Schools
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....
Rate of state assessment test refusals slowed in Saugerties

Rate of state assessment test refusals slowed in Saugerties

Fewer students in the Saugerties Central School District opted out of state assessments this year than in 2015, a trend seen in other districts across the state. For six days over two weeks in April, students in grades 3-8 were given English Language Arts and math tests, with some parents opting their children out of...
Three challengers run together for Saugerties School Board seats

Three challengers run together for Saugerties School Board seats

Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Saugerties Central School District’s Board of Education later this month, and with only two incumbents running at least one of those seats will be filled by a challenger. But with the three challengers running under the “Working Together: Families, Schools and Community” umbrella, the challengers...
Heidcamp, oft-embattled School Board trustee, looks back without regrets

Heidcamp, oft-embattled School Board trustee, looks back without regrets

After nine years on the Saugerties school board, George Heidcamp is stepping down, choosing not to run for reelection as his third term comes to a close. First elected in 2007, Heidcamp said he ran because he felt, after being a regular speaker during the public-comment period of board meetings, that he could accomplish more...
Auto show at Saugerties High School celebrates 9th year

Auto show at Saugerties High School celebrates 9th year

Some were chopped and channeled, others were moon-wheeled. Some had candy-coated paint jobs, while others were their original colors. Some were restored by teens, husbands and wives, and some haven’t been touched since the day they rolled off the assembly line. Some were built for the track and others the road, and a few weren’t...