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District Equity Council

Join the District Equity Council! 

The Rondout Valley Central School District continues to advance the initiatives outlined in its 5-Year Strategic Plan and is inviting you to be part of its progress. One major task for the 2023-24 school year is to continue the work of the District Equity Council. The district is seeking a group of community members that are committed to equity in Rondout Valley to participate, and we hope you will consider participating.

What is the Rondout Valley District Equity Council?

The purpose of the Rondout Valley District Equity Council is to identify areas where the school district could make progress toward a more equitable school experience and workplace and to offer solutions and strategies for accelerating progress. The District Equity Council will include several stakeholder groups that can offer insight and support around the district’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and policy.    

More specifically, the council will:

  • Serve as advisors, providing input as the district makes key decisions around the tasks outlined in its strategic plan and DEI policy;
  • Learn about district equity initiatives first-hand from district students and staff;
  • Bring forth concerns so that the district can work with the larger RV community to seek solutions; and
  • Periodically analyze district data for disproportionate student outcomes and experiences.

We believe this group will serve as a critical bridge between the school district and all stakeholder groups.


The District Equity Council will be made up of family and community members, teachers, students, staff and administrators who are dedicated to understanding, identifying, addressing and eliminating the biases, barriers and disparities that limit a student’s school experience. We are looking for council members who understand that students and staff thrive in an environment free from discrimination and harassment, and that our learning environments must promote respect and diversity in order to ensure student success.

The District Equity Council will meet in-person on the following dates from 4-5:30 PM: 

  • Oct 25
  • Nov 15
  • Jan 24
  • Feb 21
  • Mar 13
  • Apr 17
  • May 15
  • Jun 12

Contact Us

To e-mail an employee, use the
e-mail listed, followed by

(845) 687-2400

Nicole Kappes-Levine 

Director of Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion
Email: nkappes-levine
Ext. 4114 


Interested in being involved? 

Complete our interest form by October 13 

A team will review all responses with names removed and select the council members based on their experiences and contributions to advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Rondout. We will also select Council members with the goal of ensuring that the Council is composed of a variety of stakeholders: community members, family members/guardians, students, staff, and administrators. Everyone who completes the interest form will hear back by October 23.