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About Us

Cobleskill-Richmondville-High-SchoolWelcome to the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Just 40 miles west of the state’s capital in a community surrounded by dazzling scenery, quiet charm and a relaxed atmosphere is a school district rich in educational offerings. Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District was created in 1993 when two neighboring school districts in the heart of Schoharie County were consolidated.

At C-RCS, all students will be educated to their potential in a secure learning environment that enables and encourages each student to develop the essential skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be a positive, contributing member of our global community.

The Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District draws most of its students from the towns of Cobleskill and Richmondville — however, students also come from 13 additional surrounding towns. C-RCS serves about 1,750 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. We have two elementary schools: Ryder Elementary, which serves students in grades K-2, and Radez Elementary, which serves students in grades 3-5. William H. Golding Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 and Cobleskill-Richmondville High School serves students in grades 9-12. Our instructional staff consists of roughly 180 teachers, who are supported by six principals and assistant principals. C.R.E.S.T. (Cobleskill-Richmondville Elementary Support Team) serves as the district’s parent/teacher organization.

All district activities, programs, and goals are funded by an annual budget of roughly $36.6 million.

District Communication

The Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District website is updated many times throughout each week with stories, news, alerts and reminders. You will also find school and administrative contacts as well as the lunch menus, important forms, a calendar of district wide and school events, job postings, student and parent resources and much, much more. If you’re looking for something that is not on the website, please e-mail us, or call us at (518) 234-4032, ext. 2000 to let us know.

All district residents receive a special printed budget newsletter, which is sent out each spring before the May budget vote. Community members are also encouraged to “like” the district on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter and Pinterest.

Other important publications for parents include the Code of Conduct, the Student Handbook and the Parents Handbook. The most recent versions of these publications can be found on our forms and publications page.

District Mission Statement

To educate, inspire and empower each student to become a creative, engaged and productive citizen.

Our Vision

We aspire to graduate all students prepared to pursue their hopes and dreams.

Our Core Beliefs

  • Students are our number one priority.
  • We always deliver our personal best.
  • We believe everyone can learn.
  • We provide appropriate opportunities and supports to all.
  • We foster a climate of collaboration and partnership within our school and community.
  • We use data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
  • All are welcomed in a safe, positive, respectful and supportive environment.
  • We value integrity, diversity and respect for all.
  • Building relationships is paramount to our success.
  • We teach and nurture the whole child.

Our Strategic Plan

The Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District haws embarked on long-range strategic planning initiative that identifies immediate priorities and long-term goals through 2019.

Immediate Priorities

  • Identify and provide adequate supports to students in need pre-K to 12.
  • Implement a comprehensive K-8 plan to improve ELA and math performance.
  • Proactively identify students at risk of dropping out and implement supports based on root cause analysis.
  • Identify and then address the root causes of chronic absence.

2018 – 2021 Strategies

  • Engage in continuous learning.
    • Provide a continuum of rigorous curriculum and enrichment.
    • Evaluate and revise our data-driven plans to improve ELA and math performance.
    • Deliver sustained professional development for all faculty, staff and volunteers.
    • Enhance technology infrastructure, access, pedagogy and proficiency.
  • Foster a safe and supportive environment.
    • Attend to the social, emotional and physical wellness of our school community.
    • Identify and deliver targeted supports for at risk students.
    • Collaborate to improve transitions between buildings.
  • Collaborate with our community.
    • Implement parent involvement and engagement strategies.
    • Develop and sustain alliances to provide additional services and opportunities for our students and families.

Click here to view the entire plan [PDF].

The History of C-RCS

The CRCS District was created in 1993 when two neighboring school districts in the heart of Schoharie County were consolidated. This merger gave the district the advantage to build new facilities as well as renovate existing buildings and acquire equipment to support a modern educational program with a lower than average tax rate.

Since its inception, the merged district has invested more than $70 million in facilities and equipment through voter-approved capital projects. These renovations initially connected the Ryder (grades K-2) and Golding Elementary (grades 3-5) buildings to the Golding Middle School (grades 6-8), housing three schools on one campus in the Village of Cobleskill. Each of the buildings experienced the addition of classrooms and renovation of learning and teaching spaces. The Radez Elementary School (grades K-5) added several new areas including 15 classrooms, a library, a gymnasium, and a student lunch room. The Cobleskill-Richmondville High School (grades 9-12) was brand-new construction, opening in 1998. The high school is located in the hamlet of Warnerville. The EXCEL project allowed for the district to make safety and energy upgrades, as well as consolidate the K-2 and 3-5 schools to become the Ryder Elementary School, serving grades K-5. In 2011, the district realigned the elementary schools, dedicating Ryder Elementary to K-2 and Radez Elementary to 3-5.

Emergency Closings and Delays

When Cobleskill-Richmondville Central Schools are forced to close or delay the start of the school day or to dismiss students early due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, that information is reported on the district home page. Closing and delay announcements are also made on local television and radio stations. In general, when school is closed during the day, all afternoon and evening functions are also cancelled.

Make sure your child’s building office has your most recent contact information so that the school can reach you in the event of a closing or delay or when the need arises to share other important information by automated phone calls.

Click here for more information on how the district communicates closings and delays.