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.


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. 


Tuesday, April 08, 2014
A message from Dr. Brown about the impact of the GEA on the budget

Understanding the GEA and its Impact on the Budget

The recent release of the projected 2014-2015 State Aid for New York State school districts does not relieve the Ithaca City School District community from the fiscal stress caused by the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The current budget includes the elimination of $2,878,223 in state aid for ICSD for the 2014-2015 school year. In other words, under the current GEA, the state restored $477,106 to Ithaca City School District. If the GEA had been eliminated, ICSD would have received $3,355,329.

The total amount of State Aid estimated for ICSD is $28,220,870 for 2014-2015. In the 2008-2009 school year, we realized a total of $25,954,903. The figures equate to an insignificant 8 percent increase over 6 years which lags severely behind increases in salary and operational costs as well as the additions of unfunded mandates put upon districts by the State.

The Gap Elimination Adjustment was first introduced in 2010-2011 by Governor Paterson as a temporary measure to help close the budget deficit. Since 2010, we have had a total of $20,915,950 withheld from our district. The New York State Governor’s office is currently promoting a surplus of over 2 billion dollars. 



Monday, April 07, 2014
ICSD Insider Volume 35


Click here to read Volume 35 of the ICSD Insider.