Mrs. Rebecca Dunckel-King
Superintendent of Schools
7668 State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Lowville Families,
As we turn our attention from the warmer months to the quickly approaching fall season, I am reminded that this is a time for reflection and gratitude. The school year has started off well and is in full swing with students and teachers busy in the process of teaching and learning in our classrooms. The more time I spend at Lowville Academy, the more thankful I am for the dedication, teamwork, and community spirit the faculty and staff have. Throughout the elementary hallways, one can already see student work proudly displayed outside of the classrooms. Our sports teams and clubs are also in full swing! I am inspired and grateful by the “extra” the students and staff put into everything they do.
Superintendent’s Conference Day Scheduled for
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
School will not be in session on Tuesday, October 15 for all students. LACS faculty and staff will be taking part in district-wide professional development during that day. Classes will resume on Wednesday, October 16.
School Board Recognition
Thank you to the Lowville Academy Board of Education. Our board members make countless contributions to the community. They serve in a role with enormous responsibility and act as the tie between community and classroom. They are all deeply committed to our students, our faculty and staff, and our community.
President Thomas Schneeberger - 15 years
Michael Young - 33 years
Steven Lyndaker - 11 years
Rebecca Kelly - 9 years
Jeffery Hellinger - 8 years
Michael Judd - 6 years
James Farquhar - 5 years
Stephanie Houser Fouse - 4 years
Amy Marti - 1 year
Veteran’s Day - Monday, November 11th
On Monday, November 11th, we will pause as a school, state, and nation to say Thank You to those who sacrificed so that we may live in peace. We will observe Veteran’s Day in honor of every citizen who has served in the Armed Forces. The sacrifices made by our nation’s soldiers and their families reflects a deep commitment and belief in freedom and democracy.
The Lowville Academy School District has close ties with the families of the 10th Mountain Division. The dedication and sacrifice shouldered by the soldiers and their families is something every citizen should remember of November 11th.
Best wishes for continued success in the 2019-20 school year.
Superintendent of Schools
Property Tax Relief Programs
The School Tax Relief (STAR) program provides eligible homeowners in New York State with relief on their property taxes. In order to qualify, the property must be your primary residence.
If you're a STAR recipient, you receive the benefit in one of two ways:
the STAR credit program (open to any eligible homeowner whose income is $500,000 or less)-you receive a check in the mail from the Tax Department to apply to your school taxes
the STAR exemption program <https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/star-exemption-program.htm> (now closed to new applicants)-you receive a direct reduction on your school tax bill in the form of a property tax exemption
Enhanced STAR, which provides increased savings, is available to qualifying senior citizens ages 65 and older in both the credit and exemption programs.
IMPORTANT CHANGES: If you currently receive the Basic STAR exemption and your income is between $250,000 and $500,000, the program is changing for you. If eligible, you will now receive a check for the STAR credit instead of a reduction on your school tax bill.
If your income is $250,000 or less and you currently receive the STAR exemption, you can choose to register for the STAR credit to receive a check instead. You may receive a greater benefit if you make the switch.
Information regarding the STAR program may be found at https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property.
Property Tax Relief Credit
Additionally, a property tax relief credit in the form of a check may help to directly reduce your property tax burden.
Homeowners who receive a STAR exemption or STAR credit are eligible for a property tax relief credit check this year if they meet the following requirements:
Live in a school district that complied with the property tax cap (Lowville CSD did comply), and
Have a 2017 tax year Federal Adjusted Gross Income of $275,000 or less
This year, the property tax relief credit will be a percentage of a homeowner’s STAR benefit, with lower incomes receiving a higher percentage benefit.
You must have paid property taxes in 2019. The credit amount cannot exceed the school tax due amount for the property.