Schools
A tour of New Paltz Middle School reveals a failing facility

A tour of New Paltz Middle School reveals a failing facility

Voters in New Paltz on Tuesday, October 28 will be asked to support the New Paltz Central School District’s $52.9 million proposed capital improvement project to address the aged infrastructure and insufficiencies at its four school facilities. The vote will be held in the high school gymnasium from noon to 9 p.m. New Paltz Times...
A tour of the school facilities in Highland reveals work to be done (with photo gallery)

A tour of the school facilities in Highland reveals work to be done (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Voters in Highland on Tuesday, October 28 will choose whether or not to support the Highland Central School District’s $17.5 million proposed capital improvement project. The vote will be held at the high school in the band room from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. State aid will pay for 66...
SUNY New Paltz science and engineering programs get two big boosts

SUNY New Paltz science and engineering programs get two big boosts

This was a big week for the sciences at the state university at New Paltz. A week ago Tuesday the college won a $10-million highly competitive state grant for its new program in mechanical engineering plus an additional 10,000 square feet of office and lab space for new companies starting up in the state or...
New Paltz and Highland high schools welcome incoming freshman students

New Paltz and Highland high schools welcome incoming freshman students

While summer isn’t officially over until September 22, nothing says “autumn” like a back-to-school freshman orientation session. Our area held two such events last week: New Paltz High School welcomed their incoming ninth-graders and transfer students with an assembly, a screening of a student-produced film and a cook-out on Wednesday, August 27, and Highland High...
SUNY New Paltz welcomes new students

SUNY New Paltz welcomes new students

The fall semester has officially kicked into first gear at SUNY New Paltz as 1,800 incoming freshmen and transfers moved into their dorm rooms last Thursday. Parents and students hustled piles of belongings under trees to keep them out of the rain, but the organized chaos moved faster when the sun briefly welcomed the new...
New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

The recently ratified Highland Teacher Association (HTA) contract has caused some controversy over wording that gives preference to HTA members in coaching and advisor positions. During the public comment portion of the recent Highland Central School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 5, a resident asked the board why existing coaches “who have...
Scenes for HBO’s hit series Girls are shot at SUNY New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Scenes for HBO’s hit series Girls are shot at SUNY New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Photos by Brandon Missig   The SUNY New Paltz campus was filled with activity last week — a month before the beginning of the fall semester — when more than 100 people arrived to participate in the filming of HBO’s hit show Girls. Trucks filled with props, clothing and filming equipment arrived in front of...
Highland High School graduates 140 students

Highland High School graduates 140 students

Last Thursday, June 26. was a perfect early summer evening with a cool breeze over the Highland High School football field. The 140 members of the graduating class of 2014 claimed their diplomas by the light of the setting sun. There were speeches, of course. Principal Peter Harris welcomed the senior class and their families...
New Paltz Class of ’14 celebrates graduation

New Paltz Class of ’14 celebrates graduation

For John Fullam, graduating from high school meant delivering the valedictorian’s speech. When he took the podium at graduation in New Paltz on June 27, he claimed not to have much to say. “In the words of the great Don Bartlett, the key to effective communication is brevity. So here goes – congratulations and good...
Wilmorite sues the Town of New Paltz

Wilmorite sues the Town of New Paltz

Park Point developer Wilmorite has filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of New Paltz, town officials said. It also appears that the SUNY New Paltz Foundation — the college’s non-profit fundraising group — is also a party in the suit suing the town. “We are not surprised by the litigation,” Supervisor Susan Zimet...
Highland music students receive recognition awards from Highland Music Boosters

Highland music students receive recognition awards from Highland Music Boosters

The Highland Music Boosters (HMB) organization was established two years ago by concerned parents of music students in the Highland Central School District who saw the music programs in the schools being cut along with other disciplines that aren’t mandated by the state. As strong believers in the value of music education, the HMB set...
Highland voters pass school budget, propositions

Highland voters pass school budget, propositions

Applause broke out among those gathered to hear the results of the school budget vote in Highland on Tuesday night: The Highland Central School District’s proposed 2014-2015 budget of $39,961,276 million passed by a 63.5 percent majority — 799 in favor to 457 opposed. The Highland district’s budget meets the criteria of the state’s tax...