Schools
New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

“There’s such an emphasis on the arts in our community, but we don’t have a performing space for children — or adults — that can seat a large number of people,” says Jenn Voorhis, president of the Duzine/Lenape PTA. “Our athletic teams are well taken care of, but we don’t have a place where our...
New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz Central School District voters supported the proposed $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year with 1,148 casting a ballot in favor and 327 opposed in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved passage of a $480,000 bus proposition to purchase four large buses and one car for the district. The bus proposition passed with...
Highland school budget vote fails

Highland school budget vote fails

When all the ballots in Highland were counted Tuesday night, 728 voters supported the proposed $41,656,096 million budget for the 2016-17 school year with 568 voters opposed. But because the budget only won approval by a 56 percent margin, that did not satisfy the 60 percent voter approval rate required this year and the budget...
New Paltz Board of Education rejects field tests

New Paltz Board of Education rejects field tests

At their recent regular meeting on Wednesday, May 4, the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education passed a resolution by a vote of 7-0 to not administer the grade seven ELA field tests and to direct schools Superintendent Maria Rice to return the field testing materials to the New York State Education Department...
New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

The prosecution says exigent circumstances in the drug bust justified a warrantless search. The presence of nearby children in possible danger and a forecast of rain that could dissolve drug evidence tossed outdoors created a situation that necessitated quick action by the police. The defense team, however, says, ‘What emergency?’ The kids were in no...
Two incumbent Highland BOE candidates run for two seats on ballot

Two incumbent Highland BOE candidates run for two seats on ballot

Highland voters on May 17 will be asked to approve two incumbents — Susan Gilmore and Thomas Miller — running to retain their trustee seats on the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Also up for a vote will be the proposed 2016-17 budget of $41,656,096 million, requiring a supermajority 60 percent voter approval...
Candidates file petitions for New Paltz School Board election

Candidates file petitions for New Paltz School Board election

With New Paltz Central School District Board of Education trustees Dominick Profaci and Julie Tresco choosing not to run again to retain their seats on the board when their terms expire June 30, New Paltz voters on May 17 will be asked to approve two new candidates on the ballot: Sophia Skiles and Matthew Williams....
No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters on May 17 to approve a $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year. There will also be a separate $480,000 bus proposition on the ballot that would allow the district to purchase four buses and one car (the latter to be used as a school...
Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

The next time preparing dinner and getting it all done at the same time seems like a challenge, imagine if you had to make a three-course gourmet meal in an hour without any running water or electricity and using only two butane burners. And that when you’d finished, a team of judges would evaluate your...
New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

The way licensing rights to stage plays work, a community theater — even a school — is not usually permitted to put on a production of a show while it’s running on the Great White Way, if it’s located within a certain geographical radius. But the Drama Club at New Paltz High School (NPHS) got...
Ambitious goals set for SUNY New Paltz

Ambitious goals set for SUNY New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz administrators have set out some ambitious goals to achieve in the next five years, including reducing the average length of time it takes students to earn degrees and increasing the number of students who stick around from one year to the next. Doing so in the context of limited state aid and...
SUNY New Paltz students walk out, demand tuition freeze

SUNY New Paltz students walk out, demand tuition freeze

Protesting the so-called “rational tuition policy” imposed under the SUNY2020 plan, students walked out of classes at noon on Friday, some with the support of their professors. The walkout was organized by New York Students Rising, a theoretically statewide organization that has its most robust presence on the New Paltz campus. Students at several other...