Roxbury shares teacher with Stamford as enrollment drops

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury and Stamford central schools have embarked on an experiment to share a high school science teacher, since neither school district has the funds to hire a chemistry and physics teacher of its own.

Faced with declining enrollment and reduced state aid, an increasing number of schools in the region are sharing resources, but Roxbury and Stamford appears to be the first to share a teacher in a core subject.  

RCS Board finalizes new budget

By Pauline Liu
The Roxbury Central School Board of Education unanimously passed a $9.6 million budget for 2012-2013 school year at its meeting on Wednesday.

The budget, with a tax levy increase of $81,906 or 1.38 percent, comes in just below the state mandated two percent property tax cap.  To the school’s administrators and the school board, it was latest in series of favorable developments for RCS, which included two awards and a $250,000 check to build a tech center.

Below the cap

FEMA, revitalization top roxbury agenda

By Pauline Liu
Monday night’s Roxbury Town Board meeting at the Grand Gorge Civic Center tackled an array of subjects, including reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for flood repairs, economic revitalization efforts, water district repairs, and community events.
Four town board members attended the meeting along with Town Attorney Kevin Young and

Highway Superintendent Steve Schuman. Board member Allen Hinkley was absent.

GRLIC to donate to RCS technology center

Roxbury — The Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) will make a formal donation of $250,000 for the creation of a media and technology center at Roxbury Central School (RCS) on April 11 during the regular board of education meeting beginning at 7 p.m. This donation will cover all of the expense associated with the project and will not require the use of taxpayer dollars.

Safety efforts earn Excellence Award for RCS District

Roxbury — Roxbury Central School District is one of 112 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the “2012 School Safety Excellence Award” from the Utica National Insurance Group. Roxbury received a “Titanium with Honors” designation, the highest-level award given.

Utica National officials presented the award at its 32nd annual school safety seminar, one of seven held in the state.

Roxbury students take prizes at state-level Olympiad

Roxbury — Over 11,000 Science Olympiad students from more than 400 New York State school districts began a six-month quest last fall towards the state finals. Only the best 54 survived the winter regional tournaments to participate in the “states” held at Canisius College in Buffalo last weekend.

RCS coaches have high hopes for baseball, softball teams

By John Bernhardt
For three seasons Roxbury baseball coach Greg Funck has watched his squad evolve. Hard work, a focus on fundamentals, and a healthy dose of patience are all a part of a baseball transformation that Funck believes should result in a Delaware League championship for his team this year.

“We’re setting the bar high this season,” Funck explained when previewing his team. “We want the league. We have a team that can compete with anyone on the baseball field this spring.”

Reading becomes a cakewalk for students at RCS

By Pauline Liu
When it comes to encouraging students to read, many parents feel that Roxbury Central School’s program takes the cake.

They mean that, both literally and figuratively. As part of a month-long reading celebration the school held its seventh annual Family Cake Decorating Contest last Wednesday night. It was attended by more than 100 people and it helped to raise about $700 for the reading program known as For the Love of Books or FLOB.                    

Jon Dykstra is a member of college band

Orange City, Iowa — Jon Dykstra, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, is a member of the Symphonic Band this semester.

The Symphonic Band will tour in Mitchell and Sioux Falls, S.D., March 30 to April 1, performing full or partial concerts in six venues. For concert times and details, visit

An evening of art and music in Roxbury

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group invites the public to attend an evening that jointly meshes art with song, transcending the viewer to a level of “six-senses perfection” on Saturday, March 24 starting with a 6 p.m. art exhibit opening and reception featuring the work of digital collage artist, Gwen Adler and collaborators on canvas and in song, Natalia Zukerman and Adrianne Gonzalez.

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