If you or someone you know works in public education, then you know our schools are not truly closed. Our buildings and grounds are closed, but our schools are still operating to provide distance learning, student meals, child care for essential workers and other support on a daily basis.
To say this spring has been challenging for K-12 schools would be a major understatement. When the Hudson City School District (HCSD) announced the shift to distance learning in mid-March, we had less than 48 hours to put plans in motion. We knew the challenges we would face in ensuring every student has access to meals and the resources they need to engage in meaningful learning at home.
More than 1,000 laptop devices were provided for K-12 students to use at home. To ensure equitable access, the district also developed plans to help student households without internet to get free or affordable Wi-Fi access through local carriers or mobile hotspots. Our Information Technology department continues to configure and distribute Chromebooks to students weekly, as needed, and assist with hundreds of Help Desk emails. Read more…
CHATHAM–The Chatham Central School District Board of Education has three seats open for election in 2020. Candidates must be able to read and write, be a current resident of the district for at least one year, and be a qualified voter of the district–a citizen of the U.S.; at least 18 years of age.
Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order that rescheduled this year’s school elections to June 9. Based on new guidelines from the Governor’s Office, anyone interested in running for the board may self-nominate. The governor’s executive order waived the provision that required candidates to collect signatures on a candidate nominating petition. Candidates now must email or mail a letter of interest to the District Clerk. This letter must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2020. The letter must state the candidate’s interest to run for the board and include the candidate’s name and address.
District buildings are currently closed to visitors and operating at reduced staffing levels. To contact District Clerk Deborah Pottenburgh email , phone at 518-392-1501, or mail to District Clerk, Chatham Central School District, 50 Woodbridge Ave, Chatham, NY 12037.
ANCRAMDALE – For the seventh year, as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation serving the Town of Ancram, including Ancramdale and Boston Corners, the Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association (ANHNA) again offers higher education grants to help full-time students who will enter an accredited college, community college, or vocational school this fall.
The grants are intended to help students pay for food, clothing, books or transportation during the first year of continuing education, and will be based on financial need. In the past ANHNA awarded grants of $1,000 to $1,500 to qualified students. Preference will go to first-year students, but all continuing college, vocational and graduate students may apply.
Be assured, as schedules change due to the pandemic, the association will work with eligible students to complete their application. Read more…
GREENPORT – The Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation has launched the CoGreene Cares Campaign, designed to help students impacted by Covid-19 stay on track to earn a degree or certificate.
Joan Koweek, executive director of the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation, explained that a special initiative made possible by an anonymous donor to the State University of New York is offering a $50,000 matching grant to all SUNY campuses between now and Wednesday, July 1.
“This fund has the potential to keep students on track to complete their academic paths and become assets to our communities,” Ms. Koweek said in a press release, adding that anyone may make a contribution to the campaign in any amount, and that gift will be matched on a one-to-one basis once the $50,000 threshold is met. “We have so many students who have lost jobs and are struggling with paying rent, tuition, car insurance, and food, just to name a few obstacles.” Read more…