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Challengers sweep Saugerties School Board election

Challengers sweep Saugerties School Board election

They said they wanted to change the way the School Board does things. Voters said, “go right ahead.” According to unofficial results of the May 19 vote, School Board challengers Raymond “Mike” Maclary, Robert Thomann and James Mooney have been elected to the School Board, displacing veteran incumbents Don Tucker, Tom Ham and Richard Petramale....
School Board Letters: From the candidates

School Board Letters: From the candidates

School Board culture must change My name is Robert Thomann and I am running for the for the Board of Education with the Saugerties School District. I have 35 years experience in public education and previously served on the Saugerties Board from 2011-2014. I am a member of the School Administrators Association of New York...
Saugerties School Board president fires back at critics

Saugerties School Board president fires back at critics

Board of Education President George Heidcamp responded to criticisms he and his fellow board members have received in recent weeks during the board’s May meeting. Heidcamp first took issue with the accusation that he had silenced or shut down parents who had come before the board to speak. He referred to the district policy on...
School Board Letters: From the community

School Board Letters: From the community

Stick with the winners Please join with me in voting for Tom Ham, Richard Petramale and Donald Tucker for the Saugerties School Board. These incumbents have a proven record of voting in a fiscally conservative manner while still providing quality education for the students of the Saugerties School District. Tom Ham is a senior electric...
School Board Letters: From fellow trustees

School Board Letters: From fellow trustees

Incumbents are dedicated I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts regarding the Saugerties Central School District budget vote and board trustee election. I share these thoughts as a private citizen. I will cast my vote for Don Tucker, Richard Petramale and Tom Ham and I will offer the reasons for this...
Saugerties school election guide

Saugerties school election guide

When’s the vote? Tuesday, May 19 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the district’s four elementary schools.   Who’s running for office? This year, the choice is clear: The incumbents are all running together and supported by the board leadership, while the challengers are all running together, supported by those who would like to...
Meet the Candidates: Richard Petramale

Meet the Candidates: Richard Petramale

Incumbent Richard Petramale has served on the School Board for 12 years. He is the owner of Saugerties Carpets and has one grown son. What do you think of the current board and its priorities? The current board consists of enthusiastic and hard-working people who care about the students and offering them the best education...
3d printing comes to Saugerties

3d printing comes to Saugerties

Two 3D printers were on display at the April Board of Education meeting. The printers, a Makerbot Replicator 2 and a Craftbot 3D, are currently being used in computer aided design (CAD) and design and drawing for production (DDP) classes in the high school. Technology teacher John Washburn says the eighth grade students, too, will...
Letter: Stick with School Board incumbents

Letter: Stick with School Board incumbents

New York State requires a 95 percent test participation rate in order to avoid the risk of losing federal and state aid. According to a compilation of data from the NYS Education Department, Saugerties CSD is identified as not having met participation standards for 2015. Read all of this week’s school-election-related letters in the print...
Letter: School Board silliness knows no bounds

Letter: School Board silliness knows no bounds

In recent weeks Saugerties Times has been a perversely entertaining bulletin board for the lunacy of certain School Board trustees, as well as a record of our superintendent’s “oops-I’m-on-the-wrong-side-of-history” flip-flop of his anti-test refusal stance. It’s been so wacky that I hardly know where to begin… Read all of this week’s school-election-related letters in the...
Letter: Subterfuge in Saugerties School Board election

Letter: Subterfuge in Saugerties School Board election

I wanted to comment on the sinister plan revealed by George Heidcamp and Flo Hyatt in a letter to the paper last week. It is alarming to learn that in our very midst people are attempting to use the democratic process to influence government. That a group of concerned citizens should band together to amplify...
Poll: Saugerties School Board trustee vote

Poll: Saugerties School Board trustee vote

Who’s your pick for Saugerties School Board trustee?   Read more about the candidates. And here’s what they look like:

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