Schools
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...
New Paltz School District will put up $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, March 24

New Paltz School District will put up $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, March 24

The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters on Tuesday, March 24 to approve a $52.9 million capital improvement bond to update and repair the aging infrastructure of the schools. The proposal is the same one that was rejected by a small margin of voters last October. In the weeks that followed, in order...
Students protest SUNY police award for national campus drug bust record.

Students protest SUNY police award for national campus drug bust record.

Uncharitably dismissed by some as “toy cops,” college campus security officers may get somewhat more respect than Rodney Dangerfield, but not by much. So it was an unusual moment in the limelight for the SUNY New Paltz Police last week when officials from the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of New York State came to campus...
Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

The Highland High School (HHS) Harlequins will stage “Mary Poppins” for their spring production this year. And if the run-through at a recent technical rehearsal was any indication of what to expect at the performances this Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, children and adults alike are going to thoroughly enjoy a lively show....
New Paltz High School readies new production of Broadway musical "Big Fish"

New Paltz High School readies new production of Broadway musical “Big Fish”

When it comes to Broadway shows, Big Fish might’ve been the one that got away. Though it was tuneful, colorful and imaginative and garnered mostly positive reviews when it opened in the fall of 2013, it only had a three-month run. But according to Jeremy Brownstein, a junior who will be taking on the lead...
Local school districts rally for education finance reforms

Local school districts rally for education finance reforms

It was a call for action from eight school districts in Ulster County. Their school superintendents, board members and administrators met at a forum in New Paltz last Friday, March 6. Each took the podium in turn at the Ulster BOCES conference center to discuss the impacts of the loss of state aid on their students...
SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: "Challenging the Attacks on Public Education"

SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education”

SUNY New Paltz will host “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education: Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Coykendall science auditorium on the New Paltz campus. The program is free and open to the public. While corporate education policymakers claim to be advocates of civil...
Electronic vehicle charging stations unveiled at SUNY New Paltz campus lots

Electronic vehicle charging stations unveiled at SUNY New Paltz campus lots

In a move designed to help create a “new car-culture” on campus, SUNY New Paltz has installed six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for use by faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) expects the stations to play an important role in fulfilling the Campus Sustainability Plan, signed by president Donald...