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Monetarily speaking, the three IRS payroll tax reporting errors from 2020 cost the Scarsdale School District $176,549.80 when the $7,628.56 in excess payment due to interest paid to the district by the IRS for the $851,186.56 in penalties that was returned to the district is factored in. Acc…

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Earlier this year in February, Association of Scarsdale Teacher Aides and Assistants president Joy Rotker, a teacher aide in Scarsdale since 1999, addressed the board during public comment requesting the district consider offering the employees in her union the option to enroll in the distri…

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At a special meeting of the Scarsdale School Board of Education’s Audit Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the board heard a presentation from an outside independent auditor examining internal controls for payroll withholdings in the wake of the three clerical errors that led to $1.7 million in …

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After apologizing earlier in the day to the Scarsdale Teachers Association, in addition to sending written apologies to teachers and administrators involved, second-year Scarsdale Board of Education member Jessica Resnick-Ault issued a public verbal apology on Oct. 3 to the Scarsdale faculty…

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The superintendent of schools search leadership profile presented by Deborah Raizes and Dr. Susan Guiney of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates at the Oct. 3 Scarsdale School Board of Education meeting was met with high praise.

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With 14 students and two teachers from Italy spending a week in Scarsdale from Sept. 15-23, the final COVID-19 barrier facing schools — international travel — has been cleared. As hundreds of students will be permitted to go abroad for the first time in three years, Scarsdale High School is …

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After a summer of teacher education through the Scarsdale Teachers Institute, Reveal Math officially debuted in all five Scarsdale elementary schools on the first day of school earlier this month. Reveal Math was chosen in an effort to better educate students and meet federal and state stand…

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As part of its commitment to increased transparency and communication, Scarsdale Schools interim superintendent Dr. Drew Patrick has added school district cabinet member reports to each meeting to not only give a glimpse of what’s happening now, but what’s coming up in the future as well.

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Like so many things interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Scarsdale High School’s cellphone initiative was put on hold for more than two years. After being studied and discussed by faculty and administration starting in 2016, and initially scheduled to be unleashed in April 2020, the connect…

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Despite the rain, the first day of school for Scarsdale and Edgemont was bright and cheery on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Educators hope it is a positive sign for a year with minimal — or no — interruptions due to COVID-19.

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Although both the Scarsdale Village and Scarsdale School District budgets have passed for the 2022-23 fiscal year, Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service has requested an additional $18,000 from each to further empower the Community Youth Services Project (CYSP) to help Scarsdale stude…

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In addition to many mundane procedural items, the Scarsdale Board of Education reorganizational meeting/first business meeting of the 2022-23 school year on July 1 featured some key developments and interesting discussions.

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Letters, love and laughter filled the Scarsdale High School auditorium Friday, June 17, as 26 Alternative School graduates were showered with praise, inside jokes and best wishes for their future endeavors. The rain early in the day may have dampened the field where graduation was initially …

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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…