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Special Election - November 5, 2018



At the regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Downsville Central School District, held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Superintendent’s Office, the Board of Education approved to hold a Special Election on November 5, 2018 for the purpose of filling a vacant seat on the Board of Education. 

Date of Special Election

A Special Election will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 in Room 110 of the school building between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 PM for the election of one member to the Board of Education.

Vote for Board Member

Petitions nominating candidates for the office member of the Board of Education must be filed with the Clerk of the District between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 2018.  The following vacancy is to be filled:

A term beginning on November 5, 2018 and expiring on June 30, 2020, due to the resignation of Board of Education Member, Charles Dunlap III.

Each petition shall be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the district and must state the name and residence of the candidate.  Nominating petitions are available at the District Office during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Absentee Ballots

Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the District Office. Such applications must be received by the District Clerk at least seven days before the vote set in this notice if the ballot is to be mailed to the absentee voter. Absentee ballots must be received in the District Office not later than 5:00 PM on the day of the vote.

A list of all persons to whom absentee votersballots have been issued shall be available for public inspection during regular office hours which are between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Any qualified voter, may upon examination of such list, file written challenge of qualifications of a voter of any person whose name appears on such list, stating the reasons for the challenge. Such written challenge shall be transmitted by the Clerk or designee to the Inspectors of Election on Election Day.

DATED:      September 20, 2018                  

By Order of the Board of Education of the Downsville Central School District 


Nancy L. Haynes, District Clerk

* * * NOTICE - Tax Bill Update * * *
The District has run into a number of technical issues outside of the district’s control involving the timely printing and mailing of this year’s School Tax Bills. District personnel are working diligently with our counties and service providers to set tax rates and prepare tax bills for mailing.  There will be an interest free period of 30 days to pay each tax bill once tax rates are set and bills are released.  The District will update this information when tax rates and tax bills are ready for property owners. 

September 7, 2018 - School Tax Bills Update 

* * * NOTICE * * *

Special Notice 

Downsville Central School is pleased to announce that for the 2018-2019 school year, the district will provide school meals (breakfast and lunch) to all students at no cost.  This is made possible through the Federal Community Eligibility Provision.

DCS believes that a child who eats healthy meals will learn better than a child who is hungry.  It is our goal to make sure that none of our students go hungry.  We urge all families to participate in this program by filling out and returning the free/reduced meal application that you will receive with the district calendar prior to the beginning of the school year as this will aide in benefiting other school programs as well.  

Please note the following:

            There will be a cost for snack milk, extra meals, snacks, ice cream etc.

            There will be no charging this year.

We ask that any family who has outstanding charges for the 2017-2018 school year, to please contact the business office to make the necessary payment arrangements so that everyone starts the new school year with a $0 balance.


Football News

The announcement was made that our football team (Downsville/Roscoe/Livingston Manor) will be moving to 8 man football this fall for grade 10-12 Varsity and grade 7-9 Modified.

Varsity practice will not start until Monday, August 20 and modified practice will start when school starts. 

With the new format the game schedule will include Sullivan County schools - Eldred, Fallsburg, Tri-Valley and Sullivan West making for local competition as well as Pawling, Dover and Pine Plains.  

Smart School Investment Plan
 At the regular meeting of the Board of Education held on Monday, November 27, 2017, the board approved the preliminary plan for the camera system technology updates for the use of $112,000 of the $115,816 allocated to Downsville Central School for the Smart School Bonds Funds.
For more detailed information, please click on the Building and Grounds Page of this website.  
Shared Services Committee Information
The Downsville-Livingston Manor-Roscoe School Districts have joined together for a shared services study.  For information and updates from the commitee, please check the Community section of this website.   
DCS Fitness Center - Community Use
 The DCS Fitness Center (weight room) is now open for adults in the community.  The hours will be 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  These hours are for adults only - no students.    
2017-2018 Free and Reduced Meal Application
Attention Parents:  The 2017-2018 Free and Reduced Meal Application is now available.  If you would like to apply, please fill out and return the attached application.  For the 2017-2018 school year the regular breakfast price will be $1.00 and the lunch price will be $2.05.

Please click "2017-2018 Free and Reduced Meal Application" for the application.
Home Work Help - Common Core Math

Attention Parents

Is the Common Core Making you CRAZY!! Help is on the way!!

The authors of the common core modules, Eureka Math, have a website you can visit for help.

Go to www.greatminds.net click on support, then parent support, and finally homework help.  Not all the modules are there, this is new so they are adding more as the year progresses.  Check it out and see if it makes homework time easier!

 - Karen Alers Title I Coordinator

Veterans Day Ceremony
Fri Nov 9 2018
Area All State Music Festival
Fri Nov 16 2018
to Sat Nov 17 2018

5-12 Winter Concert
Thu Dec 6 2018
PK-4 Winter Concert
Fri Dec 21 2018
5-12 Pops Concert
Thu Mar 7 2019
5-12 Pops Concert Snow Date
Tue Mar 12 2019
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