Lead East Ramapo Monitor Dennis Walcott’s voice spoke mostly in monotone throughout an extended video-recorded interview with the Journal News Editorial Board yesterday. But midway through the interview Walcott began clapping his hands in emphasis. “I’m here for one reason and one reason only, to make sure that the children of the district are getting a quality education,” he said. “I’m working with the individuals. I’m not running for Oval Office, I’m not trying to curry favor anywhere; it’s just on behalf of the students.”
Since the 1980s, military veterans have received property tax exemptions. In December 2013, New York State passed legislation to extend such tax exemptions to school taxes: The Alternative Veterans’ Tax Exemption. The AVTE authorizes school districts to grant veterans a partial exemption from school taxes.
By Lisa Mininger Retallack
Everyone in the Nyack community has a voice in our school district’s ongoing pursuit of educational excellence. The Nyack Public Schools Community Priorities Survey has launched, and candid feedback from all community members is requested and encouraged. Under the leadership of Dr. James Montesano, Superintendent of Nyack Public Schools, administrators and a collaborative leadership team are looking for feedback regarding what knowledge, skills and character a graduate of Nyack High School must possess in order to be successful in a changing and increasingly complex world.
Stories You May Have Missed By Students You Might Just Know
Nyack Sept 2 — Every summer Nyack News and Views recuits a new crop of summer interns to write news and feature stories about our community. This year’s subjects included: a retired Soap Star’s second career in Nyack, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the old Riverspace Arts theatre, an abandoned Cold War era Nike Missile site and a local restaurant on national TV.
Here’s a summary of their work over the last few months in case you missed it:
by Max Cea
Mothers grab your Kleenex. Fathers, start designing that exercise room that you always wanted. Younger siblings prepare to rejoice. It will not be long before last year’s high school seniors are this year’s college freshmen. So, for those of you preparing to leave, take a break from packing your bags and read the only advice column you’ll need at least with regards to your next four years. l promise to spare you the unhelpful cliches of the ‘study hard, play hard’ nature. The following is a list of five important lessons I learned both from personal trials and tribulations and those of my peers that will drastically improve your first year and set you up for an outstanding college experience.
by Foster Bass
Here’s your chance to walk a Red Carpet as part of a dazzling night of Oscar entertainment while giving a boost to the local arts community. Nyack’s Harbor Hill takes its cue from Hollywood on Sun Feb 22 from 6p-11p. The evening of entertainment is a co-production of Friends of the Nyacks and ArtsAngels.
Over the past three years more students are taking Advanced Placement courses at Nyack High School and more students are earning a score of three or higher on the five point scale used to grade these exams. That achievement has won the praise of parents and educators as well as The College Board, which selected Nyack HS for its annual AP Honor Roll.
Only 547 schools in the US and Canada made the cut. The rankings are based on AP data from 2012 to 2014 across 34 AP tests including world language and culture.
Nyack Oct 13 — Summer’s gone, September’s a memory and in a few days it will be Halloween. While you were traveling abroad, lounging on the beach, hob-nobing in the Hamptons or sleeping in during your staycation, you might have missed some good stuff that happened in town. Not to worry: NyackNewsAndViews’ summer interns have got you covered.
Last Spring we put out the call for student interns. From May-August they’ve been hard at work writing features and creating video content about our community. Here’s a review of their work over the last few months in case you’ve missed it.
Rockland County voters will go to the polls on Tues Nov 5 from 6a-9p to choose their first new County Executive in 20 years. Here are closing arguments from the Democratic and Republican candidates, David Fried and Ed Day.