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KHS teachers suggest naming building for Wendell Scherer

KHS teachers suggest naming building for Wendell Scherer

In an emotional plea by two Kingston High English teachers at last week’s school board meeting, the Kingston Board of Education was asked to consider naming a building at the school in memory of the late Wendell Scherer. Teachers Christina Krzywonos and Lainie Silverberg spoke in favor of honoring Scherer by naming a building after...
Obama, Cuomo diss standardized tests, but what does it mean for Kingston?

Obama, Cuomo diss standardized tests, but what does it mean for Kingston?

With the controversy over standardized testing in public schools still at a rolling boil, some national and state politicians are publicly calling for a reduction in the amount of time devoted to them. But what will that mean for local students in the Kingston City School District? That remains to be seen. Though local advocates...
Meagher? $7 million to turn it into offices, pre-K hub, storage

Meagher? $7 million to turn it into offices, pre-K hub, storage

Kingston City School District officials have long mulled turning the vacant Frank L. Meagher Elementary School into a new base of operations. Now they have an estimated price tag to make it happen: $7 million. At a school board meeting earlier this month, representatives of Albany-based CSArch Architecture outlined a proposed project which would turn...
Ulster BOCES labs teach students the very latest in modern manufacturing

Ulster BOCES labs teach students the very latest in modern manufacturing

For those unfamiliar with the new Manufacturing Lab at Ulster County BOCES’ Port Ewen facility, its recent open house was an education in and of itself. The lab itself is a large room with highly polished floors and about 10 medium-large box-like machines. Attached to most of the machines were computer displays, flashing varied and...
Kingston school building projects roll on; bids awarded for KHS

Kingston school building projects roll on; bids awarded for KHS

The words many local kids are loathe to hear on long, lazy afternoons are now being said with urgency, and legitimacy: Summer vacation is almost over. This summer, in the Kingston City School District and in particular at Kingston High School, the beginning of a new school year isn’t just marked by the perennial questions...
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...