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New Paltz School District will put up same $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, January 27

New Paltz School District will put up same $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, January 27

The same $52.9 million capital improvement bond proposal rejected by voters last October will be put up without revision for a re-vote on Tuesday, January 27. The board’s decision has been controversial with local residents, as demonstrated by the eloquent and passionate letters to the editor of this newspaper in recent weeks. Those for the...
Local school superintendents Deborah Haab and Maria Rice share their goals for 2015

Local school superintendents Deborah Haab and Maria Rice share their goals for 2015

2014 was a challenging year for local school superintendents Deborah Haab in Highland and Maria Rice in New Paltz. Each continues to work with the challenges brought by implementation of the Common Core standards and each saw a capital improvement project come to the forefront after years of working out the details. Highland passed a...
Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

On November 10, William Zimmer assumed his new position as assistant principal at Highland High School (HHS). Hired to replace longtime Highland educator Sarah Dudley-Lemek, who was promoted last year to the position of assistant superintendent for administration, Zimmer comes to Highland with 23 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership. Zimmer most recently...
New Paltz High School teachers grow beards to promote mens’ health

New Paltz High School teachers grow beards to promote mens’ health

Thirteen male teachers at New Paltz High School brought an entirely new meaning to the phrase “Grow Local” last month. But this isn’t a Hudson Valley farm-to-table story; these guys took up a challenge to stop shaving their facial hair for the entire month of November in order to promote awareness of mens’ health issues....
Meet Highland High School’s new band director, Drew Rebecchi

Meet Highland High School’s new band director, Drew Rebecchi

“One of the things that drew me to Highland was the sense of community here,” says Drew Rebecchi, Highland High School’s new concert and jazz band director. Born and raised in North Syracuse, NY, he moved to this area just the weekend before starting his new position. “There seems to be a really tightly knit...
SUNY New Paltz students stand in solidarity for Michael Brown

SUNY New Paltz students stand in solidarity for Michael Brown

How long does it take to plan a successful protest? For SUNY New Paltz’s Black Student Union (BSU), about 40 minutes. Two hours after a grand jury verdict was announced that there was not enough probable cause to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, BSU president Rookie Reynoso posted...
New Paltz School District will put same $52.9 million bond back up before voters on January 27

New Paltz School District will put same $52.9 million bond back up before voters on January 27

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 19, the New Paltz Central School District voted 7-0 to put the same $52.9 million bond proposal for capital improvements back up before voters at the earliest possible date. The vote will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. The only thing different this time around will be...
New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

Now that the New Paltz Central School District has seen another defeat of a school bond proposal — its second in four years — what’s next? “Time is not on our side,” said New Paltz Board of Education member Dominick Profaci at the board’s recent regular meeting on Wednesday, November 5. “We have aging infrastructure;...
Rehabilitation of Highland and New Paltz school facilities is riding on October 28

Rehabilitation of Highland and New Paltz school facilities is riding on October 28

Tuesday, October 28 will be an important day for both the Highland and the New Paltz school districts. Each will bring a capital project proposal up for vote on that date: Highland is asking voters to approve a $17.5 million project and New Paltz is asking for $52.9 million. Both districts have old, decrepit buildings...
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...