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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...
New Paltz voters pass $53.9M budget

New Paltz voters pass $53.9M budget

  New Paltz voters overwhelmingly supported the district’s $53.9 million school budget during Tuesday night’s election. Altogether, 1,175 voted yes for the budget and 435 voted no. Voters also authorized the purchase of $485,000 in buses by 1,039 to 458. Superintendent Maria Rice was celebrating the budget’s approval, noting that it reinforced the district’s strategy...
SUNY’s HELP for international ESL students thanks its community volunteers

SUNY’s HELP for international ESL students thanks its community volunteers

An “appreciation luncheon” was held at SUNY New Paltz on Wednesday, April 30 to thank volunteers in the community who help visiting international students at the college achieve fluency in English through SUNY’s Haggerty English Language Program (HELP) at the college’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Learning Center. SUNY New Paltz has a total...
SUNY New Paltz installs public artwork

SUNY New Paltz installs public artwork

The internationally renowned artist Tom Otterness will bring his 36-foot long outdoor sculpture Gulliver to the SUNY New Paltz campus this Thursday, May 15. The outdoor sculpture will remain on campus through the end of 2014. Gulliver will be located on the Fine Art Building Plaza at the center of campus, near the Sojourner Truth...
Alan Barone and Heather Welch file petitions for Highland School Board election

Alan Barone and Heather Welch file petitions for Highland School Board election

Highland voters on May 20 will be asked to approve two candidates on the ballot for two seats opening up on the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Incumbent Alan Barone will run for a fifth term and former Highland School Board member, Heather Welch, will run to re-gain the seat she first filled...
Who are the New Paltz school board candidates?

Who are the New Paltz school board candidates?

This year’s New Paltz Board of Education race on May 20 will pit three men and a woman against each other for two open seats. Patrick Rausch, an IBM program manager and past school board president, has served on the board for 16 years and he’s running for election a seventh time. His six kids...
Two file for Highland school board race

Two file for Highland school board race

Voters in Highland on May 20 will see two candidates vie for two available seats on the School Board. Incumbent Alan Barone will run for re-election and former Highland School Board member, Heather Welch, will fill the second space on the ballot. The positions are three-year terms. Welch is running for the seat currently held...
Four vie for New Paltz school board seats

Four vie for New Paltz school board seats

This May’s school board election in New Paltz will be a four-way race for two open seats. Seated incumbents Stephen Bagley and Patrick Rausch are running for re-election. But facing them are former board member Steve Greenfield and new challenger Aimee Hemminger. Candidates will appear on the ballot along with the $53.9 million budget and...