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Choice for families is clear: vaccinate or home school

Choice for families is clear: vaccinate or home school

As schools all over the state wound down for the summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that removed religious vaccination exemptions for children attending school. The law was the latest in an effort to contain ongoing measles outbreaks in several New York counties. It mandates that unvaccinated students at public, private, and parochial schools have 30 days from their first day at school to provide proof they have received the first dose of required vaccinations.

Onteora’s top two

Onteora’s top two

Lindsy Voelker and Jules Schauffler, 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, will address their classmates at the June 28 graduation ceremony at Onteora’s main campus in Boiceville.

Onteora school budget passes easily, but low turnout a concern

Onteora school budget passes easily, but low turnout a concern

With what appears to be the lowest turnout in at least the last ten years, voters in the Onteora School District approved both spending propositions and board candidates Tuesday, passing the coming school year’s $57,403,498 budget with 406 voting yes to 192 no, a $6 million capital project 455 to 141, and confirming newcomer Dafne DeJesus and incumbent president Kevin Salem as board trustees with 436 and 443 votes, respectively.

Onteora Board, public, challenge budget proposal

Onteora Board, public, challenge budget proposal

Trustees of the Onteora Central School District board of education, along with parents and students, voiced their displeasure over aspects of Superintendent Victoria McLaren’s proposed budget for the upcoming school year at the April 2 board meeting at Phoenicia Elementary. Some expressed concern that that very building might eventually be placed on the chopping block, along with a popular teacher and special education services. 

Onteora bans Confederate flag, swastika after past incidents

Onteora bans Confederate flag, swastika after past incidents

The Onteora School Board voted 6-1 last month to ban displays of the Confederate flag and swastikas, revising the district’s code of conduct to include the symbols under prohibited conduct that “endangers the moral well-being, health, safety or welfare of others,” after incidents involving both symbols over the last two school years. The decision came just over a year after the board passed a resolution denouncing the flag as “a symbol of intimidation, harassment and hate.”