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.
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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.”
Rachel Hoffstatter, a budding young artist about to graduate from Saugerties High School, had her artwork on display and was awarded a $100 scholarship from the Ulster County Art Association at the Frank Greco Senior Center on June 4.
Six students in Saugerties High School’s computer and video production program were recognized last month for their short film, “Past is Present (A Film Within a Film),” which finished among the top 30 submissions in an annual nationwide contest.
Saugerties High School has long offered a wide range of course options for the musically inclined, both instrumentalists and voice students. The school’s music program recently added a digital piano lab, giving students a chance to practice in a judgment-free zone.
Saugerties school district voters on Tuesday approved a $65.3-million budget, with about 64 percent the votes in the affirmative. The vote was 670 in support of the spending plan and 345 opposed. The budget meets the state’s cap of a 2.67 percent tax levy increase.
With no separate propositions and three incumbents running unopposed for reelection to the school board, the only uncertainty going into next Tuesday’s school district election is the fate of the $65.3-million budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year.