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Lyric Blanch gets full scholarship to play basketball for St. Michael’s

Lyric Blanch gets full scholarship to play basketball for St. Michael’s

Lyric Blanch, a 17-year-old senior point guard on Kingston High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team signed a letter of intent this week to continue playing the game at the collegiate level when she moves on to St. Michael’s College in the fall. Blanch will receive a full athletic scholarship to play basketball for the Purple...
Anybody wanna buy a school? Actually, yes

Anybody wanna buy a school? Actually, yes

The Kingston City School District has received bids on three of their former elementary schools, two of which were shuttered over the past two years as part of a comprehensive redistricting plan which sought to address declining student enrollment. Frank L. Meagher Elementary was closed after the 2011-12 school year, with Anna Devine, Sophie Finn...
Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

(Editor’s note: The KCSD cancelling school on Friday, Jan. 10, means that a day will have to be taken from Memorial Day break.) Winter is only officially a few weeks old, but thanks to an eventful run of weather, the Kingston City School District has already used up its entire allotment of snow days for...
Editorial: I'm proud of you, school district

Editorial: I’m proud of you, school district

The community of the Kingston City School District took a step forward on Tuesday, approving the high school bond by a slim, but not razor-thin,  margin. In a time when school building bonds have a tough time getting by (Highland’s and Arlington’s both went down), more voters than not showed they have some vision, faith...
Kingston High School bond passes 2,265-2,082

Kingston High School bond passes 2,265-2,082

Kingston City School District voters Tuesday approved a $137.5 million bond to thoroughly renovate and remodel Kingston High School. The measure passed 2,265-2,082 – a substantially larger turnout than any recent school budget election. At the district headquarters on Crown Street, the small group of KCSD staffers, school board trustees and citizens erupted into applause...

Editorial: Support the high school bond

If your house looked the way Kingston High School looks — with crumbling plaster, water-stained ceilings, radiators so rusted they look like they were salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic and plumbing that hasn’t been redone since god-knows-when — you’d be ashamed to let anybody in. That’s the gut reaction to next week’s $137.5...
What’s it gonna be, Kingston? Yes or no?

What’s it gonna be, Kingston? Yes or no?

After years of planning and months of pitching, voters in the Kingston City School District on Tuesday will get the final say on the proposed $137.5 million renovation plan for Kingston High School. An informal poll undertaken by the Kingston Times so far shows it could be a photo finish. (Check out the poll on...
Take our poll on the Kingston High School bond vote!

Take our poll on the Kingston High School bond vote!

The $137 million Kingston High School bond issue will be voted on next Tuesday, Dec. 10. According to Kingston City School District Superintendent Paul Padalino, the state, by law, is required to reimburse the district for 60 percent of eligible construction costs, leaving a net for local taxpayers of about $55 million. Based on current...
Tiger field hockey’s commitment to excellence carries team to Final Four

Tiger field hockey’s commitment to excellence carries team to Final Four

Calling the Kingston High School varsity field hockey team a “Team of Destiny” would perilously ignore the hard work and dedication the players and head coach Deb Eaton have put into this near-perfect season. But the Tigers’ return to the state final four this weekend for the first time in five years certainly can’t come...
Core beliefs: GW talk on new curriculum

Core beliefs: GW talk on new curriculum

The Common Core State Standards, a new math and English curriculum implemented into New York State’s public schools last year, is meeting resistance from many teachers and parents due to its more rigorous standards, tougher tests and quick pace of implementation. At George Washington Elementary School in Kingston, however, no one’s sweating it. To reassure...
Letter: How is this the answer?

Letter: How is this the answer?

How is this the answer? On the subject of declining pupil population in the Kingston City School District, here are the facts. From 2001 to 2012, enrollment fell from 8,237 to 6,324. That’s a total of 1,913 students, or 23.2 percent. Four separate studies commissioned by the district — the Stanton Leggett Association study, The...
Kingston High's future, near and far

Kingston High’s future, near and far

Students across the Kingston City School District return to class on Monday, Sept. 9. In the high school, freshmen are walking through hallways that haven’t changed all that much since their fellow upperclassmen were in their shoes. But a December vote on a proposal that would restore, refurbish and renovate Kingston High looms large and...