While the new wing is barely visible from Main Street and completely hidden from South Manheim Boulevard, it’s not at all small.
New Paltz Times | Education
New Paltz Middle School will educate more than 500 students this year in grades six through eight. At the helm as principal will be Ann Sheldon, formerly the school’s assistant principal. And while the new position will bring increased responsibilities, she says, Sheldon doesn’t anticipate her daily activities will change all that much.
“These buildings were named for the original Huguenot patentees who were the first European settlers in New Paltz,” wrote college president Donald Christian. “Like other Europeans who settled in New York and other mid-Atlantic states, they enslaved Africans. The campus building names have been contentious on campus for many years, and official action to review them was long overdue.”
If there’s one thing that SUNY New Paltz knows how to do well, it’s how to make an incoming student feel welcome.
New Paltz School District residents who feel that the swift replacement of the middle school principal represented a missed opportunity are, in the week of still more administrative openings, redoubling their efforts to inject transparency into the hiring process.
The district welcomed a new assistant principal for the Middle School as the search beings for a new principal for Duzine Elementary.
The new principal of the New Paltz Middle School students, Ann Sheldon, assumed the school’s top leadership position on July 1. She previously served two years as assistant principal. Sheldon replaces Dr. Richard Wiesenthal, who retired at the end of the present school year.
Several community members objected to the unexpected resignation of the middle-school principal and quick appointment of a successor, which one said was “shrouded in mystery.” Specifically, they said the appointment was a missed opportunity to increase diversity among administrators. There was talk of a lawsuit.
Last week, leaders of the town and village of New Paltz learned that $200,000 in what’s called SUNY impact aid is headed this way. The aid helps defray the costs incurred by the town servicing the college.
New Paltz High School’s Class of 2018 graduated last Friday, so Cameryn Lesko-Jelley’s days of profiling her fellow seniors for the New Paltz Times on a weekly basis are done. But one story remains to be told in these pages: Lesko’s own.