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Hundreds of Hudson Valley kids quarantined at home in abundance of Covid caution

Hundreds of Hudson Valley kids quarantined at home in abundance of Covid caution

Local school districts are continuing to keep an eye on COVID-19, with positive cases rising in Ulster County and concerns of the Omicron variant and further spread during the holidays. But they also caution that protocols are working in schools, and the amount of cases among students since the start of the academic year are still relatively low, with a few noting that it’s believed most of the spread happens outside of school. 

$39MM capital project has BOCES superintendent on a whistle-stop tour

$39MM capital project has BOCES superintendent on a whistle-stop tour

The Ulster BOCES whistle-stop tour of local school districts hit Saugerties recently as Superintendent Charles Khoury shared plans for a $39-million capital project for improvements at their Port Ewen and New Paltz locations. Should districts like Saugerties approve the plan, Khoury said, they would have greater flexibility over how to structure financing. 

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.