Capital Project Information

School Name Change

On July 2, 2018, the Hudson City School District Board of Education passed a resolution to change the name of the M.C. Smith School from Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School (MCSIS) to Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School (MCSES).* This change reflects the addition of primary wing, which will bring our entire elementary community under one roof (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5).

*Effective July 1, 2018, as approved by the New York State Education Department

Nearing the Finish Line

(February 13, 2018) -- It has been two years since voters in the Hudson City School District approved our capital improvement project, and we are proud of our progress up to this point. The final stage of the capital project is to complete the transition to a two-campus school district.

The merging of the John L. Edwards and the M.C. Smith Schools is scheduled to occur in September 2018, at which point the M.C. Smith School will become a unified PK-5 elementary building. As we prepare for the transition, there are several points of consideration to ensure a smooth process.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's February 2018 column* for more details about the upcoming transition.

*Please note that date of the JLE Parent/Teacher Conference Night has been changed since the time of publishing. The new date is Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

New Traffic Pattern at Jr./Sr. High School Begins on November 20, 2017

On Monday, November 20, 2017, the new driveway on the north side of the junior/senior high school campus will open. Effective 11/20, the new entrance/exit should be used for:

  • High school student and district office staff parking
  • Drivers dropping off or picking up students who go to the high school (arrival and dismissal)

Changes to the traffic pattern affect student/district office staff parking and high school parent drop off/pick-up only (until further notice). High school staff, visitors and school buses should continue to enter the parking lot through the main entrance. Parent drop off/pick-up will not be permitted to come down the main driveway.

If you have a student to be dropped off/picked up at the Junior High School, please use the entrance next to the Elks Lodge (201 Harry Howard Avenue).

aerial view of new driveway and traffic pattern

The goal of this part of the capital project is to help improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, especially during arrival and dismissal. The new parking lot configuration also includes a new turnaround section to allow vehicles to loop around the lot to exit. By offering an alternative entrance/exit, fewer vehicles will need to cross in front of the campus’ main entrances or wait behind school buses during dismissal.

As shown in the aerial image (above, courtesy of the Wheeler Drone), the new entrance/exit is a two-way road that opens onto Joslen Boulevard. The intersection, which was previously a three-way stop, will now be a four-way stop. The district received a signed letter of approval from the Town of Greenport Highway Department in January that granted permission for the district to build a new driveway in this location. The only times this intersection will experience higher than usual volumes of traffic are during arrival and dismissal (about 8 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. on school days).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the District Office at 518-828-4360, ext. 2101.

Project Photos

Below is a photo album documenting some of the progress of our Capital Project. Click on the photo to view the entire album.

Capital Project Construction (2017)

(Last updated on July 30, 2018)

Past eNewsletters

Click here to view the March 23, 2018 editon

Click here to view the October 27, 2017 editon

Click here to view the March 24, 2017 edition

Click here to view the October 28, 2016 edition

Click here to view the October 14, 2016 edition

Click here to view the August 25, 2016 edition

Click here to view the July 15, 2016 edition

Click here to view the June 20, 2016 edition

Click here to view the June 17, 2016 edition

Click here to view the May 12, 2016 edition

Click here to view the April 15, 2016 edition

Click here to view the March 20, 2016 edition

Capital Project Overview

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, voters approved the financing for HCSD’s Capital Project, allowing the District to restructure and make improvements that can benefit students and the entire community. Thank you to everyone who took the time to learn about the project and cast their votes.

The Capital Project proposition passed, 611-399 (click here for a breakdown of the results). With this approval, HCSD can now move forward with the design phase. Through this process, the district will continue to share information and listen to feedback from staff, community organizations and residents.

Project Goals

The project will address important needs such as:

  • Replacement of aging infrastructure items that are nearing the end of their useful life
  • Increased efficiency in terms of space and energy usage
  • Improvement of classroom instruction by reorganizing grades to make better use of space and shared resources
  • Provide students and the community with safer and more useful athletic facilities
  • Safety issues related to bus loops and traffic patterns as needed
  • Planned maintenance and repairs


Project Timeline

Infographic showing tentative timeline of project

The above infographic details the estimated project timeline:

  • Fall 2016
    • Submission of track/field building detail & design to the NYS Education Department for review and approval
  • Spring/Summer 2017
    • Track/field construction is estimated to begin, pending contractor bidding
    • Pending NYSED approval, construction for the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Intermediate School is anticipated to begin and continue through the summer of 2018
  • Fall 2017
    • The new track/field complex on the High School campus is expected to be completed
    • Grade 2 should be ready to move into their newly renovated wing at MCSIS
  • Spring/Summer 2018
    • The project should be approaching completion by this time and finished prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year

Capital Project Video (January 2016)

More Information

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In the News

August 2017 -- Please note that since the Register-Star transitioned to, some links may not have transferred. We are hoping to have the issue resolved soon.

Presentations and Public Meetings

On Monday, May 23 and Monday, June 6, 2016, representatives from Rhinebeck Architecture informed the Hudson City School District Board of Education about the progress and vision of the district’s Capital Project. Members of the community were invited to attend.

If you were not able to attend either of these meetings, a summary will be provided in an upcoming edition of the Capital Project Update eNewsletter (sign up here).

The next Capital Project Conversations are scheduled for:

  • To be determined

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, the Board held a public forum to discuss natural turf versus artificial turf for the new athletic field.

If you would like to request a presentation to be made to your organization, please contact the District Clerk, Leslie Coons, at 828-4360 Ext. 2100.

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(Last updated on March 23, 2018)