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Student writers Meaghan McElroy and Chloe Driscoll are the new student profile writers for the New Paltz Times

Student writers Meaghan McElroy and Chloe Driscoll are the new student profile writers for the New Paltz Times

The staff of The Maroon — the school newspaper at New Paltz Central High School — will lend the talents of two of their staff members to New Paltz Times over the course of the 2015-2016 school year. Editor-in-chief Meaghan McElroy and senior editor Chloe Driscoll, both entering their senior year at the high school,...
Back to school in New Paltz

Back to school in New Paltz

When dropping off their kids at the front parking lot next week, New Paltz Middle School parents can expect one-way traffic. Entry into the front lot will only occur from South Manheim Boulevard, and the lone exit will be a right-only turn onto Main Street, according to superintendent Maria Rice. “Why are we doing it?...
Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Photos by Rich Corozine   Last season was a kind of break-even season for the New Paltz and Highland boys and girls soccer teams. The Highland boys won their first Section 9 title in 17 years; the New Paltz boys — just two seasons removed from their first-ever Section 9 title — had one of...
SUNY New Paltz welcomes 1,100 freshmen students and their families on moving-in day

SUNY New Paltz welcomes 1,100 freshmen students and their families on moving-in day

Suitcases, cardboard boxes and many, many plastic storage containers and crates holding a school year’s worth of clothing and personal belongings were carried and carted into 14 residence halls throughout SUNY New Paltz last Thursday, August 20. Trashcans on campus, filling up fast with empty boxes that had just packaged desk lamps and other dorm...
New 225-occupant residence hall opens at SUNY New Paltz

New 225-occupant residence hall opens at SUNY New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 11 to officially open its newest student residence. Ridgeview Hall, a three-story, 69,000-square-foot structure built at a cost of $33 million, will provide on-campus housing for 225 undergraduates. Inaugural residents include first-year, transfer and returning students. Ridgeview Hall is the 14th residence hall on campus....
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...