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.
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“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
At an emotional regular meeting of the New Paltz school board last Wednesday, June 19, the school board asked schools superintendent Maria Rice to suspend the involuntary teacher transfers she had instigated recently, pending school-board approval and mutually agreed-upon mediation between Rice and leadership of the New Paltz United Teachers (NPUT) union.
Despite receiving a letter signed by more than 100 New Paltz High School graduating seniors asking to hold their commencement ceremony on the football field, as has been the tradition over the years, school officials have denied the students’ petition and will hold graduation in the SUNY New Paltz gymnasium on Wednesday, June 26.
The teachers were angry and frustrated with the district over several employment situations. They were not happy about the elimination of the four sys-ops positions in the coming school year; the systems operation specialists who work as technology assistants to the teachers at each of the schools, helping students navigate complicated software. But their particular focus was what they characterized as unwarranted, unwanted transfers of longtime teachers to assignments elsewhere in the district, far removed from their ﬁeld of expertise.
There were two large tables decorated with maroon-and-white New Paltz logos and draperies as backdrops for this prestigious ceremony, where students were called up one by one, their sport and college named and then photos taken of them signing, alone and with their families, friends and fellow teammates.
“It feels like a gut punch to not be able to graduate on the field that we’ve been imagining for 12 years,” said senior class president, Evan Holland-Shepler.