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Familiar face

Familiar face

Many Saugertiesians may already know Florence Hyatt, who won a position on the Board of Education last month, along with George Heidcamp and Angie Minew. Hyatt has lived in Saugerties since moving from New York City in 1989. She served on the School Board for 12 consecutive years from 1991-2003, including a term as president....
Write-in trouble

Write-in trouble

Some voters had a difficult time with the write-in portion of the May 21 school vote when it came to selecting candidates for the Board of Education. “I think the write-in vote for the School Board was a disaster,” said Susan Puretz, who voted at Morse school. “It was totally unclear where the slots were...
School Board: Minew, Heidcamp and Hyatt win seats

School Board: Minew, Heidcamp and Hyatt win seats

School Board of Trustee unofficial results in the May 21 vote were as follows: Angie Minew 985 votes, George Heidcamp 797 votes, Florence Hyatt 571 votes, Michael MacIsaac 504 votes, Robert Davies 204 votes, and Vincent McLaughlin 15 votes. Minew and Heidcamp were on the ballot while the remaining candidates were write-ins. School Board trustee...
What happens if voters nix school budget

What happens if voters nix school budget

At the May 14th board of education meeting, Superintendent Seth Turner said that a contingency budget is “not something which has been discussed at great length at the board of ed. level.” With a glint in his eye, Turner attributed this to “the power of positive thinking,” and added, “We know that the community is going...
Superintendent addresses high-stakes testing

Superintendent addresses high-stakes testing

Saugerties school district Superintendent Seth Turner took the April 9 meeting as an opportunity to address “a flurry of discussion on Facebook” about testing prompted by a Saugerties Times article about opposition to high-stakes standardized testing. Turner differed with some teachers in the article who said the district has been less forceful in advocating for...
Morse Elementary's television studio

Morse Elementary’s television studio

Last month, the high school completed an in-house television studio. Now, Morse Elementary School has joined in. At this rate, Saugerties will be soon be a Mecca for young television talent. Last Wednesday, students filmed the newest episode of Just Print It TV under the guidance and supervision of Special Ed teacher and JPI founder...
Turner: teachers’ union ignoring “economic reality”

Turner: teachers’ union ignoring “economic reality”

The strained relationship between Saugerties teachers and the district went public last week, with Superintendent Seth Turner issuing an exasperated memo to all district employees taking the union to task for its “refusal to recognize the economic realities of the time, and its unwillingness to place the interests of the students ahead of the financial...
Gun-control advocates refute pro-gun arguments

Gun-control advocates refute pro-gun arguments

A small but dedicated group of gun law reform advocates recently held a strategy session at the Inquiring Mind bookstore in Saugerties. “Our goal is not to propose legislation, but to support it,” said Martin Keith, who along with his wife, Euphrosyne Bloom, both of West Saugerties, organized and moderated the meeting. The primary item...
Saugerties school sees $2.2m shortfall

Saugerties school sees $2.2m shortfall

The Saugerties School District faces a $2.27 million budget gap with five months to go before the budget vote. Administrators say the gap is the result of large increases in employee pensions, salaries, and benefits with no expected increase in state aid to make up the difference. Asked if there might be cuts to sports,...
School kids team up with theater troupe

School kids team up with theater troupe

Fifth graders at Cahill Elementary School have caught the acting bug. For seven days they have worked with Arm-of-the-Sea Theater’s managing director, Patrick Wadden, to stage a “visual theater” production inspired by two oft-overlooked school murals: Edward Dreis’s “The Story of Paper Making,” which covers a cafeteria wall and depicts paper mill workers in an...
Triathletes do it on land and sea

Triathletes do it on land and sea

Despite the autumnal chill in the air, things heated up at Hunter Mountain last weekend and no small amount of sweat was shed, as competitors swam, biked, and finally ran their way through the newest and—if you believe the athletes—the toughest triathlon on the block. The two-day event was a part of the HITS Triathlon...
Starting smart, starting over at community college

Starting smart, starting over at community college

Job training. Two-year degrees. A cheaper first-half of a bachelor’s. An after-work exploration of a new subject for a lifetime learner. The Ulster County Community College (aka SUNY Ulster) is many things to many people. SUNY Ulster’s popularity might have something to do with the eminently affordable $2,065 per semester county residents pay for tuition....