Schools
Highland BOE reorganizes for 2015-2016 school year

Highland BOE reorganizes for 2015-2016 school year

The Highland Central School District Board of Education met on Tuesday, July 7 for its annual reorganization meeting in which newly elected board members were sworn in. Incumbents Mike Bakatsias and Debbie Pagano pledged to perform their duties for another three-year term each and new board member Ed Meisel took the oath for the first...
New Paltz schools welcome new faces

New Paltz schools welcome new faces

On July 8, the New Paltz Board of Education took care of a little housekeeping during their reorganizational meeting. They established subcommittees, selected their official banks and newspapers, plus they swore in new members. The school board’s newest members, Michael O’Donnell and Alison Easton, and incumbent Brian Cournoyer all took oaths of office last week....
Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Highland High School football field was the setting last Thursday, June 25 for the 138 members of the graduating class of 2015 to claim their diplomas. Principal Peter Harris, a 1991 Highland High School graduate, welcomed the senior class and their families and friends, asking the parents of graduates...
New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   As parents, friends and grandparents wait politely listening to speeches, the mood at New Paltz’s high school football field is muted, joyful and reflective. Outdoors, emerald leaves flutter beneath a gorgeous azure sky; the air has a clean smell — like the moment before a big rain. In a big...
Highland music students receive Recognition Awards from Highland Music Boosters

Highland music students receive Recognition Awards from Highland Music Boosters

Six music students in the Highland Central School District were honored last Tuesday, May 26 at a presentation held in the community room at the Highland Firehouse. Each accepted a Recognition Award certificate and will receive a $100 check to be used in any way they wish to further their music education. This was the...
New Paltz Board of Education names Alison Easton as Tim Rogers’ temporary replacement

New Paltz Board of Education names Alison Easton as Tim Rogers’ temporary replacement

May 19’s vote count is in, and now it’s official. New Paltz Board of Education members accepted voters’ 939-426 approval of the $54.6 million 2015-2016 budget at its meeting on May 20. Voters also passed a $480,000 proposition to buy six new buses for the district. For one school board member-elect, her service will begin...
SUNY New Paltz graduates 1,857 students at undergraduate ceremonies last Sunday (with photo gallery)

SUNY New Paltz graduates 1,857 students at undergraduate ceremonies last Sunday (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Observing the lengthy procession of proud and happy about-to-be graduates filing into the Old Main Quad at SUNY New Paltz for undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, it was hard not to think about where the 1,857 students receiving a degree that day would find a place to put...
Three run unopposed for School Board in Highland

Three run unopposed for School Board in Highland

Along with the 2015-2016 budget and two propositions (one to purchase school buses and another to establish a capital reserve fund), Highland voters on May 19 will be asked to approve three candidates on the ballot for three seats opening up on the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Incumbents Debbie Pagano and Michael...
Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

New Paltz Central School District voters will see three candidates on the ballot May 19. Brian Cournoyer, the Board of Education president, is running with two newcomers — Alison Easton and Michael O’Donnell. All three are running for three vacant seats with terms ending in 2018. They’re running unopposed, unless a challenger can mount a...
SUNY New Paltz Neanderthal Project seeks ancient answers

SUNY New Paltz Neanderthal Project seeks ancient answers

A man with a pronounced forehead stands before you, holding a makeshift bludgeon. He’s slouched, muscular and a little crude. Uncouth and covered in hair, he wears a simple garment made from animal hide. When you look at him, he’s familiar — but not quite totally human. He’s something other. When most people hear the word...
New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

Tied in with the recently passed $142 billion New York State budget was a slew of changes to public education. In New Paltz, those changes aren’t altogether welcome. Teachers, students, activists and parents gathered at New Paltz Central High School last week for a rally against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education reforms, Common Core and high-stakes...
Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Sometimes a second chance pays off – as it did Tuesday night for the New Paltz Central School District. Voters approved the $52.9 million capital improvement bond 1,913 to 1,518. Turnout for the election was high – 3,431 people showed up to vote, just slightly fewer than the 2010 middle school renovation vote. Back in...