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With an investigation completed, agreements signed with the main employees involved, internal audits forthcoming and tax counsel continuing to work toward abatement of penalties, the Scarsdale School District believes it is moving in a positive direction when it comes to identifying, resolvi…

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Tucked neatly into the June 21 consent agenda by an administration and board of education that had claimed to be working to be more transparent under the heading “Stipulation of Agreement” were separate agreements made with assistant superintendent for business Stuart Mattey and district tre…

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As part of a curriculum update that interim superintendent Dr. Drew Patrick called “exciting and interesting,” the big reveal for Scarsdale’s new elementary school math program that will roll out beginning next school year was… Reveal Math.

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As promised, Scarsdale Board of Education president Karen Ceske continues to update the community on the “IRS matter” stemming from improper payroll tax reporting and IRS decisions and delays that have cost the district a lot of time and money once it was brought to light in late March.

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Whenever a safety incident involving another school comes to the attention of the Scarsdale School District — whether it be a shooting, a bomb threat, a fire, a bus accident, an evacuation, etc. — district administrators take time to look at their own safety, security and emergency managemen…

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To a 14-year-old incoming freshman, Scarsdale High School’s 1,500-plus student body and the labyrinth of hallways can be difficult to navigate, but SHS alumni praise a community-building program called Civ Ed. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, has forced Civ Ed into a period o…

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In the wake of the school shooting May 24 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the movement for more gun regulation has accelerated. Protests have spread across the country, including a large number of school walkouts. 

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Every year, Scarsdale seniors have the opportunity to acquire real-world working experience during their senior options internship, a program that lasts six weeks or four weeks, respectively. While students mainly work at a local store or company, some choose to create independent projects a…

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Scarsdale Middle School eighth grader Zachary Weinberg took top prize Saturday, May 21, in Westchester’s first-ever Middle School Geography Competition. SMS Choice humanities teacher Robert Daly organized the qualifying event in Scarsdale, comprising two rounds of tests that eventually resul…

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During a special meeting following an executive session Wednesday, May 18, the Scarsdale School Board voted to approve the district’s recommendation for Carol Priore to serve as interim assistant superintendent for human resources and leadership development

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During the May 9 school board meeting, Scarsdale School District celebrated 10 teachers and two administrators who were recommended for tenure in 2022. “Achieving tenure is a significant accomplishment in the career of an educator,” said Dr. Drew Patrick, the interim superintendent who serve…

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After garnering considerable faculty and student support, the Social Justice Committee at Scarsdale High School plans to host the first-ever Non Sibi Day on Friday, May 27, the half day before Memorial Day weekend. Non Sibi Day, taking its namesake from the school district’s Latin motto mean…

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Given the choice between quickly hiring the district’s current internal auditor to conduct an audit of the business department and the processes that led to improper filing of payroll taxes — and subsequently $1.7 million in IRS fines and a lien against the district — or waiting to get an au…

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Following a half-hour executive session, Scarsdale Board of Education vice president Amber Yusuf announced that Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman resigned as of Friday, May 6, due to the distraction caused by the IRS issue the administration appeared to have covered up for 10 months prior t…

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Scarsdale High School Principal Ken Bonamo, Assistant Principal Chris Walsh and Edgar McIntosh, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum, presented an education report to the school board April 25, focusing on the high school’s Advanced Topics (AT) program and ways to enhance it. 

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With the posting of the full agreement between the Scarsdale Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman, both parties agreed to allow Hagerman to resign Friday, May 6, in order to “avoid the costs and uncertainties of litigation.” It is unclear if the board of education or Hag…

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1993 Edgemont High School graduate Grace Lin spent her life “checking off boxes.” She stopped doing that when she moved back to Edgemont, had her first child and went back to school for a major career change, all in 2013. A decade later she’s looking to help others avoid the mistakes she made.

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Two things Scarsdale school board candidate Suzie Hahn Pascutti is comfortable with are money and technology. With everything that’s going on in the district now, Hahn Pascutti’s nomination and candidacy come at the perfect time.

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A letter sent April 26 to Edgewood’s fourth grade parents said the teachers would lead students in the “final activities related to our Colonial America unit” on April 29.

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A week after deciding an independent lawyer who has not had any business dealings with the Scarsdale School District should be hired to investigate the district’s 2020/2021 IRS issues that have amounted to $1.7 million in penalties, the Scarsdale Board of Education is considering contracting…

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Ron Schulhof knows the importance of speaking his mind. But more importantly, he knows the importance of listening to others. He certainly got an earful when he didn’t speak up recently during the March 30 and April 4 board of education meetings when the district’s IRS issues, which the admi…

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According to a letter to the Latin School of Chicago community, the school’s board of trustees chair, David Koo, has pledged “full and ongoing support” to Dr. Thomas Hagerman, the future head of school and current Scarsdale Schools superintendent, who did not alert the Scarsdale school board…

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After a nearly two-hour executive session at a special meeting Wednesday, April 20, Scarsdale Board of Education members voted unanimously to hire Albany-based lawyer Anthony J. Brock to investigate the district’s IRS troubles — $1.7 million owed in fines due to multiple payroll tax reportin…

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At its meeting April 4, members of the Scarsdale Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt the 2022-23 budget in the amount of $173.3 million and adopted the 2022-23 property tax report card.

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Response to Intervention has been replaced by Multi-Tiered System of Supports in Scarsdale’s elementary schools. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Edgar McIntosh said it was part of the “evolution of our systems and structures to support student learners within their classrooms an…

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The 2022-23 school year will be one of transition for the Scarsdale School District with the superintendent, two key technology leaders and two board of education members not returning for various reasons. The board of education tapped Dr. Drew Patrick, the current assistant superintendent f…

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On Wednesday, March 30, the community was blindsided during a special meeting of the board of education by news that the Scarsdale School District owed the IRS $861,320 in penalties due to payroll filing errors from the first and third quarters of 2020. Five days later, board president Karen…

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New York Times best-selling children’s book author Dan Gutman, guest speaker at the 27th annual Young Writers’ Workshop March 26, inspired students during his virtual presentation to use their imaginations as writers. He also read an excerpt from his latest book, “My Weirder-Est School #11: …

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The Scarsdale School District announced Thursday evening, March 31, that the board of education chose Dr. Drew Patrick to serve as interim superintendent of the Scarsdale Public Schools for the 2022-23 school year with Dr. Thomas Hagerman taking a new position at a school in Illinois effecti…

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Scarsdale is known locally as a “village in a park” for the beauty of its numerous green spaces and its historic Old World charm. Yet amid this bucolic setting, the grounds at Scarsdale High School, its student parking lots and the watercourse that flows nearby are frequently littered with a…

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At a short special meeting of the Scarsdale Board of Education on Wednesday, March 30, the board passed an action item with hopes of avoiding IRS penalties after “a few errors” made in semi-monthly depositing of payroll taxes for the 2020 fiscal year.

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For most Scarsdale High School students, the rapidly unfolding Russia-Ukraine conflict is the first geopolitical crisis they’ve witnessed. Hoping to help his peers understand the historic turn of events, SHS sophomore Griffin Miller collaborated with SHS faculty to host an hourlong Zoom sess…

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The 2022 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has selected Colleen Brown, Suzie Hahn-Pascutti and Ron Schulhof from the pool of dedicated and talented citizens for the 2022 nonpartisan slate for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. If elected during the school board election on …

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At the Scarsdale Board of Education meeting March 21, current board member Carl Finger announced he has decided not to run for reelection. He will finish his first two-year term on the board at the end of June.

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Scarsdale Public School’s Director of Instructional Technology Jerry Crisci has been awarded the 2022 LHRIC TELL Award for Outstanding Innovative Leader by the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center of Southern Westchester BOCES.

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The first draft 2022-23 school budget, presented during a budget session Feb. 14, shows an approximately $7.56 million increase from last year’s adopted budget, up 4.5% over last year, for a total preliminary proposed budget of $174,379,876.

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Prior to discussing a succession plan for Dr. Thomas Hagerman, who announced at the Scarsdale Board of Education meeting on Jan. 31 he would be taking a new job in Chicago at the end of the school year, school board president Karen Ceske told the community she would not be seeking a second t…

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Keeping Scarsdale special education students in Scarsdale has been a priority for Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Hagerman and Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services Eric Rauschenbach. By creating a robust and reliable program, that mission is being achieved…