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SHS presents “Cindarella” this weekend

SHS presents “Cindarella” this weekend

Sawyer Drama will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 at 2 and 7 p.m. The show, written by Douglas Carter Beane, is based on a 1950s live television adaptation of the classic fairytale, the only Rodgers & Hammerstein musical written for TV. The Saugerties production is...
Heidcamp not seeking reelection to Saugerties School Board

Heidcamp not seeking reelection to Saugerties School Board

Five candidates for three open seats on the Saugerties school board submitted petitions by Monday’s deadline, with former board president George Heidcamp the only incumbent not seeking re-election. Incumbents Florence B. Hyatt and Angie Minew are running again; challengers Elena Maskell, Katie Emerson-Hoss and Paul Van Schaack also want on the board. Monday, April 18...
Saugerties school budget comes in at $61 million; vote next month

Saugerties school budget comes in at $61 million; vote next month

Saugerties’ school board adopted a $61-million budget for the 2016-17 school year this week, a proposal which includes a 2.93 percent spending increase but only a 0.12 percent bump in the local property-tax levy. The budget was adopted less than two weeks after the New York State budget was approved, giving school districts a much...
Fewer Saugerties students opted out of state tests

Fewer Saugerties students opted out of state tests

This week, Saugerties joined school districts across New York in administering state assessments in math for students in grades three through eight. It was the second straight week of the standardized tests, with students taking math assessments this week. Preliminary opt-out figures for the ELA tests came in at 19 percent. That would represent a...
Saugerties schools to test water quality

Saugerties schools to test water quality

Mike Hopf, superintendent of the village water system that supplies water to all the Saugerties schools with the exception of Mount Marion, which receives is water from a private company, predicts the school district should find no problems when it conducts tests on the water at the schools. The Blue Mountain Reservoir has been supplying...
Saugerties school budget gap remains, but officials aren’t worried

Saugerties school budget gap remains, but officials aren’t worried

Earlier this month, administrators in the Saugerties Central School District revealed more information about their budget plans for the 2016-17 school year, with a gap between revenues and expenses coming in at roughly $420,000. But while that might seem like a substantial amount, school officials said they’re not concerned about it yet. The budget was...
Saugerties AP gov’t students discuss presidential election

Saugerties AP gov’t students discuss presidential election

Primary politics has always been a blood sport. In the past, candidates’ verbal barbs would draw the figurative blood, but this election cycle with the anger generated by the Trump campaign, the blood has been all too real — and that has high school students who will be voting for the first time, wondering, “What’s...
BOE trustee says cyberbullying law would result in misdemeanor charges for kids

BOE trustee says cyberbullying law would result in misdemeanor charges for kids

Saugerties Board of Education member Angie Minew last week criticized legislation proposed by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein that would make cyberbullying a crime, saying that as it’s currently written, the proposed law was flawed. In Hein’s proposal earlier this year, anyone found guilty of cyberbullying — spreading personal information or making hurtful comments about...
Opt-out policy for Common Core tests debated by Saugerties BOE

Opt-out policy for Common Core tests debated by Saugerties BOE

While the Saugerties Central School District appears to be leaning toward allowing teachers to determine how students who opt out of state-mandated standardized tests spend their exam time, a directive designed to give parents more clarity could change that. The resolution, which board president Robert Thomann presented as the board seeks clarity on a matter...
Saugerties Junior High Honor Roll announced

Saugerties Junior High Honor Roll announced

Grade 7 High Honor Roll – McKenna Alberts, Isabella Armstrong, Marie Arrandale, Simon Baker, Donovan Barros, Kimberlee Bartells, Matthew Belfance, Emily Bitting, Mia Bourguignon, Madeline Bucci, Laurel Burch, Sierra Carlew, Jessica Carter, Liang Chu, Dominic Clark, Eva Cohan, Isabel Cordero, Carmen Costello, Molly Daggett, Alana DePasquale, Robert Drost, John Dumont, Theresa Fiscaletti, Devin Fitzpatrick, Dylan Gallina,...
Saugerties school program aims to help students avoid life’s pitfalls

Saugerties school program aims to help students avoid life’s pitfalls

The Saugerties school district is embracing No More, a program to help students navigate some of the pitfalls facing young people in the modern age.  Carole Kelder and Ginger Vail, made a presentation to the school board last month. “No More is a districtwide initiative made up of administrators, educators, parents and community members who...
Saugerties High School Honor Roll announced

Saugerties High School Honor Roll announced

The second quarter honorees are as follows: Grade 9 High Honor Roll Carly Bailey, Jackson Baker, Daniel Ball, Mason Beck, Sasha -Kay Bernard, Erin Blank, Taylor Brooks, Cheyenne Candlin, Emily Christiansen, Shyanne Clark, Josie Clawson, Kailey Collins, Angelina Cordero, Jessica Curtis, Megan Czebatol, Mercy Danner, Allyson De Celle, Trevor Dennis, Faith Dugan, Amber Engwiller, Evan...