.  All entrants will be wanded by security before they enter and we ask that you leave bags and backpacks at home or in your car. Thanks!

    Upcoming Home Athletic Events

    Thursday, February 8 

    Girls Modified Basketball at 4:00 at RMS

    Boys Modified Basketball at 5:30 at RMS

    Friday, February 9

    Boys and Girls Bowling at 3:00 at Schneider’s Fishkill Bowl

    Boys Freshmen Basketball at 4:30 at RMS

    Boys Varsity Basketball at 4:30 at BHS

    Boys JV Basketball at 6:00 at BHS

    Tuesday, February 13

    Girls Varsity Basketball at 5:00 at BHS

    Reminder

    Friday, February 16 is a half-day for students to allow for professional development opportunities for staff.  

    Have a great rest of your week!

     

    Matt Landahl

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