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After long and distinguished service to the school district, Glen Maisch has retired

After long and distinguished service to the school district, Glen Maisch has retired

Glen Maisch, the Kingston school district’s director of physical education, health and athletics, has wound up his 37-year teaching career. He is looking forward to the next phase of his life. “I’m giving up the best job I’ve ever had to do what I’ve always wanted, to have a part in my grandchildren’s lives,” he...
School budget wins easy; Jordan on, Coston off the board

School budget wins easy; Jordan on, Coston off the board

The Kingston City School District saw its $161.6 million budget proposal meet with overwhelming success at the polls on Tuesday, with nearly two-thirds of voters giving the spending plan their approval. In unofficial results, the budget proposal passed 1,548-860. A proposition to sell a 0.28-acre easement near Dietz Stadium to the Thomas Allen Corp. was...
$1 million for Cioni building?

$1 million for Cioni building?

Kingston City School District Superintendent Paul Padalino has often mentioned the popularity of Uptown’s Cioni Administration Building among prospective buyers. But even though the building isn’t currently on the market, the district recently received a $1 million offer from a boutique hotel developer. The offer came from Grupo Habita, a Mexican-based firm that designs and...
Frustration expressed over search for new KHS football coach

Frustration expressed over search for new KHS football coach

A school board meeting specifically geared toward the new budget turned into a discussion about Kingston High School football, with the majority of speakers during an increasingly tense comment period pushing school officials to hire a new varsity coach. The Tigers’ varsity football program has officially been without a head coach since early last December,...
Fewer opted out of state English standardized tests this year

Fewer opted out of state English standardized tests this year

This week, the Kingston City School District, like public school districts across New York, administered state assessment tests in math for students in grades 3-8. It’s the second straight week of the controversial standardized tests, which, like last year’s, saw a significant number of students opted out of them by their parents. The numbers are...
Kingston Clean Lunch Co. offers healthy options for schoolkids

Kingston Clean Lunch Co. offers healthy options for schoolkids

After giving birth to her daughter four years ago, Kingston resident Ann Marie Woolsey-Johnson was between jobs and searching for something to do. As a lifelong healthy eater — “I was raised by health enthusiasts who did not allow me to eat hot dogs until I was an adolescent” — she became disenchanted with the...
School closing early today

School closing early today

In anticipation of a mid-afternoon snow event which may cause dicey travel conditions, the Kingston City School District announced an early closing for Tuesday, Feb. 23. Kingston High School, J. Watson Bailey Middle School, and Miller Middle School students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. All elementary schools will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. All after school...
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...