board of education



Members


Deirdre Burns, President 
32 Chestnut Street 
Rhinebeck, NY 12572 
Email: dburns12@frontiernet.net 
(845) 876-0376 
Term Ends: June 2014

Mark Fleischhauer, Vice President 
146 Rhinecliff Road 
Rhinebeck, NY 12572 
Email: mfleisch@hvc.rr.com 
(845) 876-5311 
Term Ends: June 2015

Diane Lyons, Trustee 
665 Willow Brook Road 
Clinton Corners, NY 12514 
Email: lyons6970@optonline.net 
(845) 266-8861 
Term Ends: June 2015

Lisa Rosenthal, Trustee 
404 Sepasco Center Street 
​Rhinebeck, NY 12572 
Email: lisa10023@yahoo.com 
(845) 876-1086 
Term Ends: June 2016

Deirdre d'Albertis, Trustee 
​36 Haggerty Hill Road 
Rhinebeck, NY 12572 
Email: dalberti@bard.edu 
(845) 876-0411 
Term Ends: June 2016

Laura Schulkind, Trustee 
14 Peacock Road 
​Rhinebeck, NY 12572 
Email: lschulkind@gmail.com 
(845) 876-8253 
Term Ends: June 2016

Joseph Phelan, ​Superintendent 
P.O. Box 351, 45 North Park Rd. 
Rhinebeck, NY 12572 
Email: jphelan@rhinebeckcsd.org 
(845) 871-5520  

Meg Todisco, Clerk of the Board 
P.O. Box 351, 45 North Park Rd. 
Rhinebeck, NY 12572 
Email: mtodisco@rhinebeckcsd.org 
​(845) 871-5520    


Rhinebeck Central School District Mission & Core Values

The Rhinebeck Central School District is an educational community that provides an excellent learning environment and is dedicated to the development of every student’s generosity of spirit, passion for learning, and ultimate success. The Rhinebeck Central School District meets the changing needs of our community with courageous programming consistent with State Standards and mindful of best learning practices. Each student enjoys an enriching experience while mastering the skills and knowledge to reach his or her maximum potential. We educate our students to become self-directed learners, complex thinkers, collaborative workers, quality producers, community contributors, and ethical decision-makers. 

We believe that a quality education includes:

  • Safety and Health: Students and staff need a healthy and safe environment.

  • Resources: A successful education program requires appropriate facilities, equipment, and materials

  • Respect: We respect and honor the dignity and worth of ourselves, others, and our environment.

  • Responsibility: Each person is responsible for what he or she says and does.

  • Courage: Courage is required to grow, change, take risks, and make commitments.

  • Integrity: Personal integrity develops as one attends to and becomes increasingly ethical in one’s speech and actions. Adults model this process.

  • Whole Child: In order for students to be successful, their emotional, social, physical, and academic needs must be met.

  • Collaboration: The education of our students is a process involving the entire educational community: students, teachers, administrators, non-instructional staff, Board of Education, families, and the community at large.

  • Student Achievement: Continuous growth and improvement occur when there is use of best practices, an articulated/ aligned curriculum and pertinent data.

  • Recognition: Acknowledging and celebrating successes, large and small, nurtures growth and a sense of community.


We encourage you to attend Board of Education meetings whenever you can. You can also watch the meetings online. Thanks to Mr. Vincent Nugent, English teacher and AV Club advisor at Rhinebeck High School, and our high school’s AV Club student staff, BOE meetings are taped and saved on the Rhinebeck Schools youtube channel. The recordings are also provided to PANDA (Public Access Northern Dutchess Area) TV for broadcast on their cable access channel for Time Warner cable customers in the Rhinebeck area.Recordings of Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education meetings are normally posted within a few days of the meetings, which normally take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.  

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