Schools
Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Sometimes a second chance pays off – as it did Tuesday night for the New Paltz Central School District. Voters approved the $52.9 million capital improvement bond 1,913 to 1,518. Turnout for the election was high – 3,431 people showed up to vote, just slightly fewer than the 2010 middle school renovation vote. Back in...
New Paltz School District will put up $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, March 24

New Paltz School District will put up $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, March 24

The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters on Tuesday, March 24 to approve a $52.9 million capital improvement bond to update and repair the aging infrastructure of the schools. The proposal is the same one that was rejected by a small margin of voters last October. In the weeks that followed, in order...
Students protest SUNY police award for national campus drug bust record.

Students protest SUNY police award for national campus drug bust record.

Uncharitably dismissed by some as “toy cops,” college campus security officers may get somewhat more respect than Rodney Dangerfield, but not by much. So it was an unusual moment in the limelight for the SUNY New Paltz Police last week when officials from the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of New York State came to campus...
Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

The Highland High School (HHS) Harlequins will stage “Mary Poppins” for their spring production this year. And if the run-through at a recent technical rehearsal was any indication of what to expect at the performances this Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, children and adults alike are going to thoroughly enjoy a lively show....
New Paltz High School readies new production of Broadway musical "Big Fish"

New Paltz High School readies new production of Broadway musical “Big Fish”

When it comes to Broadway shows, Big Fish might’ve been the one that got away. Though it was tuneful, colorful and imaginative and garnered mostly positive reviews when it opened in the fall of 2013, it only had a three-month run. But according to Jeremy Brownstein, a junior who will be taking on the lead...
Local school districts rally for education finance reforms

Local school districts rally for education finance reforms

It was a call for action from eight school districts in Ulster County. Their school superintendents, board members and administrators met at a forum in New Paltz last Friday, March 6. Each took the podium in turn at the Ulster BOCES conference center to discuss the impacts of the loss of state aid on their students...
SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: "Challenging the Attacks on Public Education"

SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education”

SUNY New Paltz will host “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education: Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Coykendall science auditorium on the New Paltz campus. The program is free and open to the public. While corporate education policymakers claim to be advocates of civil...
Electronic vehicle charging stations unveiled at SUNY New Paltz campus lots

Electronic vehicle charging stations unveiled at SUNY New Paltz campus lots

In a move designed to help create a “new car-culture” on campus, SUNY New Paltz has installed six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for use by faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) expects the stations to play an important role in fulfilling the Campus Sustainability Plan, signed by president Donald...
SUNY New Paltz ranked No. 1 in drug arrests for 2013

SUNY New Paltz ranked No. 1 in drug arrests for 2013

Among college campuses nationwide, SUNY New Paltz ranked No. 1 in drug arrests per capita for 2013, according to a recent report utilizing federal data. And in terms of drug arrests at State University of New York branches, New Paltz wasn’t alone. SUNY New Paltz ranked first with 105 on-campus arrests in 2013, or 13.9...
Dorsky’s upcoming Videofreex exhibition preserves memories of electronics revolution

Dorsky’s upcoming Videofreex exhibition preserves memories of electronics revolution

Next Saturday, February 7, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the SUNY-New Paltz campus will officially kick off its 2015 spring season with an opening reception for not one but four exhibitions that will run simultaneously. One, titled “Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction,” has already been open to the public...
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...