Ithaca City School District


Building on the Ithaca City School District's commitment to transparency and community engagement, Superintendent Brown is asking participants to share their thoughtful ideas, feedback and suggestions for consideration and appropriate action by the district's leadership team. Visit the YourVoice portal today.


Friday, April 18, 2014
Join us for a Community Conversation


Thursday, April 10, 2014
Board Meeting Update

Superintendent Brown, along with members of the Board of Education and district leadership team, hosted a live town hall meeting over the phone prior to the Board of Education meeting on April 8, 2014. They connected with almost 3,000 stakeholders, answering questions and engaging in a conversation about the 2014-2015 Ithaca City School District budget. The audio recording of the Tele-Town Hall is available on the district’s website.

The Board of Education meeting immediately followed the tele-town hall. During this meeting, Dr. Brown and members of the district’s leadership team responded to frequently asked questions received from the community regarding the 2014-2015 proposed budget scenarios. They called attention to the Budget FAQ page, which was recently added to district’s website.

Chief Operations Officer Amanda Verba shared updated state aid information and distributed a revised copy of the 2014-2015 proposed budget scenarios, now including tax levy and tax rate information. The revised 2014-2015 proposed budget scenarios document is available on the Budget Vote & Election page of the district website.

Superintendent Brown requested direction from the Board on which proposed budget scenario should be moved forward. Following much discussion, a motion was made by Board member Jay True to direct the administration to provide more detail, review and make a presentation on the budget for $113,774,956. The motion was approved 7-1. Board President Rob Ainslie clarified that while the Board did not adopt a budget and the budget process remains in the exploratory stages, it will eventually come up with a budget to present to voters that exceeds the tax levy limit and will therefore require 60 percent voter approval.

Comments, questions, concerns and suggestions about the budget should be submitted to the Listening Forum on the Your Voice portal on the district website at To submit, enter feedback, select “General Nature” and address to the Chief Operations Officer. Questions submitted via the Your Voice portal may be answered during the Board Meeting budget discussion on April 22, at the Budget Hearing on May 6 or on the Budget Vote & Election pages of the district website.


Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Board of Education approves 2014-2015 Academic Calendar

At the April 8, 2014 Board meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar. The calendar can be found on the district website at

A proposed calendar was posted to the district website prior to the meeting, and staff, families and community members were invited to submit feedback and suggestions through the district’s YourVoice portal. Before the vote, both the Board of Education and members of the district’s leadership team reviewed these submissions and comments.


Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Tele-town Hall Recording

The recording of last night's tele-town hall is now available. Please click here to listen.

Members of the Board of Education and the leadership team addressed questions about the upcoming 2014-2015 budget vote. Almost 3,000 stakeholders were reached by the event. For more information about the upcoming budget vote, please visit the Budget Vote and Election page on our website.