Highland Schools
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...
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...
Two incumbent Highland BOE candidates run for two seats on ballot

Two incumbent Highland BOE candidates run for two seats on ballot

Highland voters on May 17 will be asked to approve two incumbents — Susan Gilmore and Thomas Miller — running to retain their trustee seats on the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Also up for a vote will be the proposed 2016-17 budget of $41,656,096 million, requiring a supermajority 60 percent voter approval...
“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...
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...
New Paltz and Highland school superintendents discuss their respective districts

New Paltz and Highland school superintendents discuss their respective districts

From the outside looking in, it seems like 2015 was a transitional year for both the New Paltz and the Highland school districts. After all the drama of putting capital projects up for a vote in 2014 and succeeding in both cases  — Highland in October of that year and New Paltz voters approving their...
New state guidelines regarding transgender students’ rights discussed in Highland

New state guidelines regarding transgender students’ rights discussed in Highland

The rights of transgender students have been repeatedly put to the test in recent years. Across the country parents have clashed with school administrators and board of education trustees over issues involving which school locker rooms and bathrooms transgender students are able to use. And in at least three states — Maine, Colorado and Virginia...
Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

[portfolio_slideshow id=10192] 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...
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...
Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

[portfolio_slideshow id=9813] 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...