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 23, 2014
Elementary School Spring Open House

This year's Elementary School Spring Open House will be on Thursday, May 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The open house will be an opportunity for prospective parents to visit schools.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
ICSD Insider Volume 36


Click here to read Volume 36 of the ICSD Insider. 


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.