Schools
Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

Saugerties superintendent gets ‘good job’ raise

School Superintendent Seth Turner will receive a two-percent increase for merit following an evaluation by the Board of Education over and above his regular two-percent annual increase. He earned $164,487 in the most recent school year. In thanking the board, Turner noted that he’d turned down this raise in each of the past four years....
Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

Educators see poverty as barrier to achievement

According to the recently released 2012-2013 school report card, 43 percent of Saugerties Central School District students are considered economically disadvantaged. This figure is determined by the number of students whose families participate in economic assistance programs, such as the free and reduced price lunch program or SSI. During the July School Board meeting, business...
New School Board trustees interrogate leadership

New School Board trustees interrogate leadership

Tensions between the two newly appointed School Board trustees, Krista Barringer and Damion Ferraro, and Superintendent Seth Turner and the remainder of the sitting board members were apparent during the July 8 meetings. There were two meetings held back to back: an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which was to designate staffing and service...
Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

Dirtmeister inspires kids with science

You don’t need an expensive laboratory with beakers and test tubes to practice science, says Steve Tomecek, known to kids across the country as “The Dirtmeister” from his appearances on Magic School Bus, Sesame Street and ABCmouse.com. Approximately 75 children, many sitting on the floor almost at his feet, came to see Tomecek’s show at...
Saugerties graduates ready to take on the world

Saugerties graduates ready to take on the world

Photos by Ali Zacker Gale and Ulster BOCES   With diplomas in hand and tassels flipped, the Class of 2014 graduated from Saugerties High School on Saturday morning, officially becoming what Superintendent Seth Turner called “next in line to bring pride to our community.” Sitting before a large gathering of family members that Board of Education Trustee...
Schoolhouse rot

Schoolhouse rot

The School Board voted June 24 to allot up to $494,000 to replace Cahill Elementary School’s boiler. The boiler has been called the “district’s highest priority” by board Vice President Tom Ham. During the 2013-2014 school year, custodial staff have had to spend large portions of their time in the basement keeping it running. Although...
High school graduation Saturday, June 28

High school graduation Saturday, June 28

The Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony will be held Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Saugerties Senior High School. Weather permitting the ceremony will be outside (Tickets not needed.) If the ceremony needs to held inside, each graduate is allotted four tickets. Tickets are available for students to pick up in the main...
Polyglot pupils receive plaudits

Polyglot pupils receive plaudits

Two Saugerties School District students were feeling très bien recently after learning that they had won a state award for their hard work and commitment to learning French. Saugerties High School senior Austin Beaudette and Saugerties Junior High School eighth grade student Kira Daniels were selected as Mid-Hudson/Westchester region honorees by the New York State...
Plan would fundamentally alter traditional single-teacher elementary classrooms

Plan would fundamentally alter traditional single-teacher elementary classrooms

The Riccardi Elementary School principal and several teachers are excited about “departmentalization,” which would restructure the school to be more like the middle school and high school, with teachers specializing in subjects and teaching the same students in subsequent years. Riccardi parents? Not so much. At least that was the story at the June 10...
SLIDESHOW: Saugerties Senior Prom

SLIDESHOW: Saugerties Senior Prom

Photos by Alen Fetahi
School Board vote finalized

School Board vote finalized

The winners of the School Board election remained the same after the affidavit and absentee ballots were counted on Tuesday, May 27. The candidates with the top three vote counts were incumbent Charles Schirmer with 1160 votes, and newcomers Damion Ferraro and Krista Barringer, with 1110 votes and 998 votes respectively. These three will serve...
POLL: Gun show at the Kiwanis Ice Arena

POLL: Gun show at the Kiwanis Ice Arena

A gun show scheduled for June 13-15 has proven controversial because of its location at the Kiwanis Ice Arena, just down the road from the junior/senior high school. Read last week’s article and reader comments.  In response to concerns from residents, the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties publicly declared its lack of involvement, writing a letter...