School officials at Hudson CSD recently notified the Hudson Police Department of a report made by two students regarding lewd behavior by a suspicious male off school premises on the evening of November 29, 2016. The incident occurred on the corner of State and 3rd after the bus dropped off students coming from the After School Program. Police were given a detailed description of the individual and are currently investigating the incident.
In light of this information and the proximity to our district, we feel it is important to make you aware of this incident. We ask that you remind your child about these important safety tips:
If you See something, Say something: if your child has a concern or issue, please ask them to speak with an adult immediately. If you or your child see something criminal in nature on or near school grounds, please contact district staff and the police.
Don’t talk to strangers: it is important to remind children about what to do if approached by a stranger, both online and in person.
For parents/guardians, we also ask that you know and follow your school’s protocols for picking up/dropping off your child, from where to park (to avoid delaying buses) to showing proper identification and signing into our schools.
As always, the safety of our students is our top priority, and while we do not wish to alarm you with this information, we felt sharing this information and safety tips with our school community was important.
District Insights: Volunteers help make it all possible
April is National Volunteer Month and April 18-22 is Public School Volunteer Week.
This is a time to recognize volunteers — those who donate their time to benefit others. Our school district needs funding to operate, of course, but it also benefits from all the community volunteers that help make things possible by donating their time to support the district and its programs.
Johnston & Pulcher Bus Co. honored with 2016 Friends of Education award
Tami Johnston and Debbie Pulcher of the Johnston & Pulcher Bus Company that serves the Hudson City School District were honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on April 20th at the Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner. This award is presented to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals serving students and their school community. Read more here
"Thank You" letter from Superintendent Suttmeier
The District was recently able to announce the great news that the Hudson City School District is no longer identified as a "Focus District" (more details in the Register-Star.)
Although addressed to parents/guardians, this "Thank You" letter from Superintendent Suttmeier really goes out to everyone. Coming off the "Focus List" is an accomplishment that would not have been possible without the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, parents and community partners!
Hudson CSD welcomes new School Business Administrator
Just in time for the new year, the Hudson City School District would like to welcome Sharifa Carbon, the new School Business Administrator for the district. Read more about Ms. Carbon and what she hopes to accomplish at HCSD.
Resolution to reimburse new substitutes for fingerprinting passed by Board
At the January 25, 2016 meeting of the HCSD Board of Education, the Board passed a resolution to reimburse the fingerprinting fee for new employees who apply to be substitutes.
After working five times, any new substitute employees (teachers, teacher assistants and aides, and kitchen substitutes) can complete a reimbursement form and then be reimbursed by a separate check, free of taxes, for the full amount of the fingerprinting fee.
The second community conversation regarding Hudson CSD’s long-range planning process, Vision 2020, occurred on October 1, 2015.
It was a follow-up session to the August 20th input session, at which community members responded to key questions built around the HCSD’s “Destination Graduation” commitment. These goals, established in 2013, have been the focus of the district’s ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students to prepare them for college, career and citizenship.
Read the feedback here. It includes input from both the August and October community conversations.
More information on the Destination Graduation initiative can be found online. For questions regarding the Vision 2020, please call the district office at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2101.
Message from the Board: Hudson CSD Board extends superintendent’s contract
The Hudson CSD Board of Education unanimously approved a contract extension for Superintendent Maria Suttmeier through 2020.
The new contract establishes a salary of $154,452 effective July 1, 2015. The salary listed by the State Education Department in the Register Star article was incorrect by using the Superintendent’s base salary from 3 years ago making the annual raise appear much greater.
The Board extended the contract in recognition of the Superintendent’s leadership and work, which includes helping to raise the graduation rate 15 percent since 2012.
The editorial did not reflect the fact that the Superintendent voluntarily opened her 5-year contract to move to a less expensive health insurance plan that requires greater out-of-pocket expenses. It also did not include the fact that such savings helped offset a portion of subsequent raises.
Hudson CSD is now saving $11,176 a year with the superintendent moving from family to individual coverage. Part of the savings was used to fund this year’s raise.
The Hudson CSD Board of Education looks forward to continuing to work with the superintendent, staff and community to prepare our students for the future. Residents are invited to attend a Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the John L. Edwards cafeteria. At the time we will be meeting to discuss long-term goals and how to work together to improve our schools.
District Insights: HCSD looks to future with Vision 2020
We acknowledge that our district must stretch itself beyond what we imagine possible and we should never settle for less. We are better today than we were yesterday and we will be even better tomorrow — our dimensions are being expanded by each step we take together toward Vision 2020. Read more >>
On August 20, 2015 more than 60 community members attended an input session on Hudson CSD’s long-range planning process.
Using a “facilitated conversation” process (often referred to as a “world café”), residents responded to key questions built around the Hudson CSD’s “Destination Graduation” commitment. These goals, established in 2013, have been the focus of the district’s ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students to prepare them for college, career and citizenship.
Download feedback from the August 20 session. More information on the Destination Graduation initiative can be found online. For questions regarding the Vision 2020, please call the district office at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2101.