Schools
Candidates file petitions for New Paltz School Board election

Candidates file petitions for New Paltz School Board election

With New Paltz Central School District Board of Education trustees Dominick Profaci and Julie Tresco choosing not to run again to retain their seats on the board when their terms expire June 30, New Paltz voters on May 17 will be asked to approve two new candidates on the ballot: Sophia Skiles and Matthew Williams....
No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters on May 17 to approve a $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year. There will also be a separate $480,000 bus proposition on the ballot that would allow the district to purchase four buses and one car (the latter to be used as a school...
Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

The next time preparing dinner and getting it all done at the same time seems like a challenge, imagine if you had to make a three-course gourmet meal in an hour without any running water or electricity and using only two butane burners. And that when you’d finished, a team of judges would evaluate your...
New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

The way licensing rights to stage plays work, a community theater — even a school — is not usually permitted to put on a production of a show while it’s running on the Great White Way, if it’s located within a certain geographical radius. But the Drama Club at New Paltz High School (NPHS) got...
Ambitious goals set for SUNY New Paltz

Ambitious goals set for SUNY New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz administrators have set out some ambitious goals to achieve in the next five years, including reducing the average length of time it takes students to earn degrees and increasing the number of students who stick around from one year to the next. Doing so in the context of limited state aid and...
SUNY New Paltz students walk out, demand tuition freeze

SUNY New Paltz students walk out, demand tuition freeze

Protesting the so-called “rational tuition policy” imposed under the SUNY2020 plan, students walked out of classes at noon on Friday, some with the support of their professors. The walkout was organized by New York Students Rising, a theoretically statewide organization that has its most robust presence on the New Paltz campus. Students at several other...
New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

The New Paltz Middle School Drama Club is staging The Little Mermaid, Jr. this year, an adaptation for young performers of the 1989 Disney movie and 2007 Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid. There will be two evening performances, on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and two afternoon matinees on Saturday...
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Highland High School February 26-27

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Highland High School February 26-27

The HHS Harlequins will present their 2015-16 spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” at Highland High School on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. The school’s choir director Lynda Keech, producing her eighth full-stage production as musical director of the HHS Harlequins, says she chose the show for this...
New Paltz High School senior signs Letter of Intent for football

New Paltz High School senior signs Letter of Intent for football

New Paltz High School (NPHS) football kicker Aidan O’Neill signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football career at Ohio University, a Division I college in Athens, Ohio. O’Neill, a senior at NPHS, put pen to paper on Wednesday, February 3 and made it official as his family and one of...
Tribute bricks to raise funds for Lenape Elementary School amphitheatre project

Tribute bricks to raise funds for Lenape Elementary School amphitheatre project

At the regular New Paltz Central School District Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, February 3, trustees passed a resolution by a vote of 7-0 to allow the Duzine/Lenape PTA to begin selling “tribute bricks” to raise funds to build a performance amphitheatre at Lenape Elementary School. The estimated cost of the project at this...
Capital project update on New Paltz Middle School parking lot

Capital project update on New Paltz Middle School parking lot

Bill Wisbauer of the construction management firm Tetra Tech and Louis Rodriguez of The Palombo Group gave a presentation to the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education at its regular meeting on Wednesday, February 3 regarding traffic congestion issues at the middle school. The design plans are anticipated to solve the current problems...
Highland Educational Foundation’s fourth annual SnowBall will raise funds for robotics

Highland Educational Foundation’s fourth annual SnowBall will raise funds for robotics

With continuing state aid cuts adding to the difficulty of financing the basics of education, it’s hard for school districts to even think about funding any extras. So a few years back, concerned parents formed the Highland Educational Foundation. Inspired by the success of similar groups in neighboring districts, the organization formed as a nonprofit...