Some speakers said more time was needed to comply, while others who oppose some or all mandatory vaccinations spoke about their dangers and the feeling of being marginalized in the community.
New Paltz Times | Education
When Lenape Elementary School students arrive for the first day of school this September, they will be greeted by a new principal: Sean Inglee, who was appointed by the New Paltz Board of Education at its August 7 meeting.
This year’s incoming class extends the increasing racial and ethnic diversification of the student population at SUNY New Paltz. About 48 percent of incoming first-year students are from traditionally underrepresented demographic groups, as are about 35 percent of incoming transfers.
Duzine Elementary School, one of the two elementary schools in the New Paltz Central School District, has a new principal and his name is Ross Hogan. A New Paltz resident, Hogan brings with him experience working as both a teacher and an assistant principal.
Led By Abbie Santos, Delaney Pece, Ashley Benkert, Brooke Vos and Julia Napoli, the New Paltz SeaHawks ran their Dutchess-Ulster Swim Organization [DUSO] Championship string to seven straight and eight in the last nine years, amassing 1,512 points to second-place Zena’s 1,283 in Saturday’s title meet at the Ulster County Pool. The Seahawks, 7-0 this season, have also put together an incredible 61-straight dual-meet string.
Now that New York State has removed the religious exemption that allowed parents to refuse to vaccinate their children on grounds of faith-based beliefs, the New Paltz Central School District has amended its official policy with regard to immunization requirements for students.
“If you are going to pay attention to diversification, then you must pay attention to those in the community who support you,” Dr. Mario Fernandez said. “Empowering the next generation means giving them a sense of worthiness within the high school environment. A high school is a microcosm of a community, so it’s my charge to make sure that microcosm is inclusive for everybody.”
Clinton served the school district for the past 48 years in a variety of capacities, from teacher to coach to department head to assistant principal, and principal of Duzine Elementary, Lenape Elementary and ﬁnally the High School.
With the traditional sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” echoing through the chambers of the SUNY New Paltz basketball gymnasium, 172 New Paltz High School seniors marched in with their maroon gowns and golden tassels under flowered covered arches to receive their diplomas Wednesday night. As it stormed and raged outside, inside the mood was festive with applause ringing from every corner, horns blowing, soloists from the choir cascading their vocals and the brass band instruments sending vibrations of hope and expectations through the floorboards.
In her remarks at Highland High School’s commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, June 26, valedictorian Carlie Relyea referenced the “curse” that