Kingston’s school district recently adopted an anti-racism resolution geared toward “creating truly inclusive environments” for its students.
Some argue the statues of Henry Hudson, George Clinton and Peter Stuyvesant should be removed because of their actions and statements on race.
The pandemic may have forced local communities to change their Independence Day plans, but the July Fourth weekend will still give people across the Hudson Valley opportunities to celebrate.
Kingston High School’s hopes of holding an in-person ceremony at the end of summer may have seemed far-fetched to some. But with New York State’s continued efforts to flatten the curve seemingly working, the school district is tentatively planning to hold a ceremony at Dietz Stadium on Friday, July 17.
While some were concerned that participation would be more muted than usual because of the pandemic, turnout increased significantly in local school districts. In addition to an increase in participation, local school districts also received greater support for their budgets than in 2019-20.
Voters in the Saugerties Central School District approved by a margin of 2,652-1,144 a $66,471,574 budget for the 2020-21 school
Voters in the Kingston City School District approved by a margin of 4,278-1,690 a $187,420,013 budget that maintains programs and extracurricular activities and doesn’t include reductions in staff. The spending plan represents an increase of 3.65 percent over the 2019-20 budget and includes a tax levy increase of $1.83 million, a 1.73 percent increase that is at the state cap for the district.
Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, numerous options that might be considered impractical or even bizarre under normal circumstances are at least under discussion, including postponing fall sports until spring. Flipping fall and spring sports is also a possibility, given there are fewer sports in the moderate- and higher-risk category played in the latter than the former.
On Tuesday, voters in the Onteora Central School District (OCSD) approved a $57,938,542 budget for the 2020-21 school year by a margin of 1,843-707. As with other school districts voting by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voter turnout was significantly higher than last year, when the district’s 2019-20 budget was approved by a margin of 406-192.
On Tuesday, voters in the New Paltz Central School District approved a $64,940,103 budget for the 2020-21 school year with