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Arlington Central School District, New York

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Arlington Central School District
Dutchess County, New York
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Brendan Lyons
Enrollment:9,471 students
Graduation rate:89%[1]
Number of schools:12
Budget: $191.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Neil Martin
Board members:9
Term length:3
Arlington Central School District is a school district in New York that served 9,471 students in 12 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 19th-largest by enrollment in the state of New York.

About the district

Arlington Central School District is located in Dutchess County, New York.
Arlington Central School District is located in Dutchess 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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Dutchess County (%) New York (%)
White 82.7 71.2
Black or African American 10.7 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 3.7 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 11.0 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Dutchess County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 63,031 34.08
Republican 55,502 30.01
Independent 10,891 5.89
Constitution 3,635 1.97
Working Families 842 0.46
Green 471 0.25
Other 74 0.04
Unaffiliated 50,512 27.30

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.[5] 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.[6]

School board

Arlington Central School District is overseen by a nine-member board, all of whom are elected at-large to three-year terms.[7]

Arlington Central Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Christine Baxter 2016
Peter Bodnar 2017
Jennifer Eraca 2016
Pauline Herr 2017
Kelly Lappan 2016
Edward L. McCormick 2015
Charles E. McLeod, Jr. 2015
Steven Rossi 2015
Jim Shuttleworth 2017

School board elections

See also: Arlington Central School District elections (2014)

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.[8]

—Arlington Central School District website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Arlington Central School District:[10][11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $138,912,885 76.2% $2,602,745 1.4% $12,002,196 6.6% $13,634,105 7.5% $5,093,033 2.8% $182,244,964
2013-2014 $144,404,660 75.6% $11,594,459 6.1% $11,615,384 6.1% $12,735,193 6.7% $5,433,963 2.8% $191,133,727
2014-2015 $135,241,088 69.9% $11,428,220 5.9% $11,440,890 5.9% $12,749,667 6.6% $22,658,529 11.7% $193,518,394
Averages: $139,519,544.33 74% $8,541,808 5% $11,686,156.67 6% $13,039,655 7% $11,061,841.67 6% $188,965,695

Teacher salaries

Arlington Central School District employed 680 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] 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:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 51,452 96,222
M.A. 55,353 105,169

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.[2]

District schools

Arlington Central School District operates 12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Arlington Central School District
School Name
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

Academic performance

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:[1]

  • 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.

Student Proficiency Levels, English Language Arts, 2012-2013
Grade District (%) State (%)
3 39 31
4 33 30
5 36 30
6 32 30
7 40 31
8 37 34
9-12 89 81

Student Proficiency Levels, Mathematics, 2012-2013
Grade District (%) State (%)
3 41 34
4 34 36
5 32 30
6 35 31
7 29 28
8 27 28
9-12 94 84


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."[14] The budget was approved by voters in the May 2014 election.[15]

Contact information

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Arlington Central School District
144 Todd Hill Road
LaGrangeville, NY 12540
Phone: 845-486-4460

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Data NYSED, "School Report Card Data (2012-13)," accessed June 17, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Dutchess County, New York," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. 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
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Poughkeepsie Journal, "Deputy superintendent moves into new role in July," June 8, 2013
  7. Arlington Central School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed June 17, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Arlington Central School District, "1230 Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed June 17, 2014
  10. Arlington Central School District, "2013-2014 Educational Plan and Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  11. Arlington Central School District, "2014/15 Educational Plan and Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  12. Arlington Central School District, "Agreement between the Arlington Central School District and the Arlington Teacher's Association," accessed June 17, 2014
  13. Arlington Central School District, "Schools," accessed June 17, 2014
  14. Poughkeepsie Journal, "Arlington schools list big changes; district aims for smooth transition," April 10, 2014
  15. Arlington Central School District, "Arlington Proposes a Budget Under the Tax Levy Cap for the 3rd Year," accessed April 10, 2014