Watch our video! District-Wide Capital Improvement Bond Referendum
On May 21, 2019, the Mahopac Central School District will present a proposition to voters for a capital improvement project. Watch our video to learn more.
What is included in the proposition?
• STEAM and Science facilities • Convert libraries to multimedia centers • Music & Performing Arts area upgrades • Athletic fields and facilities • Infrastructure & Energy efficiencies • Security Enhancements
How much will this cost? • Total Cost = $53.9 million • Approximately 90% of the work is expected to be eligible for state aid at a rate of 58.1%. This means NEW YORK STATE WILL PAY $28 MILLION • This project will be TAX NEUTRAL because borrowing for this bond will begin when existing debt payment is expiring
What is a Capital Project? A capital project is a way for a school district to make SUBSTANTIAL UPGRADES AND INVESTMENT in its buildings and facilities while spreading the cost over a number of years. It enables the district to complete IMPROVEMENTS OF A LARGER MAGNITUDE than what would otherwise be possible within the scope of a single annual school district budget.
Just as our homes need improvements over time, such as a new roof or an upgrade to an aging furnace, so too do school buildings, subject to daily wear and tear and loss of efficiencies from outdated equipment.
If the proposition is approved, when will the work be done? The New York State Department of Education has to approve the plans and the district will then go out to bid and award contracts. It is anticipated that work would begin in 2021 and much of it would be completed by the end of the summer in 2022.
How Were Costs Minimized?
The Buildings & Grounds Committee:
Included only the most pressing projects with the greatest impact on students
By opting to address these facilities improvements through a capital project, much of the cost becomes eligible for New York State aid.
How can the district say there will be no tax impact? By strategically timing the payments on this capital project, the Board of Education is avoiding a school tax impact. Old debt from previous capital projects, now completed, is retiring between 2019 and 2022. The new debt from this capital project is expected to begin in 2023 so the net effect will be tax neutral.
Who decides what needs to be done? A group of school leaders, parents and community members was charged with reviewing the district’s most pressing facilities needs. This diverse group:
Conducted a COMMUNITY SURVEY
Reviewed the district’s Building Condition Survey
Report filed with the state
Why is it important to invest in our schools? • Nearly 30% OF HOME BUYERS LIST SCHOOL QUALITY as a deciding factor in their purchase. • Quality facilities support ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. • Better buildings drive TEACHER RETENTION. • Communities that have strong, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH SCHOOLS have a solid workforce, improved housing options and A FLOURISHING ECONOMY.
Who can vote? You may vote if you are all of the following: • A resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote • 18 years of age or older • A U.S. citizen • Registered with the school district or the Putnam County Board of Elections
Register to vote Go to the District Office MONDAY TO FRIDAY, FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. UNTIL MAY 14. Extended registration will be available on MAY 14 UNTIL 7 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION or to obtain ABSENTEE BALLOTS, contact District Clerk, Melody LaRocca at LaroccaM@mahopac.k12.ny.us or 845-628-3415 x 10550.
How do I vote? Voting for the Capital Improvement Plan will take place at the same time as voting on the proposed school district budget and the election of trustees for the Board of Education. May 21, 2019 ★ 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Mahopac High School gymnasium
National World Language Honor Society Inductions, 4/27, 7PM
National Honor Societies for German, Italian and Spanish will be conducting a joint induction ceremony in Mahopac High School auditorium on Wednesday, April 24, 7 pm
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Did you know Decicco's Jefferson Valley gives back to MHS?
Mahopac High School PTO is participating in the Decicco'sSchool Rebate Program in Jefferson Valley: A percentage of your store purchases will be donated back to our school at the end of the program.
Please encourage your family members and friends to support our school. When checking out please let the cashier know to put in Mahopac High School so we may earn rewards. You will receive all discounts and sales when using our rewards program.
Due to the inclement weather, the Five-Hour Driving Pre-Licensing will be offered March 26th, Room 215, 5pm – 10pm, at the Mahopac High School. Please contact Betsy Tobias at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-628-3256 for more information.
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Incoming 9th Grade Curriculum Information
Due to inclement weather conditions, we understand some Mahopac families were not able to attend the incoming 9th Grade Curriculum Night held Thursday, 1/31. The following is a video link of the presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXatb6F2HXA
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2019 - 2020 REGISTRATION FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
MAHOPAC CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 2019 - 2020 REGISTRATION FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
Must be five years old on or before 12/01/2019 (No Exceptions)
Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year will be held at The Office of Central Registration located at The Falls District Office, 100 Myrtle Avenue, Mahopac, between the hours of 8:15 am and 3:00 pm on the following dates:
- Austin Road ES: January 7th, 9th & 25th, February 5th & 7th
- Fulmar Road ES: January 14th & 16th, February 1st, 26th, 28th
- Lakeview ES: January 11th, 22nd, 24th, 28th & 30th
Las siguientes fechas son para las familias que necesitan asistencia en Español: 11 de febrero
Registration is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment and request a registration packet, please contact the Office of Central Registration at 845-621-0656, Ext. 13902.
Augmented Reality at Mahopac High School! Students can download the ROAR app to find out more about HS clubs and happenings using augmented reality! Thank you Jason Zides, Educational Technology Specialist, for working with our students to make this happen.
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MCSD Website Accessibility
It is critically important to the Mahopac Central School District that the information on our website be accessible to individuals with visual, hearing or cognitive disabilities. As a result, the District has made good faith efforts to ensure that our site complies with New York State standards on website accessibility (New York State OFT Policy, P04-002, Accessibility of State Agency Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications) and with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to the best of our technical ability.
As part of Mahopac Central School District's commitment to accessibility, we have adopted an industry-leading Web Accessibility solution called AudioEye. AudioEye helps ensure that our websites are optimized to provide users with an accessible experience by conforming to WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines. The AudioEye technology utilizes a toolbar, which will appear on the bottom right side of our webpages, and includes a suite of free assistive web personalization utilities that allows our users to customize their experience in order to meet their needs. Click here to learn more about AudioEye.
ACCES-VR Services (VESID) ACCES-VR Services are for transitional and vocational support for students with disabilities after high school. For more information please visit the ACCES-VR website. Students entering their senior year in high school are eligible to apply for ACCES-VR services. Applications are available through the student's special education teacher.
New York State Career Zone Provides up to date career information for over 900 occupations and offers features to assess a student's interests, develop a career portfolio, and access NY Mentor (a NY college and academic database).
Naviance Students can log onto their Naviance Family Connection account to access a personality type inventory and a career interest profiler that would match them with possible careers.