New Paltz Schools
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...
Who are the New Paltz school board candidates?

Who are the New Paltz school board candidates?

This year’s New Paltz Board of Education race on May 20 will pit three men and a woman against each other for two open seats. Patrick Rausch, an IBM program manager and past school board president, has served on the board for 16 years and he’s running for election a seventh time. His six kids...
Four vie for New Paltz school board seats

Four vie for New Paltz school board seats

This May’s school board election in New Paltz will be a four-way race for two open seats. Seated incumbents Stephen Bagley and Patrick Rausch are running for re-election. But facing them are former board member Steve Greenfield and new challenger Aimee Hemminger. Candidates will appear on the ballot along with the $53.9 million budget and...
Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Last week, students and parents in New Paltz and Highland protested what they see as excessive standardized testing under the Common Core standards by refusing to take state reading exams. According to New Paltz Superintendent Maria Rice, on April 1 — the first day of testing — 19.8 percent of students at Lenape Elementary School...
Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

A mathematical error nearly sidelined New Paltz Central School District’s proposed $52 million capital project before it got to voters’ ballots in May. It also exposed a rift on the Board of Education, which voted 4-3 to proceed with putting the renovations to a vote on May 20 — instead of delaying the vote until...
New Paltz High School stages Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella next week

New Paltz High School stages Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella next week

The Drama Club’s spring musical is a New Paltz High School tradition that never fails to pack the Otto Grassel Auditorium on South Putt Corners Road, and the production slated for April 3 through 5 should be no exception. It marks a return to one of the classics of mid-20th-century musical comedy repertoire: Cinderella, the...
Run, girls, run

Run, girls, run

For girls from the third to the eighth grade, life is becoming more complicated. These kids are growing up and moving into those insecure teenage years. For Amy Frisch, a social worker who deals a lot with adolescent girls, those challenges are at the forefront of her mind. They’re also why she’s starting a local...
Lenape students celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with rally

Lenape students celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with rally

For kids at Lenape Elementary School, the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was cause to think deeply about injustice, bullying and race relations. During an assembly at the school’s gym last Friday, kids delivered presentations about King, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. But they also heard from County Executive Michael Hein, who spoke...
New Paltz High School announces its first-quarter honors

New Paltz High School announces its first-quarter honors

Principal’s List, Grade 12 Sophie Madeline Andrews, Benjamin Apuzzo, Reminy Bacon, Marygrace Bauer-Gluckmann, Michael Benenati, Amy Bishop, Anthony Bonilla, Marissa Bravo, Kayla Brill, Kole Ethan Brownstein, Athalie Brutus, Honour Butler, Natasha Bynum, Hudson Carroll, Madison Carroll, Verenice Castellanos, Deja Clement, Elizabeth M Corey, Jayne Cosh, Morgan DeSimone, Angelica Dickerson, Brynn Eckert, Kyle Eckert, Miranda Fariello,...
Lenape students participate in world record event

Lenape students participate in world record event

Guinness World Records Day for physical education students at Lenape Elementary School took place on Thursday, Nov. 14. For the second year in a row, students participated in sport stacking, which involved stacking plastic cups in different formations for at least 30 minutes. Sport stacking helps with concentration, left and right directionality and bilateral coordination...