Arlington Central School District, New York
|Arlington Central School District|
|Dutchess County, New York|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Brendan Lyons|
|Number of schools:||12|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Neil Martin|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Arlington Central School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtDutchess County, New York. The county seat of Dutchess County is Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County was home to an estimated 296,916 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Dutchess County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.5 percent of Dutchess County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Dutchess County was $71,508 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Dutchess County was 9.1 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The superintendent of Arlington Central School District is Dr. Brendan Lyons, whom the school board appointed to the position on July 1, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Lyons served as the executive principal of Arlington High School and as the deputy superintendent. His annual salary as superintendent is $200,000.
Arlington Central School District is overseen by a nine-member board, all of whom are elected at-large to three-year terms.
|Arlington Central Board of Education|
|Edward L. McCormick||2015|
|Charles E. McLeod, Jr.||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Arlington Central Board of Education are elected to three-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Arlington Central Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to hear and respond to public comment, and therefore encourages public participation at Board meetings. There will be a specific agenda item at each Board meeting to provide an opportunity to address the Board.
A reasonable period of time, not to exceed 30 minutes (which may be waived by a majority vote of the Board), shall be set aside during the first part of each regular and special Board meeting during which the community citizens, school personnel, and school students may openly express themselves directly to the Board. Persons wishing to speak should first be recognized by the President, then identify themselves, any organization they may be representing at the meeting and the agenda topic they wish to discuss. Comments should be kept as brief as possible and relate to school matters.
The President is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public comment, the appropriateness of the subject being presented, and suitability of the time for such a presentation. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.
—Arlington Central School District website, (2014), 
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Arlington Central School District employed 680 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. The salary schedule accounts for a graduate degree by providing a higher starting salary and a greater potential salary. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Arlington Teacher's Association for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Arlington Central School District
Arlington Central School District served 9,471 students during the 2011-2012 school year. Arlington Central School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Arlington Central School District operates 12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Arlington Central School District|
|Arlington High School|
|Arlington Middle School|
|Arthur S. May Elementary|
|Beekman Elementary School|
|Joseph D'Aquanni West Road Intermediate|
|LaGrange Middle School|
|Noxon Road Elementary School|
|Overlook Primary School|
|Titusville Intermediate School|
|Traver Road Primary School|
|Union Vale Middle School|
|Vail Farm Elementary School|
The New York State Education Department facilitates assessment of student performance throughout the state in English language arts and mathematics. These annual evaluations determine where students fit into the State Testing Program's standards for grades three through eight and high school. The following tables detail how the school district compared to state averages across grade cohorts in both categories, with percentages indicating students who reached Level 3 or higher on state tests.
The New York State Testing Program assesses student performance based on a four-point scale for each test category:
- Level 1: Below Standard: Student performance does not demonstrate an understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
- Level 2: Meets Basic Standard: Student performance demonstrates a partial understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
- Level 3: Meets Proficiency Standard: Student performance demonstrates an understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
- Level 4: Exceeds Proficiency Standard: Student performance demonstrates a thorough understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
Budget cuts and school closures
Since 2010, Arlington Central School District has experienced significant budget shortfalls and student enrollment decline. When local residents rejected a district budget proposal at the ballot box in 2010, district officials closed LaGrange Elementary School and moved their offices to the former school building in order to reduce district spending by $1.1 million. On November 12, 2013, Superintendent Brendan Lyons provided the Arlington Central Board of Education with a budget plan for the 2014-2015 school year that featured significant reforms. These changes included closing Arlington Middle School and moving students from Arthur S. May Elementary School to the former Arlington Middle School building in order to close the Arthur S. May Elementary School building.
District officials acknowledged that the school closure plan would result in the loss of 23 full-time positions and that other budget cutbacks would lead to a total staff reduction of 31 full-time positions. The board approved the plan on January 28, 2014. Local parent Laurie Leal criticized the plan, arguing that the transferal of students would burden teachers and adding, "I think the school closures are disgraceful. Schools are more than building[s]. It’s our community." The budget was approved by voters in the May 2014 election.
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- Data NYSED, "School Report Card Data (2012-13)," accessed June 17, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Dutchess County, New York," accessed April 10, 2014
- New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Voter Enrollment by County, Party Affiliation and Status - Voters Registered as of November 01, 2013," accessed April 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Poughkeepsie Journal, "Deputy superintendent moves into new role in July," June 8, 2013
- Arlington Central School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed June 17, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Arlington Central School District, "1230 Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed June 17, 2014
- Arlington Central School District, "2013-2014 Educational Plan and Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
- Arlington Central School District, "2014/15 Educational Plan and Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
- Arlington Central School District, "Agreement between the Arlington Central School District and the Arlington Teacher's Association," accessed June 17, 2014
- Arlington Central School District, "Schools," accessed June 17, 2014
- Poughkeepsie Journal, "Arlington schools list big changes; district aims for smooth transition," April 10, 2014
- Arlington Central School District, "Arlington Proposes a Budget Under the Tax Levy Cap for the 3rd Year," accessed April 10, 2014