Thomas M. Bongiovi was hired last October as interim superintendent. His appointment through 2021 was approved unanimously.
The Saugerties pre-kindergarten program at Mt. Marion and Cahill elementary schools has been under way for a little over a month, and school officials think it’s been a great addition.
The Saugerties Junior and Senior High Drama Club will present CSI: Wonderland on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17 at Saugerties High School.
Agreements made with developers to encourage new business can mean shortfalls for local school districts.
A planned session on racial equity scheduled for the January 24 meeting of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education didn’t go entirely as organizers may have intended, but community members organized around this issue appear to have gotten closer to achieving one of their goals, the establishment of a board committee that would oversee such issues in the district.
Several students expressed discomfort, one likening it to being Jewish and living in “Hitler Hall.” Members of the community tended to express support for having a dialogue, but more likely to defend the wider legacy of the town’s founding families.
The superintendent said additional State Aid proposed for 2018/19 school year is approximately $17,000 or as she put it, “pretty much essentially flat.” With a district budget of approximately $52 million, the small increase is expected to have minimal impact. Plus: A pilot for Waterfall Way, bus driver shortage, and the robotics program.
The uptown building, which currently houses school district offices, is being sold to a hotel developer.
Under the governor’s proposal, likely to be upped by the state legislature, the Saugerties schools would see an overall increase in state aid from $22,729,250 in the 2017-18 fiscal year to $22,802,192. In the overall scheme of things, that’s not much.
SUNY Ulster was recently selected as a partner in IBM’s “New Collar Jobs Initiative,” which provides apprenticeships to students for tech jobs that require a significant amount of training but not a four-year degree.