With students due to arrive at the SUNY New Paltz campus in only three weeks to begin their fall semester, the college has released new COVID-19 policies that signal a partial return to normalcy. Many of the protocols that were imposed when in-person instruction resumed last spring have been relaxed – for students, faculty and staff who can prove that they’ve been fully vaccinated.
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The transition from virtual to physical meetings is causing some reflection on how business is done. For members of the New Paltz School Board, it’s time to revise how public comment is reviewed.
New Paltz School Board members have named Gregory Warren as interim high school principal. Mario Fernandez left that position in June, advising that he wanted to be closer to home near Albany for a variety of reasons. Warren will be serving as interim principal while on leave as the district’s athletic director, and until a permanent replacement is found.
Kevin C. Weinman, chief financial and administrative officer at Amherst College, will become Marist College’s fifth president in early fall. Weinman will take over from Dennis J. Murray, who has led Marist for nearly 40 years.
Dr. Albert J. Williams-Myers, professor emeritus at SUNY New Paltz and chair for 37 years of its Department of Black Studies, died after a brief illness on Monday, July 12, at the age of 82.
At their meeting to reorganize for the new school year, school board trustees of the New Paltz district selected Bianca Tanis as their president and Brian Cournoyer to be vice-president.
Drawing on federal aid, New Paltz School Board members have created three new positions around helping students process and recover from the jarring transition to learning from home, which has resulted in learning gaps and emotional trauma for many youngsters.
New Paltz School Board members at their July 13 meeting authorized signing a contract to film meetings for posting and broadcasting live.
There was much to be celebrated. Not only did the 225-odd members of the New Paltz High School Class of 2021 complete their final year of high school, but they were able to all be together, for the first time in almost a year-and-a-half, unmasked, smiles showing, with their family and friends, educators, coaches and community surrounding them.
This year’s Distinguished Friend of Education Award, which comes from the Ulster County’s School Boards Association, has been given to someone who has had an outsized impact in the New Paltz district: Phoenix Kawamoto.