from March 30, 2006)
After the February 28 Onteora Board of Education Meeting and
the latest issue of the Olive Press, I wanted to respond to
Paul Smart's editorial "Watch Out For Plan C" and
Lisa Childers news article "Changing the Change."
To begin, Lisa's comment in the news article "Changing
the Change" concerning the unsaid common belief than Plan
C would close the Phoenicia Elementary School is strictly an
editorial comment and I believe does not belong in a factual
news article. Paul, on the other had, when writing an editorial,
has the right to express his opinion in the editorial column.
With the power of his pen I only wish Paul would positively
express his opinion to bring our district together, not further
divide it. I, as a reader of the Olive Press, have every right
My request for financial information concerning Plan C was just
that, a board member's request for information so I can make
an informed decision. If you are not familiar with Plan C, it
calls for the district to restructure to two elementary schools,
a 5 - 8 middle school and a 9 - 12 high school. The fact of
the matter is that our student enrollment is declining and before
we ask all our stakeholders to pass a bond for any plan, I need
to feel reasonably secure that our student population can support
three elementary schools. The demographers' reports reflect
that in the year 2011 our student population will decrease by
approximately 500 students. I do not want a future board to
be in the position of putting million of dollars into an elementary
school and six years down the road pass a resolution to close
At one of our January board meetings we were asked to give our
blessing to Plan A. I stated, and what Lisa and Paul failed
to quote, was that I felt I did not have enough information
to say Plan A was the best plan for Onteora. By requesting additional
information on Plan C, we are not "Changing the Change"
but are accelerating the process of financial analysis that
would normally take place through this process. We have a group
of Onteora stakeholders asking information about a centralized
campus for all students. Also a good idea. This will make me
ask more questions and gather additional information.
Asking for information about Plan C was not a popular question
to ask but I was not elected to the board to always ask popular
and politically correct questions. I was elected to ask questions
and gather information so I can make the best-informed decision.
This Board of Education is in the fact-finding state of a very
long process and every time we ask a question it is not intended
to change direction but make sure we are headed in the right
direction. What we should all be asking is, what is the best
educational and fiscally sound plan for our children and taxpayers
of the district?
That is thinking like a district!
Onteora School Board Trustee
I’m writing in response to a letter to the editor from
Cindy O’Connor. In her letter she said that asking for
information about plan C was not a popular question to ask but
she was not elected to the board to always ask popular and political
correct questions. I was elected to ask questions and gather
information so I can make the best informed decisions. Those
are her words not mine. I first met Mrs. O’Connor last
year when I introduced myself and asked her what she thought
her responsibilities would be as a member of the Board of Education.
What she told me then is precisely what she did when she asked
about Plan C. She asked for additional information.
School Board members walk a thin line. Asking questions and
for additional information on anything that requires a vote
is the responsibility of each and every School Board member
especially when there are other options to explore. Members
of the Board are not there to say yes to everything that’s
proposed or to satisfy the speakers or the crowd sitting out
in front of them. There are hundreds or maybe thousands of tax
payers in this school district that expect and depend on the
Board to take there responsibilities seriously and keep an equitable
balance of the cost to the tax payers. Keep up the good work
Mrs. O’Connor and keep asking questions and for additional
information. Maybe it will catch on.
Imagine living in an area where each day you live in your house
goes up $100.00! Welcome to Olive.
We bought our house in April 2006 and were assessed in July
2006 for $6,600.00 more than we paid for it. Sixty-six days
after purchase my house has increased in value at a rate of
$100.00 per day. That’s pretty good for a small cottage
priced at the lowest end of Olive’s real estate. Believe
me, when I say all we did was move in.
We brought this to the attention of the assessor at our preliminary
hearing and he smiled. Maybe, he was jealous. At this rate every
year my house will increase $36,500.00 in value and that’s
without doing anything to it. He explained this increase with
a blur of percentages and numbers guaranteed to make your eyes
gaze over. Yet, when asked to explain the effect on my tax bill
according to the numbers and percentages based on projected
tax rates, his results using his handy calculator were vastly
different than my paperwork. His response was, “I don’t
know where they got these numbers.“
He said that 70% of homes had an increase in taxes of $500.00
or more. I neglected to ask what about the other thirty. Did
I bought the house I did because it was all I could afford.
I believe strongly in community and this town came together
to defeat the large parcel tax. Time to come together again.
Tax Grievance Day is May 24th and
according the assessors they will be grouping the impacts into
categories, from tax hikes or losses of less than $100 per year
to those between $100 and $300 a year, between $300 and $500
a year, and over $500. That’s 70 % of us. Put that date
on your calendar and bring snacks, your neighbors, kids and
dogs. I’ll bring coffee.
If only one or two people grieve, it won’t change and
we stand to lose a large percentage of residents who can’t
afford to live here.
A few people are probably glad they can boast that their house
went up so much in value and that they made such a good bargain.
Phooey! I want to live and work here.
Tax me on what I paid this year and then come back in few years!
The following letter was sent to NYS Department of Environmental
Conservation Commissioner Denise Sheehan:
We are extremely pleased to note, along with several recent
newspaper articles, the continued success of the Belleayre Mountain
Ski Center. Contrary to what some private area owners have alleged,
Belleayre’s resurgence is a result of many years of tireless
efforts by its downstate citizen supporters in conjunction with
a dramatic 24/7 commitment by its staff to make the Belleayre
experience the best it can be. Through these cooperative efforts,
Belleayre has become a year round destination resort bolstered
by the resounding success of The Summer Music festival. The
Governor himself has stated “The public private partnership
so successfully implemented with The Belleayre Conservatory,
should serve as a model for all state run facilities.”
The skiing public votes with its feet and it is voting strongly
to support the efforts of Governor Pataki to bring Belleayre
back to its position of excellence in the Northeast. While other
ski areas have selling real estate as a concern, we can concentrate
on why skiers ski; the conditions. Our snowmaking and grooming
are second to none, our children’s programs are thriving,
our racing program gets better and better and the morale on
the mountain is sky high.
The real answer to the grousing by private area owners about
skier visits is not the weather or “Belleayre”.
The solution is to bring the Catskill Ski Industry into the
modern era of regional cooperation. We proposed seven years
ago that the Catskill Ski Region have a pass good for all the
areas so the skier-visitors can have some variety on one ski
pass. We have great ski centers and the ability to ski them
all with one purchase opens up a whole new experience to the
skier. The details yes, are daunting, but they can and should
be worked out. Other regions around the country and the world
use this marketing technique because it brings in customers.
Our regional skier base needs to be expanded and with some innovative
ideas and regional cooperation, it can happen. We are the closest
locality to the largest population of skiers in the world and
we have not fully taken advantage of that proximity.
The Central Catskills has benefited tremendously from the resurgence
of Belleayre. The economy has improved, the real estate base
has expanded, and the infrastructure is being rebuilt. The positive
economic return for New York State and its modest investment
in Belleayre has been exponential. Listen to the community,
the business people, and the visitors. The “Buzz”
is back at Belleayre and the results are very evident to all.
Just look around. It’s not just about price. People like
what they are seeing... The area is on the upswing.
Cursing the weather and tiny Belleayre for all that is wrong
with Greene County skiing belies the problem. Look at your markets,
look at your conditions, and look at your skiers. A $75 lift
ticket isn’t the answer for Catskill skiing. Bring in
more people, bring in the regional concept not just in words
but in benefits to the skiing public and the numbers will improve
everywhere, not just Belleayre.
We are happy that New York State is in the ski business, it’s
doing a fine job for its citizens. We blazed the trail in 1949
and we continue today. It’s time to stop fighting each
other over things we can’t do anything about and start
working together. Let’s get over it and get to work. Nobody
is listening to the blame game.
Joseph F Kelly, Chairman
Coalition to Save Belleayre
"The Belleayre Resort, if built, would expand the local
tax base." That fact, gleaned from a superficial economic
analysis of the proposed development, has never been in dispute.
If you build townhouses or MacMansions on formerly undeveloped
land, the assessments on those properties go up. Simple enough.
But what about the cost of providing municipal and emergency
services to the occupants of 372 of those new dwellings plus
400 new hotel rooms, not to mention the costs of educating the
children of the resort workers who would move into the area?
Ay, there's the rub!
Hundreds of studies conducted in communities throughout the
country show that such development produces a fiscal loss for
local government. On average, these studies show that for every
dollar collected in taxes, between $1.15 and $1.50 goes out
in the form of services by the local government and school district.
The Daily Freeman's Hugh Reynolds called an economic planner
at the American Farmland Trust and asked about that organization's
studies and how much the mega-resort might cost our community.
The planner told Mr. Reynolds the "general figure"
for the kind of "commercial/industrial" category represented
by the Belleayre project was $1.29 for every tax dollar collected.
If both that figure and the developer's projections for increased
tax revenues turn out to be accurate, then the resort would
end up costing the local municipalities, school boards and Ulster
and Delaware counties over $2.6 million in services annually,
nearly $600,000 more than it would bring in.
Kudos to Mr. Reynolds because, with just that one phone call,
he has done more to determine the real cost of the project than
the developer or his consultants. Like a Pollyannaish business
plan that projects revenues but fails to adequately gauge expenses,
the mega-resort's draft environmental impact statement (DEIS)
fails to include any required site-specific cost analysis. That
is the unanimous consensus of all the economic and planning
experts who have evaluated the socio-economic sections of the
DEIS over the last three years.
Planning consultants Tim Miller and Cough Harbour & Associates
flagged the omission. So did demand analyst Jannette M. Barth,
Ph.D., who noted "tourists visiting a self-contained resort
buy all food and entertainment on site, but the adverse effects
are felt by the community outside of the resort."
Economic consultants RKG Associates called the omission a "major
flaw" and warned that "little information is provided
for either Middletown or Shandaken, both of which would bear
the majority of this project's impacts...It is important for
the Towns to understand this shortcoming in the DEIS, and how
it could effect them directly."
Even Shandaken's own consultants, Ferrandino & Associates,
told the municipality's Town and Planning Boards directly that
"significant pieces are missing from the socio-economic
analysis, including...a cost/benefit analysis comparing costs
and anticipated revenues generated by the proposed development."
After all that, Town Supervisor Bob Cross and Councilman Joe
Munster, with no apparent economic or planning expertise of
their own, went before the Ulster County Legislature a couple
of weeks ago and blithely praised the project on how it would
expand the town's tax base.
A lot of folks in Shandaken are worried that Town Board members
with ties to developer Dean Gitter or his project through marriage
or land deals may be unfairly biased in favor of the project
and influencing other Board members to curtail a proper consideration
of its impacts. With statements to the Legislature that reveal
a blind acceptance of the developer's economic claims despite
all the warnings of experts, it's no wonder those folks are
thinking that way!
Recently the Ways and Means Committee of Ulster County Government
which consists of members Alan Lomita, Susan Cummings, Glenn
Noonan, Richard Gerentine, Tracy Bartels, Michael Berardi, Donald
Gregorius, Jeanette Provenzano and Susan Zimet recently turned
down an idea by Alan Lomita to eliminate the benefits that the
legislators receive thus saving the County approximately $52,000.00
a year. In short, the Ways and Means Committee is responsible
for all budgetary and financial matters pertaining to the County
and is responsible for making specific financial recommendations
pertaining to Ulster County contract agencies.
I have been bringing up the idea of eliminating the benefits
for these individuals for quite some time now. Most of them
have benefits from other employers and don't need the County's
Do you think they give up the buy out in that case? I would
I have been bringing up the issue of just doing away with the
Legislative form of government and just have an elected County
Executive for about the same amount of time. It continuously
falls on deaf ears. Not from the constituents that I speak to,
but the ears of the legislators themselves. They are not interested
in anyone but themselves and their own political agendas and
this just puts the icing on the cake in my opinion with proving
This is especially true when it comes from persons such as Richard
Gerentine, Susan Cummings, and Glenn Noonan. You have just proved
me right Mr. Noonan. Did you forget about that email exchange
we had only two months ago? I haven't. And as for Mr. Gregorius?
I thought you might be a different person than what we have
become so accustomed to seeing in the County Government. I thought
wrong. I will not make that same mistake again.
Mr. Donaldson issued a letter to all County employees just recently
along with an attachment entitled “Ulster County Expenditure
Reductions: Employee Suggestions”. In the letter he states
and I quote; “Sadly, numerous decisions made in the past
have placed the County in its current situation. I want to make
one thing clear. I do not blame the employees of Ulster County
for the financial issues the County faces.” You are kidding
right? And this decision not to cut benefits to individuals
who for the majority can receive them from other sources is
a good decision? Again, a quote from the letter; “I am
sure you have either read or heard about the possibility of
layoffs. Unfortunately, they remain a real possibility. It is
my sincerest hope that the much needed expenditure cuts can
be realized through a combination of attrition and other cost
cutting measures thereby avoiding layoffs.”
Here is a way to save in excess of $52,000.00 dollars a year.
The legislators receive benefit packages equivalent to or better
than managers who have served this County in excess of 20 years
after only four years of service. They receive 100 percent medical
benefits for themselves and their families for life after only
four years. They are elected. They make promises (most of which
are not fulfilled) and they shake hands and offer crocodile
tears and smiles in order to gain votes. They do not have to
take a test or pass other entrance examinations in order to
become employed by the County. Do they deserve these benefits?
And you want to lay off some of the workforce that keeps this
County running smoothly despite the poor management decisions
and poor financial decisions from the 6th floor? This is one
issue that the voters of this County need not forget. If you
forget anything else, do not forget this. Here they are (the
legislators) crying poverty and looking for everyone to do their
part and they collectively recluse themselves from this endeavor.
We as a County are basically going broke. Our taxes keep going
up along with every other cost of living and our County government
basically doesn’t have a clue how to fix it nor can they
agree on how to fix it. And you're surprised because why?
Now that the Shandaken’s Largest Billboard has been removed
from the property that also hosts the World’s Largest
Gold-Headed Black Phallus, let no one be confused about the
billboard’s message from the developer: not his advertising
copy spelled out in jarring red and white, but his devious attempt
to get around any laws which may interfere with his profits
We need to keep this in mind in relation to his efforts to bribe
us with promises of prosperity and contributions to so-called
Is any of us still blind to this?
There are always some letters expressing opinion with which
I do not agree, but the last one demands a response. I feel
for the individual whose sensibilities have been offended by
the white fence on Dean Gitter's property.
I wonder if the same person is offended by some ugly property
lining what should be the "scenic corridor" of Route
At the time Dean Gitter applied for the permits for the project
in Mt. Tremper, the Planning Board, of which I was a member,
put some conditions on the permit, including: lights, berms,
signs, etc. All of those conditions were met by the applicant.
The same does not apply to the project that stores the huge
gas tank next to the Phoenicia Plaza. In that instance, the
Planning Board put conditions on the permit as well, the tank
must be stored away from private property; set back from Route
28; fenced in; etc. Most importantly, the massive tank should
be screened year round with evergreens, so that it would not
be seen from any portions of Route 28.
But that never happened. Once, through the effort of Gloria
Braman, then Secretary of the Planning Board, a few small pine
trees were planted. When they died they were not replaced.
Anyone who is interested in the preservation of the beauty of
this area, and has memorized the Shandaken Zoning Law, knows
that, if the applicant fails to meet the conditions place on
the permit by the Planning Board - in this case by not planting,
maintaining or replacing dead or diseased landscaping - the
permit is no longer valid, and the business is operating illegally.
Once, I went to the Planning Board to encourage them to make
the applicant of that project plant evergreens as required,
but the then Zoning Officer said that, "it had put that
matter to rest." In the meantime the site has become an
eyesore. Not only is there no permanent screening but the huge
gas tank has turned out to be very fertile and has reproduced
enormously. Now we have a countless number of smaller tanks
strewn all over the property. This site does not offend anyone?
Another property that is an eyesore is the small log cabin just
below Anthony Eisenbell's property. As far as I know, it never
received a variance for commercial use. First of all the cabin
was never finished. I do not know how a Certificate of Occupancy
could have been issued, since the railing on the balcony was
never installed. Second, the property was used for a while to
repair cars. Now, part of the mountain has been dug out and
again all sorts of vehicles are stored there. Is this property
In addition, as someone else justly noted, there has been a
huge truck with advertisements parked in front of a very nice
large house, again on Route 28. Perhaps the owner could be persuaded
to park his truck in the back of his property and out of sight.
Flavia De Mola
Big Indian, NY
This letter is addressed to Peter Vinci, and supervisors Robert
Cross, Shandaken, and Jeremy Wilber, Woodstock. Peter Vinci,
you are a very jealous person as your letter in the Phoenicia
Times clearly shows, as well as a very bad business man.
Every project Dean Gitter has undertaken has been first class,
including Emerson Place and the beautiful fence, his new restaurant
in Woodstock and his hope of the project in your area. Everything
first class. Good jobs, good pay and benefits and he pays high
taxes all assets to your community and Ulster County, Mr. Vinci.
Have you done any of this?
Is it any of your business if Mr. Gitter sells? I don’t
think it should be your business or any one else’s, you
jealous person. In your business you show you’re not very
good as a business man. You employ 65 people with a staff of
265 people to maintain your 65 employees. Mr. Vinci, something
is wrong here. Could be no one wants to work for you? You should
sell that business. Mr. Gitter’s project in your town
would supply you with a very nice tax base as well as jobs to
people in your area. Mr. Cross, your town can use this project.
Mr. Cross your town can also stop trying to include Olive into
your tax base. Olive has completed their tax assessment, the
most current assessment in Ulster County. Mr. Cross, your town
hasn’t done this in many years. You should have this done
so you can pay your fair share and stop trying to cut into Olive
that has had the reservoir for 100 years. Don’t you Mr.
Vinci believe you should have a re-assessment done within the
next 25 years? Mr. Cross and Mr. Wilber, you both believe this:
what is mine is mine. What is yours should also be mine (ref.
A recent article on a voting machine demonstration had this
quote by Commissioner Turco: "Ulster County Republican
Elections Commissioner Thomas Turco said that while some of
those who flocked to Tuesday's demonstration "had an agenda,"
most people were interested in the process."
Doesn't "had an agenda" mean have an opinion? The
Commissioner seems to be saying that voters are not supposed
to have researched this topic. Perhaps he expects that voters
coming to these staged demonstrations to be completely ignorant.
We, the voters, can hardly be faulted for taking our democracy
so seriously to have read about these machines in great depth.
Voters should not be treated like school children or second-class
citizens for having done their homework.
Also, this statement from the article: "Although the direct
recording machines, known as DREs, have raised the most concern
among voting rights activists, the technology appears most similar
to the existing lever machines." is misleading. It masks
the profound differences between mechanical levers and computer
screens that look like levers. Remember, looks can be deceiving!
Ulster/Greene regional coordinator, MidHudson Verified Voting
Between 1997-98 and the 2003-2004 school years the overall enrollments
of the nine public school districts in Ulster County increased
by only three students, according to the New York State Education
Department. The enrollments increased from 28,375 to 28,378.
Within these numbers there were districts that experienced increases
and decreases. During this time frame Kingston declined from
8,149 to 7,909, while Saugerties went from 3,472 to 3,336, Onteora
from 2,416 to 2,172, Rondout from 2,906 to 2,797, and Ellenville,
went from 1,977 to 1,804. On the southern end of the County,
Wallkill increased from 3,384 to 3, 637, New Paltz from 2,296
to 2,376, Highland from 1,847 to 1,891 and Marlboro went from
2,084 to 2,136. The enrollment decline in Northern Ulster was
similar to decreases in students throughout the rural districts
of New York State, where in seven years there was a drop from
201,373 to 171,838. It appears that families with children are
going to live where the jobs are and exiting areas where there
is little future prospects. New York State has to find a better
way to attract businesses besides taxes and more governmental
As of January 2006 Onteora’s student population was 2,023.
It’s clear that the student population in the Onteora’s
School District continues to decline and will in the near future.
This decline in students should affect Onteora’s approach
on any future improvements and the how many buildings the school
Is Peace Really Political?
I realize that some folks don’t agree that the Bush administration
is radical, destructive, inept, corrupt, beholden to corporations
and driven by stubbornness, arrogance, ignorance, the fear of
Armageddon and greed.
That’s fine, this is America we can disagree, but I find
it hard to believe that we all can’t agree on Peace.
Even the most stubborn politicians would be forced to listen
to our American voices if we actually used them. The senseless
killing in Iraq would be over tomorrow if every one of us demanded
an end to the bloodshed now. If we wrote letters, made telephone
calls or shot off a couple of emails to our elected officials
at every level and simply said ENOUGH!
Enough men killing men. Enough bombs. Enough profit for the
oil companies. Enough Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Enough
soldiers committing suicide. Enough lifelong injuries. Enough
torture. Enough DEBT (both lives and dollars!)
After so much history, does anyone really still believe we have
the right to slaughter our fellowhumans?
War is an evil that only Peace can vanquish. Stop Killing. Please.
David J. Turan, USAF Veteran
I buried three little squirrels today. The fourth is struggling
for life in a makeshift nest of fleece and torn tissue. He is
suckling formula from a syringe every two hours around the clock,
day and night, and he is losing ground. He weighs 16 grams.
That is less than two thirds of an ounce. His eyes have not
yet opened. Nor have his ears. He is pink all over. He is nine
days old and I am trying my best to save him. I want him to
have the sweet squirrel life he was born to have.
The babies fell when their tree was cut down. Had they been
left where they fell, kept warm and safe from predators, their
mother may have carried them back to a different nest. Squirrels
build several nests in different trees. They do this for protection
against storms and wind and predators.
Please, if you must cut trees in the spring when squirrels and
birds are nesting, check first for babies. Try to do no harm.
If you must cut the tree or limb, remember that a squirrel mother
will move her young to another nest if given the chance. The
litter must be kept warm. That is the most crucial thing. And
never ever give anything by mouth. It is painfully easy to get
fluid in their lungs and they will then die quickly of pneumonia.
The little one needs care now. I fear he is dying and tomorrow
will lie with his brothers and sisters under a small stone in
the yard behind my house.
I just finished my daily walk with the family dog. This walk
includes three streets in our neighborhood. Along the way I
counted two (flying) tattered American flags, numerous beer
and soda cans and bottles, telephone books by mailboxes, Styrofoam
coffee cups, cigarette packs, political signs, metal business
and realtor signs, plastic water bottles, and a rug!
It concerns me that mankind has become so lazy and irresponsible
with what we hold dear to our hearts, the natural beauty of
the Catskills. For the past three years I have picked up this
trash and placed it in our garbage and returned the recyclables.
Have our lives become so busy that we can't bend over and pick
up telephone books by our own mailboxes? Are we drinking alcoholic
beverages, while driving, and just winging the evidence out
our car windows? We are passionate and verbal about other topics
but fail to see natural beauty withering away because of pure
All this debris can, and should, be picked up by the community.
Is it fair that we should have to pick up after others? No,
it isn't! However, if we continue with this attitude our town
will soon have an urban feel and appearance, not the rural and
country feeling that have existed for many years.
As a community, let us make a -small sacrifice and clean up
our properties. If we pick up some roadside trash we may be
surprised how rewarding it will be when we witness the results.
I truly appreciate the organizations that have "adopted"
highways and keep these highways beautiful. Those organizations
whose signs adorn the roadside, but do nothing to maintain the
highway, should really take them down.
They don't deserve the recognition!
Another reason I don't watch much television...
The episode of CBS's show "Two and a Half Men", airing
on 2/6/06 ended with Charlie Sheen saying "Love isn't blind,
it's retarded. /I I was disappointed, like I'm sure many people
were, to hear the word "retarded" used. It's important
to remember retardation is a medical condition that can't be
helped. It can occur before birth, or it can occur to anyone
as the result of an accident or head trauma. Unfortunately,
the word retardation has been used as a way to insult and make
fun of people, or insinuate stupidity in certain situations.
PLEASE enlighten yourself, if needed, AND others to STOP using
the word "retarded" as a putdown. We all need to be
sensitive to those who live with permanent medical conditions,
retardation being one of them. PASS THE WORD!
Sharon J. Mcinerney
There is currently a limit or "cap" only allowing
for 100 Charter Schools in New York State and New York City
combined. Governor Pataki has recently brought this issue to
light, much to the joy of those in New York that share care
and concern for quality education in our home state. Although
this seems promising, it is but a step in the process of reaching
what is a needed end: Raising the cap to allow more Charter
Schools. This can only be achieved through the public speaking
out, and speaking directly to their district representatives.
There is a need right here in our region of the Hudson Valley
for one of those Charter Schools. A smaller public school (yes,
Charter Schools are public) to compliment, not compete with
our existing schools. A school that seeks not to oppose, but
enhance the nature of the education that we provide our youth
of today. The Shawangunk region offers an abundance of resources
to make the establishment of a school with a humanistic and
environmental mission more than possible, it begs for it; and
so do many of its residents.
I have spent the last eight years of my life involved in environmental
work and education with youth across our country. I have seen,
as well as been a part of, the difference that alternative forms
of education can make. These differences are ones that we cannot
afford to ignore. Education should always evolve; remain healthy
and relevant by being progressive. There is currently a group
of people that will hopefully one day soon be called the Hudson
Valley Charter School founding members working hard to make
this reality. They need your support now to make a very good
thing for our communities happen. If you are interested in knowing
more, please contact: Garcharterschool@aol.com.
High Falls, NY