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Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School provide  a "green classroom" for learning

Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School provide a “green classroom” for learning

Part sanctuary and part outdoor lab, the Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School are made up of 15 themed gardens connected within the larger space, each a vignette of self-contained beauty and each with its own focus. The medicinal garden has healing plants, and the culinary garden edible herbs. The butterfly garden and bird...
New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use

New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use

New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use. It was a non-controversial decision that was intended to be put into place as an administrative action, but due to an oversight it was not addressed until high school student Aryn Wesdorp collected signatures on a petition and presented them at a...
After cuts, Highland school budget passes

After cuts, Highland school budget passes

Closing time at the polls on Tuesday night, June 21 found voters approving the Highland Central School District’s proposed budget of $41,522,885 for the 2016-2017 school year. The budget passed by a 69 percent majority: 772 in favor with 353 opposed. Unlike the first budget vote that failed on May 17 despite garnering more yes...
Highland and New Paltz schools to celebrate commencement and moving up

Highland and New Paltz schools to celebrate commencement and moving up

It’s that time of year again for students; bittersweet endings and exciting new beginnings. Highland and New Paltz schools will celebrate commencement for graduating seniors next week, with eighth graders in both districts participating in moving-up ceremonies.   New Paltz High School graduation Students at New Paltz High School will claim their diplomas on Friday,...
Highland School District will put forth trimmer budget for a vote on June 21

Highland School District will put forth trimmer budget for a vote on June 21

The Highland Central School District’s proposed budget of $41.66 million failed to win voter approval on May 17, leaving the district facing two alternatives going forward: either try again, putting the same exact budget up for a vote a second time, or re-tool the numbers and present a trimmer budget. At a special meeting on...
SUNY New Paltz rededicates Manny Bromberg’s innovative Cliffside sculpture

SUNY New Paltz rededicates Manny Bromberg’s innovative Cliffside sculpture

On the morning of Saturday, May 21, more than 50 art-lovers gathered on the campus of SUNY New Paltz to witness an unusual event: the rededication of an outdoor sculpture that had first been dedicated in 1970. More remarkably, the artist himself — professor emeritus Manuel Bromberg — was present, and spoke for 15 or...
New Paltz teachers paint Main Street red as a sign of frustration over lack of contract

New Paltz teachers paint Main Street red as a sign of frustration over lack of contract

Unionized school teachers in the New Paltz district were joined by congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout as they ramped up their efforts to reach a contract agreement with a public march along Main Street in late afternoon on May 18. A stream of teachers and supporters in bright red T-shirts marched along the sidewalks from the...
New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

“There’s such an emphasis on the arts in our community, but we don’t have a performing space for children — or adults — that can seat a large number of people,” says Jenn Voorhis, president of the Duzine/Lenape PTA. “Our athletic teams are well taken care of, but we don’t have a place where our...
New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz Central School District voters supported the proposed $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year with 1,148 casting a ballot in favor and 327 opposed in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved passage of a $480,000 bus proposition to purchase four large buses and one car for the district. The bus proposition passed with...
Highland school budget vote fails

Highland school budget vote fails

When all the ballots in Highland were counted Tuesday night, 728 voters supported the proposed $41,656,096 million budget for the 2016-17 school year with 568 voters opposed. But because the budget only won approval by a 56 percent margin, that did not satisfy the 60 percent voter approval rate required this year and the budget...
New Paltz Board of Education rejects field tests

New Paltz Board of Education rejects field tests

At their recent regular meeting on Wednesday, May 4, the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education passed a resolution by a vote of 7-0 to not administer the grade seven ELA field tests and to direct schools Superintendent Maria Rice to return the field testing materials to the New York State Education Department...
New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

The prosecution says exigent circumstances in the drug bust justified a warrantless search. The presence of nearby children in possible danger and a forecast of rain that could dissolve drug evidence tossed outdoors created a situation that necessitated quick action by the police. The defense team, however, says, ‘What emergency?’ The kids were in no...