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Scherer re-elected school board president, Childs is veep

Scherer re-elected school board president, Childs is veep

A school board traditionally sees its members serve three-year terms, which can seem either like an eternity or the blink of an eye in the world of public education. But there are even shorter terms on the board — the presidency and vice-presidency, voted on each year at a reorganizational meeting. In Kingston, the annual...
Alan Roberts will be the next SUNY Ulster president

Alan Roberts will be the next SUNY Ulster president

SUNY Ulster has named Alan Roberts of Indian River, Fla. as the college’s sixth president, effective July 27. Roberts’ appointment to a three-year contract was approved by SUNY leaders on Monday. Roberts, 52, succeeds Donald Katt, 68, who will retire on Aug. 15 after 47 years with the college. The new president will draw an...
Project labor agreement not a good deal for school district, analysis finds

Project labor agreement not a good deal for school district, analysis finds

The Kingston school board has decided against a project labor agreement (PLA) for the $137.5 million “Second Century” Kingston High School renovation plan. An engineer’s study for the district found that limiting construction bids to union contractors could add between $4.73 million and $11.18 million to the project cost. A little over a month after...
Kingston math opt-outs at 44 percent

Kingston math opt-outs at 44 percent

One week after 43 percent of eligible students in the Kingston City School District were opted out of standardized tests in English Language Arts (ELA), school officials said the percentage had crept up to 44 percent for last week’s math. Last week, school officials confirmed that of the 2,813 students in grades three through eight...
Kingston City School District opt-out rate at 43%

Kingston City School District opt-out rate at 43%

Some 43 percent of Kingston City School students were opted out of this week’s English Language Arts Common Core tests, district officials announced Thursday. According to the district, there were 2,813 students eligible to take the test, and 1,212 did not, for a participation rate of 57 percent. The KCSD rate is high for schools in...
Letters: Revote required; corridor is public property

Letters: Revote required; corridor is public property

Time for another vote Over the past two weeks we’ve read articles on how screwed up the plan is to build a new high school. It’s time for the district and school board to declare the existing vote to build a new high school null and void and schedule a new vote on whatever you have...
KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

Kingston City School District officials said this week the $137.5 million Kingston High School Second Century Capital Plan will have to go five years deeper into the century in order to get the most out of the state aid funding the bulk of the project. The scope of the project has also been reduced, said...
Dissatisfaction with Cuomo common bond among local educators

Dissatisfaction with Cuomo common bond among local educators

With the refusal to supply school districts with aid runs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s position on educational funding this year is unpopular with many people involved in public education. Cuomo has tied this year’s state funding for public schools to adoption of his “reform” package. Feb. 23’s education forum at the M. Clifford Miller Middle School...
Reform and dissent: Locals’ issues with Cuomo’s agenda

Reform and dissent: Locals’ issues with Cuomo’s agenda

Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration broke with the longstanding tradition of providing school districts across New York State with “runs,” the projected aid increases, based on the governor’s education funding proposal, which district officials use to help shape their own budgets. Administration officials confirmed the school runs were being withheld because the governor’s...
KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

School districts across New York were thrown for a loop last week when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration declined to provide school runs, the projected aid increases district officials use to help shape their budget proposals. Administration officials confirmed the school runs were being withheld because the governor’s education reform agenda hasn’t been met favorably by...
Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

As the Kingston City School District moves forward on its Second Century renovation plan for Kingston High School, a school board trustee is asking whether the remade KHS will make provisions for transgender students. Early in December, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4-2 for a policy change which allows transgender Shenendehowa High School students...
Student seriously hurt in bus incident

Student seriously hurt in bus incident

A Kingston High School student was hit by a school bus carrying 38 students of J. Watson Bailey Middle School on Friday afternoon, sustaining serious injuries after reportedly darting into oncoming traffic. Dominick Kelder, a 16-year-old Kingston resident is being treated at Albany Medical Center for a fractured skull, fractured pelvis and multiple lacerations. According...