A new district safety plan, and a deal with Ellenville regarding homeless students.
Saugerties Times | Schools
There are some changes afoot this year in Saugerties schools.
With the sudden closure of John A. Coleman Catholic High School ahead of the 2019-20 school year, the local public school districts say they are ready to accommodate a modest increase in student enrollment.
New Saugerties school district superintendent Kirk Reinhardt says he intends a greater focus on shared decision-making in the next two years. Casting a wider net and involving more people in educational processes will lead to a more harmonious relationship between the district and the community it serves, he believes.
Many Saugerties students have their noses in books rather than smartphones thanks to different reading programs designed to stimulate the minds of kids outside the classroom.
Superintendent Kirk Reinhardt and business manager Jane St. Amour took the helm July 1, after the district spent the 2018-19 school year with interim administrators in their place.
The Saugerties High School Class of 2019, consisting of 215 seniors, graduated during the school’s 123rd commencement exercises on the morning of Saturday, June 29.
The ceremony is planned for the vast lawn in front of the high school, but would be moved indoors should the weather be an issue; no tickets are necessary for an outdoor commencement, but if it’s held indoors graduates will have an allotment of four tickets apiece.
Lawrence Mautone served the Saugerties school district as deputy superintendent, Mount Marion principal, and social studies teacher.
“It’s a great small-knit community,” said Reinhardt of Saugerties. “I grew up here (in Kingston) so I know the community. I’ve been at Cantine Field, I’ve been at Kiwanis, I’ve been at the Garlic Festival. It’s a great little community.”