Schools
What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

Two recurring issues for the Saugerties School Board led to a sometimes contentious discussion at the September meeting: Information trustees receive from the superintendent prior to meetings, and the district’s controversial policy for students who opt out of standardized tests, which requires them to sit at their desks for the duration of the lengthy tests...
How to pick the right college

How to pick the right college

Former college admission director Sandra M. Moore will present “How to Find Great and Affordable Colleges” at the Saugerties Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation aims to teach parents and college-bound students how to discover and compare institutions that are generous with need-based or merit aid. Moore is the founder...
It could happen here

It could happen here

Saugerties has resisted taking on the issue of school violence and violence against children in a serious manner. Incidents like the Newtown, Conn. school massacre have shown that school violence can happen anywhere. How do we stay aware and vigilant and defeat the notion of that cannot happen here? Can there be a discussion about...
POLL: Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

POLL: Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

A growing body of research suggests students would do better if the school day started later, but school officials warn the transition would not be easy. What do you think?  
Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

The lazy days of summer are over. Saugerties students are once again waking up bright and early to make it to class. For middle and high school students, that means 7:45 a.m. But a growing body of research suggests school districts should consider letting students sleep in. A new policy statement by the American Academy...
Closing the skills gap with online learning

Closing the skills gap with online learning

As everyone entitled to a job? Or do individuals need to make sure they have the skills needed by employers, or the skills needed to create their own job? One of the main reasons for the rising income gap is lack of education and skills for the current job market. As school starts this year,...
For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

For Saugerties class of 2015, it’s the beginning of the end

Photo by Ali Zacker Gale Simmons Plaza is filled to capacity with teenagers. It’s an annual tradition: Each year’s incoming senior class masses at the plaza, dressed in Sawyer blue, some with painted faces and cars, poses for photos and generally revels in their top-of-the-heap status. It’s not anarchy, but it is hectic; kids are...
Woman’s Club graduation award winner

Woman’s Club graduation award winner

Dorothy Cappello, treasurer of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Saugerties, presented this year’s graduation award to Natale Scally, who will study nursing at Pace University.
A voice for parents in school decisions

A voice for parents in school decisions

After criticism that the district left parents out of the loop on a plan to reorganize Riccardi Elementary School, the subject of Shared Decision Making is again being discussed by the School Board. Shared Decision Making is just what it sounds like — parents meet with the educators and provide input on choices facing the...
New BOE trustees want more info sooner

New BOE trustees want more info sooner

At the August meeting, recently elected School Board trustees Krista Barringer and Damion Ferraro continued to make waves, expressing dissatisfaction at the level of detail and timeliness of the information provided by the board leadership prior to regular meetings. Barringer abstained from several personnel appointments, explaining she needed information about the appointees — not just...
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...