TH faculty, staff hear details of anti-bullying effort

CRARYVILLE–With just a week left before classes begin, Wednesday, September 1 was “Superintendent’s Day” at the Taconic Hills campus, and the district used the occasion to roll out an anti-bulling program that has been in the planning stages over the summer.

The process included a speaker, Dr. “Bird” Birchak, who discussed the challenges of human relations in the educational process. Later, faculty and staff broke up into small groups to conduct workshops on the subject. The swiftness with which the school mounted the new program, which will be in use throughout the school, is one indication of how seriously administrators view the subject.

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Kinderhook Library asks voters for a helping hand

KINDERHOOK–The Board of Trustees of the Kinderhook Memorial Library hopes to place a referendum of the November ballot in the Towns of Kinderhook and Stuyvesant to increase the library’s budget.

In order to get on the ballot in the general election, the library has to collect signatures from registered voters in each town equal to at least 10% of the people who voted in the last election for governor. A library board member said this week that the library was nearing that goal.

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Hudson Opera House looks up

Arts center, a local economic force, eyes second floor rehab

HUDSON–What Hudson cultural organization attracted 48,000 participants to its many programs last year? The answer is the Hudson Opera House, and its attendance numbers are growing, even in an economic downturn.

They include the 15,000 who showed up on a stormy night for December’s Winter Walk, which has become an eagerly anticipated annual event, the supporters who come to the spring and fall fundraisers, and throngs more who attend one or more of the many and varied performances and educational programs, most of which are free or subsidized, that take place weekly both in and out of the building. Read more…

Hudson district rehires 12 with new federal funds

HUDSON–The happiest moment the Hudson School Board has seen in recent months occurred at the close of Monday night’s special meeting, when new board member Justin Cuckerstein resigned effective immediately, having only been appointed earlier this month. The board accepted his resignation with regret.

Mr. Cuckerstein left the board because he got his job back teaching high school social studies. He was one of a dozen people–10 teachers and 2 support staff–rehired after a major layoff this spring thanks to a $580,000 injection of federal emergency aid to education funds given to the district for the specific purpose of creating jobs.

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Ancram voters OK borrowing for highway garage

ANCRAM— By more than a two-to-one margin town residents have shown their support for borrowing money, if necessary, to renovate and add on to the existing town Highway Department garage.

Two hundred thirty-seven residents cast Yes votes for a proposal to borrow up to $400,000, if necessary, to complete the project, while 109 voted against the plan in a special election held at the Town Hall, Saturday, August 21.

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