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  • Open house at D.H. Robbins Elementary

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  • Staff and teachers at D.H. Robbins Elementary School will host an open house from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday.
    Staff introductions will take place at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. The evening will feature information on school expectations - such as behavior and academic - and a PowerPoint presentation called “The First Days of School,” by Christine Parry.
    Classroom presentations and visits will go by the following schedule:
    • Pre-kindergarten to Grade 1: 6:20 to 7:05 p.m.
    • Grades 2 to 3: 6:45 to 7:05 p.m.
    • Grades 4 and 5: 7:10 to 7:30 p.m.
    All teachers will be available in their rooms before and after their presentations. Special area and support teachers will be available in their rooms - library, physical education, art, music, AIS and special education. There will be an announcement over the public address system to conclude the open house.
    From 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. punch and cookies will be available in the cafeteria and Principal Rebecca Marzeski will be available to answer questions.
    “I’m really excited about this. It’s my first open house in the district, and one of the things I’m really looking forward to is having a forum with parents at the conclusion of the open house for punch and cookies where they can have a Q and A with the principal,” she said.
    The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District’s Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the middle school cafeteria.
    The agenda for the meeting will include an update on the school name change, discussion on the code of conduct and attendance policy and reports from the building principals.
    The district also announced new legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.
    The STAR program is a tax relief for homeowners, paid for through state taxes. It is not a new source of funding for schools and does not reduce or increase actual school tax rates. In the past, once homeowners applied for and received the Basic STAR exemption, they did not need to reapply unless they purchased and moved to a new primary residence.
    New in 2013, taxpayers currently receiving the Basic STAR exemption must register with the state by Dec. 31 in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. The state has mailed letters to homeowners explaining the registration process.
    Individuals already registered for a Basic STAR exemption do not have to re-register to receive their 2013 exemption. The school tax bill they receive this fall will show the total amount they are exempt from paying under STAR. The actual amount of the full value exemption is dependent on the individual city or town where the individual resides.
    Page 2 of 2 - Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement. They must continue to apply annually or participate in the income verification program, though.
    Homeowners may register for the STAR exemption online at http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/.
    Homeowners may also register by calling 518-457-2036.
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