Voters Approve School Budget and Other Propositions

East Greenbush Central School District residents approved all three propositions on this year's Budget Vote and Board Election ballot, including a $104,840,470 budget for the 2022-23 school year, the purchase of eight school buses from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and the establishment of a new Capital Reserve Fund. More than 84% of voters approved of the school budget, which maintains all programs and has no tax levy increase.

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Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The Dignity for All Students Act was signed into law in September 2010, to ensure that students throughout New York State attend school in a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, on school buses or at school functions.

Definition of Terms:
Harassment/Bullying is defined as the creation of a hostile environment through actions or words that intimidate, or are abusive.  In addition, actions are considered harassment if they will interfere — or have the potential to interfere — in a student’s education or in a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health and well-being.

Types of harassment and bullying include:

  • Verbal: Name-calling, teasing, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm.
  • Social: Spreading rumors about someone, excluding others on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, embarrassing someone in public.
  • Physical: Hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things, making mean or rude hand gestures.

The East Greenbush Central School District is committed to providing all students an educational environment free of harassment and bullying.  As required by the legislation, each District school building has a Dignity Act Coordinator.  The District also has a new Code of Conduct that complies with the legal requirements of the Dignity Act.

To shape a school environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality, each school building has implemented a character education program that develops key character traits such as honesty, tolerance, personal responsibility, respect for others, courtesy and observance of laws and rules.  More information about the program can be obtained by contacting Building Principals or Dignity Act Coordinators.

Everyone in the District, from students to staff, is encouraged to report instances of bullying and harassment immediately to Building Principals, Building Level Dignity Act Coordinators or the District Dignity Act Coordinator, Marissa Cannon, Director of Human Resources.

Dignity Act Coordinators

 

Building Name Position Email
Bell Top Michaela Cassella Social Worker CassellaMi@egcsd.org
DPS Tiffany Rinehimer Social Worker  RinehiTi@egcsd.org
Green Meadow Maria Fontaine
Laurie Scaringe
Social Worker  FontaiMa@egcsd.org
ScaringeLa@egcsd.org
Genet Karen Sheridan Social Worker  SheridKa@egcsd.org
Red Mill Maria Fontaine Social Worker  FontaiMa@egcsd.org
Goff James Eggleston Social Worker  EgglestonJa@egcsd.org
Columbia Audra Di Bacco
Lois Byrd-Rondeau
Social Worker  DiBaccAu@egcsd.org
RondeauLo@egcsd.org
District-wide Marissa Cannon Director of Human Resources CannonMa@egcsd.org

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