This page includes information for community residents, including information on the annual school budget vote, continuing education and community use of school facilities.
Attendance Rezoning Plan
East Greenbush Central School District has proposed changes to school boundaries for Bell Top, Genet and Red Mill to alleviate capacity issues at Bell Top due to current and projected enrollment growth in that zone. The proposed changes would enable the district to maintain its class size goals, alleviate space concerns at Bell Top, maintain efficiencies of staffing levels and transportation services and provide continuity of instruction to all students. More information.
Board of Education
The Board of Education is comprised of nine volunteer members from the community who are elected by district voters for three-year terms. Public meetings are held twice monthly. More information.
On the third Tuesday of each May, New York State residents go to the polls to vote on their school district budget and to elect members of the Board of Education. For more information on the budget, how to join the Budget Review & Advisory Committee (BRAC), voter eligibility or absentee ballots please visit the district’s budget section.
Columbia All-Sports Club
The purpose of the CLUB (Columbia All-Sports Club) is to promote all sports programs in the East Greenbush Central School District for the benefit of student athletic teams and programs. Through the voluntary efforts of its members, the CLUB seeks to enrich the educational experiences, expand postgraduate opportunities, and enhance the citizenship of the student athletes. More information.
East Greenbush offers a wide range of continuing education courses for adults during the fall and spring semesters. More information.
The East Greenbush Education Foundation, Inc. is an audited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds to support student achievement. Founded in 1985 and located in East Greenbush, NY, the Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation awards annual prizes to high school seniors as well as to students for participation in summer enrichment programs. Additionally, the Foundation is the sponsor of the Columbia High School Hall of Fame and the host of the Annual Gala banquet, the premier social event in the community. More information.
Information about open positions and how to apply is available online. More information.
District facilities are available to community groups for events and activities. Groups interested in applying for facility use should fill out forms and send to the building’s school principal at least 14 days prior to their event. Please note that facilities use will only be approved consistent with Board policy and applicable law. School activities, such as interscholastic sports and club events, will have first priority over outside groups, including events that need to be rescheduled. More information.
Friends of Music
East Greenbush Friends of Music (FOM) is a volunteer organization dedicated to fostering and enhancing the music education, performance ability and musical appreciation of all students of the East Greenbush Central School District. More information.
School Start Time Committee
Since September 2018, a School Start Time Committee has been studying the issue of Columbia’s start time and its impact on educational outcomes and district operations. Columbia’s start time of 7:10 a.m., which is the earliest in the Capital Region, was brought to the attention of district administrators as an issue by both parents and students. According to research, later school start times for adolescents may contribute to better physical and emotional health leading to improved academic outcomes for students. The committee has met regularly to determine if scheduling changes would improve the general welfare of students and how those would impact the school community. More information.
Smoking and Other Tobacco Use on School Grounds
Due to the health hazards associated with smoking, and in accordance with federal and state law, the Board of Education prohibits smoking and all other tobacco use in all school buildings, on school grounds, and in any vehicle used to transport children or personnel. Board policy.
For information on smoking cessation programs please visit www.NYsmokefree.com.
To ensure the safety of our students, it is the policy of the district’s Board of Education that all building visitors must report to the main office of the school they are visiting. The Board defines a visitor as a person not employed by the school district or not enrolled in the school in which he or she is visiting.
The district’s school tax bills are mailed to residents in September. Tax rates are calculated using final assessment figures provided by the district’s six towns and final equalization rates set by the State Office of Real Property Services in the summer. More information.