New Paltz Central School District voters supported a $63,640,000 budget with 782 casting a ballot in favor and 320 opposed. Voters in the Highland Central School District also approved the budget proposed to them, with 629 votes for and 197 opposed to a budget of $44,442,937.
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New Paltz voters will be asked to approve a $63.6 million budget; Highland voters a $44.4 million budget. Two candidates are seeking two open seats in each district.
Members of the public gave the board an earful about their decision to eliminate the positions of four “sys-ops” employees; systems operation specialists who work as technology assistants to the teachers and who, according to several of the speakers at last Wednesday’s meeting, are the people who do the real heavy lifting in the schools when it comes to technology issues.
Superintendent Thomas Bongiovi said that after receiving a complaint regarding an employee last week, “the district did a prompt and thorough investigation, and the employee ultimately resigned from the district.” He added that the New York State Department of Education was also notified.
Trustees were asked to notify parents more quickly of threats to their children and to be more proactive about responding to incidents of racism and anti-Semitism, of which there have been 10 reported in all four schools in recent months.
Incumbent Sophia Skiles is running to retain her seat for a second term and Bianca Tanis is a first-time candidate running for the seat of Matthew Williams, whose term ends on June 30.
The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters to approve a $63,640,000 budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The vote will be held at the high school on Tuesday, May 21. The budget reflects a 2.98 percent increase over the current 2018-19 budget and includes a 3.98 percent tax levy increase.
The New Paltz Central School District Board of Education devoted their entire regular meeting of Wednesday, March 27 to a community budget forum. Many more people than usual attended the session, with two prominent themes emerging: the school community’s desire for smaller class sizes and overall support for the proposed Wellness Center.
It’s always good news when New Paltz High School’s Drama Club performs its annual spring musical; but this year, the headlines are the headlines.
Highland High School has lifted a “shelter in place” order put into effect Thursday afternoon while law enforcement investigated a disturbing social media post. According to Superintendent of Schools Thomas Bongiovi, the building has now been cleared.