New Paltz Schools
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...
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...