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Hackley Plans New Health & Wellness Complex Structure

| by Robert Kimmel |  As part of Hackley’s ongoing agenda to enhance its facilities, the school is planning construction of a large Health and Wellness Complex on its property in unincorporated Greenburgh. The facility would be adjacent to the Tarrytown campus and close to the school’s Rob Pickert athletic field.  Included within the 116,725-square-foot structure would be two gymnasiums, ... Read More »

New Assistant Principal at Irvington High Appointed

| by Rick Pezzullo | Steven Corbett was founding principal of the EastHarlem Scholars Academy II. Corbett was appointed last month by the Board of Education as the new assistant principal at Irvington High School. Prior to joining Irvington on July 8, Corbett served as the founding principal of the East Harlem Scholars Academy II since 2013. During his two years ... Read More »

Irvington Schools Hire Firm to Ensure Computer System is Secure

| by Rick Pezzullo| The Irvington Board of Education hired a security firm last month to conduct an audit of the district’s computer system after an internal breach of security within its computer network allegedly by two Middle School students was discovered in June. Edutech, which has also done work in Ardsley, Harrison, and the City of Rye, was given a ... Read More »

Bretti Appointed Interim Principal at Washington Irving School

Susan Bretti was appointed by the Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns as interim elementary principal of Washington Irving School, effective August 1. Bretti has worked in the education field for 20 years. For the last 10 years she served as a full-time Elementary Consulting Teacher in the Bedford School District. In that role she was ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Special Olympians Win Gold

Friday, July 31, 2015 — Team USA New York (Sleepy Hollow/Brewster combined team) just WON the gold medal in Unified Men’s Basketball at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles!!!! The USA New York team went undefeated in their division and beat Peru, Kenya, Pakistan and Luxembourg to win the GOLD MEDAL!  They will receive their gold medals tomorrow morning, ... Read More »

Clouet Proud of Accomplishments at SH; Interim Super Selected

|  by Janie Rosman  | When the school bell sounds in September, Dr. Daniel T. McCann will be two months into his one-year term as Tarrytown Union Free School District’s interim superintendent. An educational consultant with a career in public education that spans 42 years, McCann was superintendent for the Hendrick Hudson School District in Montrose (from 2006 to 2012) ... Read More »

Athletes Honored at Sleepy Hollow Sports Award Dinner

|  by Kevin Brown  | Sleepy Hollow High School continues to amaze with its broad offerings of theater, music and sports.  Theater and music end the school year with remarkable performances. Sports ends the year with the annual Varsity Sports Awards Dinner. “We have over 400 people here tonight. This dinner started 23 years ago with Jello and cookies when ... Read More »

Class of 2015 Popular SH High Twins Grateful for Education and Experiences

SHHS Seniors, Heather & Jordan Brown

|  by Katy Kachnowski  |   It’s been a busy year full of accomplishments for Sleepy Hollow High School twins Heather and Jordan Brown. The graduating seniors at Sleepy Hollow have been accepted to prestigious colleges, won athletic and academic awards, and were also both voted onto the high school’s Homecoming Court, with Heather being crowned queen. Since beginning their ... Read More »

Second Annual Horseman Color Run is on!

|  by Dorothy Conigliaro  |   The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns will hold its 2nd Annual Horseman Color Run 2015 on Saturday, June 20. The Foundation seeks to augment the school’s budget by raising funds for special projects to benefit the schools and students. Not only the Foundation, but so many others, work together to ensure ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increase spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

Fewer Students Opt Out of State Exams in Local Districts

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | Less students in the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts opted out of taking the state Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams in April than the majority of districts in Westchester and statewide. Reportedly, more than 180,000 students in New York State boycotted the ELA exam this year, representing just below17% of the ... Read More »

Clouet Staying Put as Tarrytown Schools Super

|  by Janie Rosman  | Tarrytown Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Christopher Clouet was one of the finalists for the commissioner of the State Department of Education position in Connecticut. However, last month Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy selected former public schools teacher Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell to the post. Wentzell has more than 25 years’ experience as an ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School Spreads the Word to End the Word

|  by Zoe Kaplan  |   On April 21, students at Sleepy Hollow High School celebrated “Spread the Word to End the Word” –  a campaign that focuses on removing the R-word (retarded) from everyday vocabulary. While the R-word used to be medically sound, in recent years it has developed a negative connotation. In order to promote this campaign, students ... Read More »

Tarrytown School Budget Well Under State Tax Cap

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year in the Tarrytown School District falls well below the allowable state tax cap. The $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by 1.92% ($1.36 million) from this year, carries a districtwide average tax hike of .88%. The state tax cap for the district ... Read More »

Three Uncontested for Seats on Tarrytown Board of Ed

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | Two longtime trustees and the treasurer of the district’s Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are running unopposed for three available seats in the May 19 Tarrytown Board of Education race. Board President Mimi Godwin, who has served on the board since 1996, is looking forward to continuing serving the community where she ... Read More »

Taxes to Rise 3.5% in Irvington School Budget

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | School taxes are slated to increase 3.5% in the $57.66 million 2015-16 Irvington School District budget. For the average homeowner in the district, the increase would translate to $585. School taxes make up about 60% of a property owner’s tax bill. Spending in the budget is up $1.37 million (2.4%) from this year and it ... Read More »

Uncertain State Aid Leaves Irvington School Budget In Flux

|  by Janie Rosman  |   Uncertainty about state aid has left the Irvington School District with a lot of unanswered questions, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristopher Harrison. The absence of state aid and unknown savings associated with the refinancing of a bond means there are going to be a few more adjustments than usual. The 2015-2016 push-ahead ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Educators Make Requests in New District Budget

|  by Janie Rosman  |   Educators from the Tarrytown Union Free School District’s elementary, secondary, middle school and high schools discussed needs for next year at last month’s budget workshop. Assistant Superintendent for Business John Staiger said the proposed budget is  $72,986,834, a 1.82 percent change from last year. The new budget will not affect raises, and nothing will ... Read More »

Irvington Lady Bulldogs Wrap-up Superb Season in State Final Four

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | One of the battle cries of the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team is “play hard and good things will happen.” Another is “hold the rope,” which reinforces the need for every player to contribute for the team to be successful. This year’s Lady Bulldogs’ squad wholeheartedly bought in to both philosophies and added to ... Read More »

Anything Goes Aboard The SHHS Ocean Liner

|  by Morey Storck  | Anything Goes, is a classic 1930’s Broadway musical comedy; the audience came to the theater to be entertained and to escape, at least for one evening. It was The Depression, after all.  Theatre-goers expected campy jokes, convoluted romance, singable songs and happy endings. Segue to 2015: Julie Colangelo-Dore, who is directing this month’s Sleepy Hollow ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High Students Compete in Science Fair

|  by Katy Kachnowski  |   On March 7, high school students from all across Westchester gathered in the Sleepy Hollow High School gymnasiums to compete in the annual Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF).  This year’s event hosted 423 projects from a total of 35 schools. Science research is a three-year elective in the high school. Students pick an ... Read More »

State Tax Cap Freeze Prompts School Districts’ Fiscal Belt Tightening

| by Robert Kimmel |   Along with maintaining quality educational standards, preserving a small amount of tax relief for homeowners is one of the primary motivators of local school district authorities preparing their budgets for the coming year. As part of the temporary tax freeze for school districts set by state lawmakers, most homeowners in Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, and ... Read More »