School officials in the KCSD are playing their annual waiting game as they hope the state legislature comes up with enough relief beyond Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s school aid proposal that will help them overcome a $1.1 million budget gap.
“These are definitely students who will have a lifelong passion for music.”
Three weeks after an alleged anti-Semitic incident at Saugerties Junior High School put a spotlight on bias harassment in the school, administrators and trustees addressed the issue before an audience that included the victim’s family and a local rabbi.
Underlying each presenter’s remarks was the message that efforts to undermine and privatize public education have hurt students, educators, schools and communities, but that there are actions opponents can take to create the system they want.
According to Kingston City School District officials, the district is nearly twice as far away from balancing the 2017-18 budget than they first thought, as there’s a roughly $1.1 million chasm between a rollover plan and the state-mandated tax levy cap.
Isolated incident or common occurrence? One parent says anti-Semitic and racist comments are prevalent in Saugerties. School officials disagree.
A community fundraising effort spearheaded by Kingston resident Jill Draper reached its goal last week, with the remaining $3,500 of the KCSD’s $5,877 school lunch debt being donated by around 40 total donors.
The two percent tax cap rarely works out to two percent after all the various factors are taken into account.
Last month, Kingston school officials revealed the district was seeing gains in some key areas of student achievement but coming up short in others.
For the second year, Saugerties High School art students’ work is on display at Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, 29 Tinker Street.