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Old 10-18-2007, 02:02 PM
 
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Here are the different types of school districts in NYS:

Common school districts
Common school districts are not authorized to operate high schools. They must, therefore, contract with neighboring school districts to provide secondary education for pupils in the district. This is the oldest type of district, and was quite common in the 20th century. Common school districts are governed by either a sole trustee or a boar do ftrustees comprising three members.

Union free school districts
A union free school district is a district resulting from a "union" of multiple common school districts, "free" from the restrictions that previously barred them from operating high schools. Union free school districts are governed by a board of education composed of between three and nine members.

Central School Districts
Not to be confused with Central High School districts, these are the most common type of school district in New York State. These may have been formed from any number (including one) of common, union free, and/or central school districts. Apart from a few minor differences, they follow the same laws as union free school districts. A central district's board may consist of five, seven or nine members.

City School Districts
There are two types of City School Districts, those in cities with over 125,000 people and those in cities with fewer than 125,000 people. Districts for cities with over 125,000 people are coterminous with the city limits, and education is part of the municipal budget. These districts cannot incur debts or levy taxes. Districts for cities with fewer than 125,000 people are separate from the municipal government and are authorized to levy taxes and incur debt. Each of them is governed by an elected board of education. They all operate high schools. Districts for smaller cities often extend beyond the city borders and are officially called "enlarged city school districts" or "central city school districts".

Central high school districts
There are only four central high school districts in New York state: three in Nassau County and one in Suffolk County. These districts provide secondary education to students in two or more common or union free districts.

Source: Local Government Handbook, Division of Local Government Services, NYS Department of State, 4th Edition, 1987.
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:01 PM
 
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Wow--very informative....I never knew this.
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:46 AM
 
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we are looking to buy a home in Mamaroneck, scarsdale, tuckahoe, and the larchmont area. we dont have a family yet, but we're working on it..
this will be our first home and dont know the area very well.
we dont want a place thats too snobby, but we need to be close to the city as we both work there.
any ideas?
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Old 10-27-2007, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Pompey, NY
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Lgsdss, try posting your question in the Westchester Sub-forum. You will get more responses if you title your post according to your query.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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if a home is close to a border for a different school disctrict, how difficult is it to go to another school
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:56 PM
 
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if a home is close to a border for a different school disctrict, how difficult is it to go to another school
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Not difficult at all if you're willing to pay tuition to the other school district (that's in addition to, not in lieu of, the property tax payment to your actual school district) and the other school district has room to accept a non-district tuition paying student.
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Here are the different types of school districts in NYS:

Common school districts
Common school districts are not authorized to operate high schools. They must, therefore, contract with neighboring school districts to provide secondary education for pupils in the district. This is the oldest type of district, and was quite common in the 20th century. Common school districts are governed by either a sole trustee or a boar do ftrustees comprising three members.

Union free school districts
A union free school district is a district resulting from a "union" of multiple common school districts, "free" from the restrictions that previously barred them from operating high schools. Union free school districts are governed by a board of education composed of between three and nine members.

Central School Districts
Not to be confused with Central High School districts, these are the most common type of school district in New York State. These may have been formed from any number (including one) of common, union free, and/or central school districts. Apart from a few minor differences, they follow the same laws as union free school districts. A central district's board may consist of five, seven or nine members.

City School Districts
There are two types of City School Districts, those in cities with over 125,000 people and those in cities with fewer than 125,000 people. Districts for cities with over 125,000 people are coterminous with the city limits, and education is part of the municipal budget. These districts cannot incur debts or levy taxes. Districts for cities with fewer than 125,000 people are separate from the municipal government and are authorized to levy taxes and incur debt. Each of them is governed by an elected board of education. They all operate high schools. Districts for smaller cities often extend beyond the city borders and are officially called "enlarged city school districts" or "central city school districts".

Central high school districts
There are only four central high school districts in New York state: three in Nassau County and one in Suffolk County. These districts provide secondary education to students in two or more common or union free districts.

Source: Local Government Handbook, Division of Local Government Services, NYS Department of State, 4th Edition, 1987.
Interesting as I always thought "union free" meant that the teachers were not part of a union. Figured since they mostly seem to be in very rich suburban districts where the teachers are paid top dollar, maybe the teachers figured they didn't need a union. Thanks for clarifying.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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Interesting as I always thought "union free" meant that the teachers were not part of a union. Figured since they mostly seem to be in very rich suburban districts where the teachers are paid top dollar, maybe the teachers figured they didn't need a union. Thanks for clarifying.
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Ironically, some of the strongest and more aggressive teachers' unions are in Union Free School Districts.
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Are there any "common school districts" left?
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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Are there any "common school districts" left?
a few....Some are South Mountain Hickory near Binghamton, Maplewood Common SD near Albany, North Greenbush Common School near Troy, Piseco and Inlet Common School Districts in Hamilton County, Glens Falls Common SD, Edinburg Common in Saratoga County, Sagaponack, Wainscott, New Suffolk and Tuckahoe in Suffolk County. Those are the Common SD's in the state(11 in all).
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