Cost Analysis: A Study to Examine the Utilization of the District's Schools

  • October 2020 Update:

    In early 2020, The Hendrick Hudson School District began exploring a grade-based reorganization of its elementary students, commonly known as a Princeton Plan approach. A committee comprising school and community stakeholders was formed to study the feasibility of such an approach, however, the Governor’s Executive Order closing schools in March forced us to temporarily put the brakes on the process.

    The committee is now ready to resume its efforts and will be meeting next month for the first time.  In order to better gauge where the school community stands on this topic, we are asking for your input on a brief survey. Please click HERE to participate.

    No decisions have been made to adopt any recommendation at this point, and if a recommendation is to be implemented, it would not occur until September 2021, at the earliest.

    As the process unfolds, the district will be scheduling meetings for families and community members, so that questions can be addressed and next steps can be established.

    You can stay informed via the district website, email communication and social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter at (914) 257-5112 or joseph.hochreiter@henhudschools.org.

    Background

    In 2017 the Hendrick Hudson School District was made aware that the Indian Point nuclear facility, located within the district’s boundaries, was planning to shut down by 2021.

    The closure will directly affect the district’s financial future. Indian Point was a reliable business partner to the district for decades, and Entergy’s payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) have been a source of stabilized revenue – revenue that was slated to continue until 2025. The PILOT payments comprise approximately 30% of the district’s total revenue and help keep residents’ property taxes among the lowest in Westchester County.

    By 2025, the final year of the currently negotiated PILOT, the district would have received just shy of $27 million. However, due to the shutdown, the district will only receive $1.3 million. Relying on taxes to make up the difference would mean that residents’ property taxes could increase 13% every year for the next four years.

    A year ago, the Board of Education commissioned a Cost Analysis Study to examine potential cost-saving measures. The aim of the study was to examine the utilization of the district’s schools to determine if we would experience significant cost savings by:

    • Reorganizing elementary students
    • Moving fifth grade to Blue Mountain Middle School
    • Reducing class sections at the high school, based on enrollment      

    The study was completed in November 2019, and in January 2020, the Board expressed interest in exploring the feasibility of implementing the Princeton Plan (a grade level-centered approach) to commence no earlier than September 2021.

    Please revisit this website page frequently for updates related to the district’s Cost Analysis Study.

    COMMUNICATIONS ARCHIVE

    Click Here to Access the Cost Analysis Study

    Video: Presentation from 02-12-20 BOE Meeting

    Video: Presentation from 01-08-20 BOE Meeting

    Video: Presentation from 12-04-19 BOE Meeting

    Powerpoint Presentation: Cost Analysis Study

    Email to Parents 12-06-19

    Email to Parents: 01-10-20

    Cost Analysis FAQ

    Superintendent Audio Update 12-20-19