Ithaca City School District



Join us at the E3 Conference at Ithaca High School on July 30, for an engaging conversation about creativity and innovation in education. 


Friday, July 25, 2014
ICSD Board of Education thanks Seth Peacock for his service to the board

The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education noted the departure of former vice president of the board and Interim City Court Judge Seth Peacock at its board meeting on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The board and Superintendent Luvelle Brown thanked Mr. Peacock for his decade of service to the school district and congratulated him on his recent appointment as an interim Ithaca City Court judge by Mayor Svante Myrick.

“Seth was first elected to the board of education in 2005 and in May 2014 was re-elected for the fourth time. His tenure is marked by his dedication to students and the entire Ithaca community, and we wish him well in his new role,” said Board Member Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell.

Mr. Peacock was the longest serving member on the recent board and he was largely responsible for encouraging the district to televise its meetings. As vice president, he helped provide leadership and stability during the district’s superintendent transition.

Upon his recent appointment, Mr. Peacock was no longer eligible to serve on the board as Section 2502(7) of the New York Education law precludes anyone holding a city office from also serving on the board of education. Board member Chris Malcolm will replace him as vice president of the board.

Mr. Peacock’s departure created an open seat on the board of education, which board members voted to keep vacant until the next annual election. Leaving the seat vacant is one of the three options outlined by ICSD Board of Education Policy 2150 for filling vacancies on the board. The board’s other options were to appoint another board member to complete a one-year term or to call a special school district election to fulfill the remainder of Mr. Peacock’s term.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tennis Courts Closed

The tennis courts at Ithaca High School are being resurfaced and will be closed between July 28 and August 15.


Friday, July 18, 2014
ICSD meal prices to increase to accommodate new USDA Guidelines

Due to new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, the price of breakfasts provided to students in the Ithaca City School District will increase for the 2014-2015 academic year. While students were previously offered fruit or vegetable options with breakfast, the changing guidelines now require the district’s Child Nutrition Program to mandate that students be given a fruit or vegetable with the morning meal. Additionally, the program is now required to provide all whole grain products.

“The guidelines are a good thing for our students’ nutrition, but the changes do incur a rising cost to the program,” said ICSD Child Nutrition Program Director Denise Agati.

Elementary and high school breakfasts in the district will increase by 15 cents, and the price of middle school breakfasts will increase by 10 cents. Despite these changes, lunch prices in the district will remain at the same rate for the third year in a row and the price of reduced meals will remain at 25 cents. The new meal prices are below.

  • Elementary school: $1.50 breakfast, $2.50 lunch
  • Middle school: $1.50 breakfast, $2.75 lunch
  • High school: $1.75 breakfast, $3.00 lunch

“Providing healthy, affordable meals to students is our priority, and we are committed to producing quality meals from fresh ingredients,” said Agati. The Ithaca City School District Child Nutrition Program incorporates farm to school practices by purchasing fresh produce from local farmers. Additionally, the program uses these fresh ingredients to prepare plant-based recipes from scratch. 


Monday, July 14, 2014
Apply for Pre-K by August 1

The Pre-K application deadline is August 1, 2014. Visit our Early Childhood Programs page to download an application and review frequently asked questions about the program.