In Our Schools

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 »

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

Dr. Christopher Clouet was in the running to be next commissioner of the State Dept. of Education in Connecticut.

|  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

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|  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 »

An Extraordinary Explosion of Music and Wit: The Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble

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|  by Morey Storck  | On May 9, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow will have the opportunity to hear and appreciate one of the nation’s foremost wind and percussion ensembles. This unique organization is called The Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble (HVSWE). James D. Wayne is its Music Director and Conductor; Sprague is the Music Department Chairperson and Band Director at ... 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 »