Kingston’s school district has announced that Kira Milgrim is the valedictorian and Coleman Kane-Horrigan the salutatorian of the Kingston High School Class of 2019. The pair were narrowly separated by decimal points in their grade-point averages.
Despite receiving a letter signed by more than 100 New Paltz High School graduating seniors asking to hold their commencement ceremony on the football field, as has been the tradition over the years, school officials have denied the students’ petition and will hold graduation in the SUNY New Paltz gymnasium on Wednesday, June 26.
“It’s a great small-knit community,” said Reinhardt of Saugerties. “I grew up here (in Kingston) so I know the community. I’ve been at Cantine Field, I’ve been at Kiwanis, I’ve been at the Garlic Festival. It’s a great little community.”
The teachers were angry and frustrated with the district over several employment situations. They were not happy about the elimination of the four sys-ops positions in the coming school year; the systems operation specialists who work as technology assistants to the teachers at each of the schools, helping students navigate complicated software. But their particular focus was what they characterized as unwarranted, unwanted transfers of longtime teachers to assignments elsewhere in the district, far removed from their ﬁeld of expertise.
Rachel Hoffstatter, a budding young artist about to graduate from Saugerties High School, had her artwork on display and was awarded a $100 scholarship from the Ulster County Art Association at the Frank Greco Senior Center on June 4.
Six students in Saugerties High School’s computer and video production program were recognized last month for their short film, “Past is Present (A Film Within a Film),” which finished among the top 30 submissions in an annual nationwide contest.
Saugerties High School has long offered a wide range of course options for the musically inclined, both instrumentalists and voice students. The school’s music program recently added a digital piano lab, giving students a chance to practice in a judgment-free zone.
“It feels like a gut punch to not be able to graduate on the field that we’ve been imagining for 12 years,” said senior class president, Evan Holland-Shepler.
An investigation is now in progress.
With what appears to be the lowest turnout in at least the last ten years, voters in the Onteora School District approved both spending propositions and board candidates Tuesday, passing the coming school year’s $57,403,498 budget with 406 voting yes to 192 no, a $6 million capital project 455 to 141, and confirming newcomer Dafne DeJesus and incumbent president Kevin Salem as board trustees with 436 and 443 votes, respectively.