2016 Kiryas Joel annexation documents

March 7, 2016 – Letter to the school district community from Superintendent Rodriguez

sent via email and posted on the school district website

Dear member of the Monroe-Woodbury community,

As you may recall in my letter dated October 16, 2015, the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Questar III BOCES, State Aid and Financial Planning to assess the short- and long-term financial impacts of the annexation of land to the Village of Kiryas Joel. While we have made progress, our research continues.

The district’s business office has been working with Questar to model state aid changes for M-W, which will be impacted by the addition of students from the land proposed for annexation. The model will incorporate two scenarios, one that considers 164 acres and one that considers 507 acres.

We know that both revenues and expenditures will be impacted. The basis for aid will be affected by changing property values and wealth factors. The main areas impacted by increased expenditures will be transportation, special education and related services for both public and private school placements. The model will also take into consideration historical figures from existing demographic data and projections.

This is a complex and time consuming project and we are committed to gathering comprehensive data that provides an educated projection of both short and long-term impacts to the district and our community. To that end, we have requested Questar to conduct additional research. We expect a preliminary report will be completed within a reasonable time frame after additional data has been analyzed by Questar III BOCES.

Please know we are working diligently to get answers that will help us shape a plan that is in the best interest of our students and our M-W families. I will share more detailed information when the research is complete.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools


November 9, 2016 – Letter to the school district community from Superintendent Rodriguez

sent via email and posted on the school district website

Dear Monroe-Woodbury parents and guardians,

On Monday, November 14, the Boundary Alteration Committee will be holding its second meeting. This group, consisting of administrators and board members from the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District and the Kiryas Joel Central School District, as well as leaders from local municipalities, will be furthering discussions related to the moving of school district boundaries.

To clarify, the decision to move boundaries will be made only after both districts have an opportunity to review data related to the 164 acres and evaluate the impact on our community. This multi-level process will take time.

Monday’s meeting, during which the Kiryas Joel School District will share their data, is the next step in these conversations. We will also review the legal process for changing school district boundary lines.

Monroe-Woodbury leaders are committed to making a decision that is in the best interest of our students, taxpayers and families.

I will keep you updated as conversations continue. Please visit the KJ Annexation page on the district website or contact me directly at erodrigu@mw.k12.ny.us or at 845-460-6200, ext. 6201, if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools


November 22, 2016 – Letter to the Community from Superintendent Rodriguez

sent via email and posted on the school district website

On November 15, members of the Boundary Line Alteration Committee held their second meeting at the Kiryas Joel Village Union Free School District to discuss potential outcomes related to the moving of school boundaries.

Kiryas Joel officials presented information on the following topics:

  • Special education
  • Transportation
  • Impacted parcels
  • Loss of property tax revenue

Monroe-Woodbury leadership appreciates this communication as we await the results of our independent report from Questar III. Once this report is complete, we will share the findings with the Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education and members of the community. Then we will provide the report to the Kiryas Joel leadership.
I will keep members of the community updated once the district has received the completed report from Questar III.

Sincerely,
Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools