Education

Kingston High School’s top two

Kingston High School’s top two

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.

New Paltz teachers claim job transfers made in retaliation for speaking out, decry district’s lack of face-to-face communication

New Paltz teachers claim job transfers made in retaliation for speaking out, decry district’s lack of face-to-face communication

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.

Onteora school budget passes easily, but low turnout a concern

Onteora school budget passes easily, but low turnout a concern

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.