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Saugerties’ Morse art & music fest may take a new path

Saugerties’ Morse art & music fest may take a new path

On its fifth anniversary, the annual event that gives students a chance to work with professionals in a variety of artistic fields — a.k.a. the annual Morse Rocks Music and Arts Festival — is bigger than ever. Held for the second year at the Smokin’ Pony on Kings Highway, Morse Rocks continued showing its mettle...
Saugerties BOE president seeks a changed culture and ‘a more harmonious place to work’

Saugerties BOE president seeks a changed culture and ‘a more harmonious place to work’

Though the lazy days of summer are upon us and local kids are enjoying time away from the classroom, the school district is still in operation. The official transition from the 2015-16 school year to 2016-17 marked by a meeting of the school board last week. Held in its customary setting in the high school...
Saugerties teachers help with educating Haitian children

Saugerties teachers help with educating Haitian children

Last week, a handful of educators from the Saugerties Central School District returned from a visit to Haiti. Organized through Opportunities for Communities (OfC), a not-for-profit educational group, the trip was focused on assisting local summer school teachers of restavek children. Cyn Kendall, a special education teacher at Mount Marion and Woodstock Day School who...
SHS Class of 2016 prepares for challenges ahead

SHS Class of 2016 prepares for challenges ahead

It was a whirlwind few days for the Class of 2016 graduates from Saugerties High School. They celebrated with a baccalaureate service at the Saugerties United Methodist Church on June 23 and graduated on June 25 followed by celebration parties at parents’, relatives’ and friends’ homes. At the service, Methodist Church pastor Tony Mecca told...
Rothe, Lukaszewsi lead SHS Class of 2016

Rothe, Lukaszewsi lead SHS Class of 2016

Mason Rothe has been named valedictorian and Nathaniel Lukaszewski, salutatorian of the Saugerties Senior High School’s Class of 2016. Mason and Nathaniel will be the featured speakers at the 120th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held this Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at the Saugerties Senior High School on Washington Avenue Extension. Mason is...
Future of Saugerties scholarships presented

Future of Saugerties scholarships presented

Ten high school seniors received the Future of Saugerties Scholarship award on Thursday, June 9 at Senior Awards Night at the school. Each will receive up to $10,000 each applied to their post-high school education for up to four years. The recipients are Ryan Dudzic, Rebecca-Lynn Dunham, Kelsey Gaulin, Meghan Hackett, Niall Healy, Jessica Miller,...
Saugerties school water safe to drink, though some lead found

Saugerties school water safe to drink, though some lead found

A recent test found 85 percent of faucets in the Saugerties school district were free of all contaminants, with the remaining 15 percent below the level designated by the EPA for concern. Superintendent Seht Turner said that there was cause for minor concern in the Hildebrandt Building, the administrative building on the Saugerties Junior/Senior High...
Saugerties School Board takes stock of budget and trustee vote results

Saugerties School Board takes stock of budget and trustee vote results

A week ago, voters in the Saugerties Central School District approved a $61.05 million budget proposal for the 2016-17 school year by what school officials said was a greater than 2-to-1 margin. At this week’s school board meeting, those numbers became clear: 1,096 votes were cast in favor of the spending plan, while 498 were...
Saugerties school budget passes, challengers oust incumbents

Saugerties school budget passes, challengers oust incumbents

Voters in the Saugerties Central School District Tuesday approved a $61.05 million budget proposal for the 2016-17 school year by what school officials said was a greater than 2-to-1 margin. Though no official tallies had been released by the district prior to press time, Superintendent Seth Turner reportedly confirmed the budget’s success on Facebook. Also...
Saugerties votes on $61 million school budget

Saugerties votes on $61 million school budget

School district voters will head to the polls at all four of the district’s elementary schools on Tuesday to decide the fate of a proposed $61-million spending plan for the 2016-17 school year. The budget proposal would increase spending by 2.93 percent, but would only include a 0.12 percent bump in the local property-tax levy....
Saugerties education forum tackles Common Core

Saugerties education forum tackles Common Core

Assemblyman Pete Lopez will host an education forum in Saugerties next Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium in Saugerties. The forum will focus on Common-Core issues and developing best practices for education reform. It is open to the public. “The rollout of Common Core has put undue pressure on our...
Hyatt, Minew seek reelection to Saugerties School Board

Hyatt, Minew seek reelection to Saugerties School Board

Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Saugerties school board next Tuesday. With only two incumbents running, at least one of those seats will be filled by a challenger. The three challengers — Katie Emerson-Hoss, Elena Maskell and Paul Van Schaack —are running under the Working Together: Families, Schools and Community umbrella....