New Paltz Schools
New Paltz schools welcome new faces

New Paltz schools welcome new faces

On July 8, the New Paltz Board of Education took care of a little housekeeping during their reorganizational meeting. They established subcommittees, selected their official banks and newspapers, plus they swore in new members. The school board’s newest members, Michael O’Donnell and Alison Easton, and incumbent Brian Cournoyer all took oaths of office last week....
New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   As parents, friends and grandparents wait politely listening to speeches, the mood at New Paltz’s high school football field is muted, joyful and reflective. Outdoors, emerald leaves flutter beneath a gorgeous azure sky; the air has a clean smell — like the moment before a big rain. In a big...
New Paltz Board of Education names Alison Easton as Tim Rogers’ temporary replacement

New Paltz Board of Education names Alison Easton as Tim Rogers’ temporary replacement

May 19’s vote count is in, and now it’s official. New Paltz Board of Education members accepted voters’ 939-426 approval of the $54.6 million 2015-2016 budget at its meeting on May 20. Voters also passed a $480,000 proposition to buy six new buses for the district. For one school board member-elect, her service will begin...
Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

New Paltz Central School District voters will see three candidates on the ballot May 19. Brian Cournoyer, the Board of Education president, is running with two newcomers — Alison Easton and Michael O’Donnell. All three are running for three vacant seats with terms ending in 2018. They’re running unopposed, unless a challenger can mount a...
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...