COVID-19 Updates and Information

Grades 3-5 will return for full time in-person learning starting Monday, April 26, which will fully reopen all elementary schools. The K-12 Full Remote program will still be available to families who choose that option. Due to state regulations, Columbia and Goff will remain in the Hybrid Model at this time. The East Greenbush CSD will continue to evaluate options for Columbia and Goff students to receive increased in-person learning at 6 feet social distancing where possible.

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Public schools are one of the most important institutions in our society. They provide every child with a quality education and prepare our youngest generation to be productive citizens. Yet schools are regularly being threatened through funding and legislation.

  • East Greenbush CSD has received the minimum Foundation Aid increase from the state in each of the past three years.
  • We received an additional $127,547 in Foundation Aid for 2019-20, an increase of just 0.0075 percent, which is less than the rate of inflation. Meanwhile, basic mandated needs continue to grow such as English as a New Language, mental health and special education. Those increasing services require more teachers, more support staff and new programs, which all add to district costs.
  • The legislative budget process decides the amount of Foundation Aid for each school district. In the era of the Tax Cap, when the legislature decides that the growth of Foundation Aid will be below the rate of inflation, school districts cannot raise local taxes to compensate and keep pace with inflation. There is no choice but to make reductions in expenditures, which means cuts to teachers and staff, academic electives and extracurricular programs.
  • In addition to the need for more state funding, we asked our legislators to support a list of seven proposals, not directly tied to an increase of funding, that would benefit school districts.

Our children need your help. Please advocate for your schools by contacting your elected representatives.


Mandates are a list of services that New York State requires school districts to provide. While some increase accountability and improve educational quality, they also limit flexibility and increase the cost of education.

Contact Your Elected Representatives

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Email form
Twitter: @NYGovCuomo


Assemblyman Jake Ashby
NYS Assembly District 107
District Office
594 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: 518-272-6149
Fax: 518-477-5404

Albany Office
LOB 720
Albany, NY 12248

Twitter: @JakeCAshby

Assemblyman John McDonald III
NYS Assembly District 108
Albany Office
LOB 417
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: 518-455-4474
Fax: 518-455-4727

Twitter: @johnmcdonald108

Senator Daphne Jordan
NYS Senate District 43
District Office
1580 Columbia Tpke, Bldg 2, Ste 1
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
Phone: 518-371-2751

Albany Office
LOB, Room 508
Albany, NY 12247

Twitter: @NYSenatorJordan


Congressman Paul Tonko
19 Dove St., Suite 302
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: 518-465-0700
Fax: 518-427-5107
Email form
Twitter: @RepPaulTonko

Congressman Antonio Delgado
256 Clinton Ave.
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-443-2930
Email form
Twitter: @DelgadoforNY19

Senator Charles Schumer
Leo O’Brien Federal Office Building, Room 420
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-431-4070
Fax: 518-431-4076
Email form
Twitter: @SenSchumer

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Leo O’Brien Federal Office Building
11A Clinton Ave., Room 821
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-431-0120
Fax: 518-431-0128
Email form
Twitter: @SenGillibrand