New Paltz Schools
New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

Tied in with the recently passed $142 billion New York State budget was a slew of changes to public education. In New Paltz, those changes aren’t altogether welcome. Teachers, students, activists and parents gathered at New Paltz Central High School last week for a rally against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education reforms, Common Core and high-stakes...
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...
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...
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...
New Paltz High School teachers grow beards to promote mens’ health

New Paltz High School teachers grow beards to promote mens’ health

Thirteen male teachers at New Paltz High School brought an entirely new meaning to the phrase “Grow Local” last month. But this isn’t a Hudson Valley farm-to-table story; these guys took up a challenge to stop shaving their facial hair for the entire month of November in order to promote awareness of mens’ health issues....
New Paltz School District will put same $52.9 million bond back up before voters on January 27

New Paltz School District will put same $52.9 million bond back up before voters on January 27

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 19, the New Paltz Central School District voted 7-0 to put the same $52.9 million bond proposal for capital improvements back up before voters at the earliest possible date. The vote will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. The only thing different this time around will be...
New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

Now that the New Paltz Central School District has seen another defeat of a school bond proposal — its second in four years — what’s next? “Time is not on our side,” said New Paltz Board of Education member Dominick Profaci at the board’s recent regular meeting on Wednesday, November 5. “We have aging infrastructure;...
A tour of New Paltz Middle School reveals a failing facility

A tour of New Paltz Middle School reveals a failing facility

Voters in New Paltz on Tuesday, October 28 will be asked to support the New Paltz Central School District’s $52.9 million proposed capital improvement project to address the aged infrastructure and insufficiencies at its four school facilities. The vote will be held in the high school gymnasium from noon to 9 p.m. New Paltz Times...
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...
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...