Local boxing legend Tracy Harris Patterson has been named to the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 in the Pro Boxer category. Patterson was adopted by former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson and moved to New Paltz, where he trained as a boxer and became a two-time world champion himself.
“2020 was a lost year,” Supervisor James E. Quigley, III said. “And by that I mean when you start out going down the road in one direction and then constantly get pulled to go in a different direction …. And looking at the press headlines and everything, I don’t know if we come out of this next May or June. And this is me being realistic, not pessimistic. I’m not certain that 2021 may not be a lost year too.”
2020 was a difficult year for local school districts and the communities they serve, with the pandemic causing a seismic shift in the school experience. While we’re not quite halfway through this academic year, local superintendents were asked to look ahead as the calendar changes from 2020 to 2021. We interviewed four superintendents.
Students in the New Paltz School District head into winter break this week, and those in the hybrid learning model won’t return to the classroom until at least January 19. School officials and the school board last week agreed that students will be fully remote learning from Monday, January 4 until Tuesday, January 19, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in order to prevent the likelihood of a holiday-based continuation of the post-Thanksgiving infection spike.
“I walk into the school every morning with trepidation and apprehension hoping that I will make it through the day without being exposed to Covid.” — Anonymous teacher at New Paltz Middle School
The Kingston schools are months away from the finish line of the $137.5-million Kingston High School Second Century renovation project. Saugerties will be seeking approval from voters on Tuesday, December 15 for a $22,000,390 districtwide facilities improvement project. No capital improvement projects are on the table in New Paltz or Onteora.
After earlier delays, winter high school sports deemed low- and moderate-impact were officially approved by New York State for practices to begin on November 30. But with Covid-19 infections once again peaking, local school districts were already grappling with how to safely re-introduce sports within the context of their cohort-led hybrid educational models.
Community officials from Woodstock, the Town of Ulster, Saugerties and New Paltz said they’re getting the message out as best they can. It’s not a complicated message. But following it up is not easy, particularly at the time of the holidays. People seem to be letting their guard down.
The New York State Education Department earlier this month announced plans to cancel its January 2021 round of high-school Regents examinations due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. School districts typically pause high-school classes during Regents exams, but the cancellation of the January round of tests is causing school officials to consider changes.
Winter high school sports deemed low- and moderate-impact have officially been approved by New York State, with practices set to begin on Monday, November 30. With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging and infections once again on the rise, however, local school districts are still grappling with how safely to re-introduce sports within the context of their cohort-led hybrid educational models. Can it be done?