Feb. 23-25: More than 100 students will take to the New Paltz Middle School auditorium’s stage — and backstage, and even the auditorium’s floor — to present a gigantic and tuneful extravaganza.
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Thomas M. Bongiovi was hired last October as interim superintendent. His appointment through 2021 was approved unanimously.
A planned session on racial equity scheduled for the January 24 meeting of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education didn’t go entirely as organizers may have intended, but community members organized around this issue appear to have gotten closer to achieving one of their goals, the establishment of a board committee that would oversee such issues in the district.
Several students expressed discomfort, one likening it to being Jewish and living in “Hitler Hall.” Members of the community tended to express support for having a dialogue, but more likely to defend the wider legacy of the town’s founding families.
Some of the topics discussed include the district’s English as a New Language program, the racial equity initiative, the tragic loss of another student, and new standards.
Drug education never left America’s schools, but it hasn’t been stressed since the days of D.A.R.E. With record numbers of young people in rural areas dying of opiate overdoses, the Highland School District is stressing an all-grades substance abuse education program.
Issues of discrimination appear to be coming to a head in the New Paltz schools.
“College is a formative time in young people’s lives and it is critical that we provide our students with the necessary tools to avoid making bad decisions with potentially life-altering consequences.”
“Communication will be key” among cadres and the district-wide committee, said the district superintendent, who mentioned racial issues specifically.
The New Paltz Central School District recently held a community forum for parents, students and community members to offer their input about the ongoing initiative to establish racial equity in the schools.