Superintendent update regarding boundary line alteration

on August 18, 2017

Please visit the district’s Boundary Line Alteration page for the most recent communication, as well as archived correspondence. Instructions for signing up for the district resident notification list may also be found there.

August 18, 2017

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

I am writing to update you regarding events that took place this week in relation to the proposed creation of the Town of Palm Tree and how it impacts the potential school boundary line alteration.

The Orange County legislature held two public hearings this week regarding the creation of the Town of Palm Tree, during which hundreds of residents shared their opinions. Next, the legislature will vote on September 7 to determine whether a referendum will be placed on the ballot to allow Town of Monroe voters to have the final say on the separation. If the legislature votes to approve the referendum, Town of Monroe residents will vote on the matter on November 7.

As you may be aware, NYS Assemblyman James Skoufis recently announced a series of enhancements to the proposal to separate the Village of Kiryas Joel from the Town of Monroe and establish the new Town of Palm Tree. Under current law, if the proposed Town of Palm Tree receives approval, it would be officially created in January 2020.

Assemblyman Skoufis has pledged his assistance.

“I have proposed enhancements that would provide special funding specifically for the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District to completely offset tax revenue that would be lost as a result of a boundary line alteration,” said Skoufis. “The special funding for Monroe-Woodbury would be paired with legislation to accelerate the creation of Palm Tree. As a Monroe-Woodbury alumnus, I know firsthand how much a quality education helps shape lives and I will continue to work tirelessly in support of the school district.”

We are grateful to Assemblyman Skoufis for his continued support of the school district and the important work we do.

The Monroe-Woodbury Board of Education will be holding a regular meeting on Wednesday, August 23 to further discuss our most recent findings. We will continue to post updated information on the district website.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools