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New Paltz Middle school students will be given the privilege of using a locker

New Paltz Middle school students will be given the privilege of using a locker

It’s time to teach kids in the New Paltz Middle School a skill that is new to many of them: how to use a locker. Those icons of life in public school have been off-limits since students have returned to the halls, because no one was sure how to keep the little ones six feet apart during that chaotic period between classes. The answer will be tight-fisted control over who gets to what lockers, and when.

Hudson Valley elementary students will set up their own postal system

Hudson Valley elementary students will set up their own postal system

Drawing upon a program New Paltz teacher Melissa Feldmann experienced growing up, she is putting in place an in-school postal system. Students — and teachers and administrators — will be able to write letters to one another, maintaining social connections even among people no longer sharing the same classroom. Those letters will be sorted and delivered by some of the same children who will be learning a particular set of communication skills that can feel forgotten in an age of text messages and tweets.

Big changes at SUNY New Paltz

Big changes at SUNY New Paltz

It seems like there’s always construction somewhere on campus at SUNY New Paltz. That fact can slip under the radar because what’s built on state land isn’t subject to Planning Board review like every other project in New Paltz, because local zoning rules do not have to be considered in any way.

BOCES eyes $39MM, four-year renovation project to modernize facilities

BOCES eyes $39MM, four-year renovation project to modernize facilities

For the first time in generations, there are going to be significant renovations to the facilities under control of the Ulster County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, better known as BOCES. The open question is how the bills for the project are to be paid. BOCES administrators came to the November 3 School Board meeting in New Paltz to explain alternatives: either trustees of the eight school boards in the county decide how to finance their proportional share, or county voters can decide on a bond package by voting on a referendum. 

Unmasked attendee kicked out of Hudson Valley school board meeting while questioning COVID policies

Unmasked attendee kicked out of Hudson Valley school board meeting while questioning COVID policies

New Paltz has its share of residents who are skeptical about vaccine mandates. Historically, those who speak on that issue at School Board meetings present themselves as people who have reviewed scientific data and have reached different conclusions than policymakers. Their bearing communicates fear and worry, but also polite respect. That was not the impression given by two individuals who attended the October 20 meeting, however. Rather, some trustees bristled to hear unfounded allegations about coronavirus vaccines; tensions rose when the two were asked to cover their faces — in compliance with state law — or leave.