Sullivan public library alliance to host inaugural Sullivan County Youth Book Festival in Monticello this spring

The inaugural Sullivan County Youth Book Festival will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. We will welcome over 20 authors and illustrators of books for infants  through young adults. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the many talented book creators, listen to readings in Vera’s Story Garden and purchase …

Letter from Sullivan County Department of Public Health re: measles

A message from Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw, LCSW, MBA, MPH, dated April 17, 2019: Dear School Officials and Parents: As you know, areas of New York State are currently experiencing a measles outbreak, including the lower Hudson Valley and parts of New York City. Measles spreads easily and can be dangerous to …

Student volunteers save local taxpayers more than $63K in tax prep fees

Students in Monticello High School Academy of Finance’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program have wrapped up another successful tax season. This year, student volunteers have prepared 246 tax returns for community members, saving these taxpayers more than $63K in tax preparation fees. The VITA program, now in its 11th year at Monticello, enables students …

Classroom 2020: Phase II bond referendum will be held during school budget vote

Voters in the Monticello Central School District will consider an $85.5 million “Classroom 2020: Phase II” bond referendum during the district’s annual school budget vote, which will be held on May 21. In a separate proposition, residents will also consider the creation of a $10 million capital reserve fund, similar to a savings fund, that …

“Screenagers” screening to be held during “Screen Free Week”

In celebration of Screen Free Week, which runs from April 29 to May 5, a group of local community agencies have planned a screening of the film, “Screenagers” at locations in Orange and Sullivan counties. The public is invited to attend these free events.  Sullivan County Screening May 1, 2019 SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake Campus, …

Monticello alumnus named “Friend to Education”

The Sullivan County School Boards Association (SCSBA) recently named Dr. Joseph D’Abbraccio as a recipient of the organization’s 2019 “Friend to Education” award. The annual award honors an individual who has made an impact on the education of children in Sullivan County. “Dr. Joe” graduated from Monticello High School, where he was an Academy of …

Gary Silverman honored with “Outstanding Educator Award”

The Sullivan County School Boards Association (SCSBA) named Gary Silverman, a long-time science teacher at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School (RJK), as a recipient of the organization’s  “Outstanding Educator Award.” The annual award honors educators who have made a significant impact on the education of children in Sullivan County. Mr. Silverman is known to …

Jennifer Somers honored with “Teaching Excellence Award”

The Mid-Hudson School Study Council (MHSSC) announced George L. Cooke Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Somers as one of the recipients of the organization’s “Teaching Excellence Award,” which recognizes outstanding educators. In her letter nominating Ms. Somers for this distinction, Monticello Central School District’s Supervisor of Special Education wrote of Ms. Somers’ nurturing demeanor and …