Voters in the Kingston City School District overwhelmingly approved a $180,813,057 budget for the 2019-20 school year on May 21, with 1,180 in favor of the spending plan and 501 opposed in unofficial results.
Kingston Times | Education
Voters in the Kingston City School District will head to the polls on Tuesday to say yay or nay to a $180,813,057 budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year, one which school officials tout as maintaining program and helping expand pre-kindergarten offerings, while keeping the tax levy increase at just 1.45 percent.
The Kingston City School District is still searching for a pair of principals to fill vacancies, with the leaders of both Kingston High School and George Washington Elementary School planning to step down at the end of the current academic year.
The relatively mild winter and the district’s frequent use of delayed openings rather than closures means that students across the Kingston City School District will have a longer spring recess than originally intended.
This Friday, April 5, John A. Coleman Catholic High School will open their production of Matilda, a musical based on the novel by Roald Dahl. The production is directed by Lisë Hopson, the longtime Coleman theater director and choreographer who came out of retirement to tackle the musical.
It was revealed earlier this month that the Kingston City School District has been cited by the State Education Department (NYSED) in 2018 for a third straight year in as needing intervention in its special education program.
Kingston school district officials last week said that they were hoping to trim a further $2.6 million from their nearly $182-million draft budget for the 2019-20 school year. They stopped short of calling the budgetary situation a crisis.
The Kingston High School boys’ varsity basketball team is two wins away from the state championship. Last week the team took care of business, winning their first Section IX, Class AA title in six years, and then punched their ticket to the final four with a commanding win over a perennial powerhouse.
Before last week, it seemed inevitable that the Kingston City School District would have to purchase voting machines ahead of the budget vote and School Board elections in May, with the only variable how much money they’d wind up spending. But following a compromise between the two parties, the district will be allowed to use the machines this year, with future use depending upon how things go.
Kingston City School District officials last month lamented a decision by the Ulster County Board of Elections to no longer allow school districts to use their voting machines for their annual budget votes and school board elections.