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School board members showed dismay at the board of education meeting Monday, Nov. 16, when district architect Kevin Walsh projected a September 2022 end date for when portable classrooms could be occupied on school grounds.

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Earlier this month, a three-minute time limit was established for public comments at school board meetings, but Scarsdale’s Board of Education will consider responding to speakers in real time.

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The Restart Steering Committee, the group tasked with analyzing the school district’s reopening protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic, reaffirmed the district’s commitment to 6 feet of physical distancing after a contingent of elementary school parents suggested the district decrease dista…

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Addressing six pre-determined topics and answering nearly 50 questions from the chat function of Zoom, Scarsdale School District cabinet members spent 90 minutes Thursday, Oct. 29, updating the community as it moves forward following two weeks of online surveys and focus groups.

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After conducting 39 virtual focus groups on Zoom with some 400 students, parents, teachers and administrators over a week beginning Oct. 19, the Tri-State Consortium compiled feedback and released a report Nov. 2, which spelled out the consortium’s findings on the district’s communication an…

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At the request of Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman, the Tri-State Consortium conducted 39 focus groups over Zoom representing close to 400 students, parents, teachers and administrators for a week, beginning on Oct. 19, as part of assessing the school’s reopening plan. Mu…

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Between Thursday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Scarsdale School District confirmed four more positive COVID-19 cases among the school community. The first and fourth both led to a cancellation of that afternoon’s after-school activities (athletics) and a switch to remote learning the f…

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Assistant Superintendent Drew Patrick announced at the board of education meeting Oct. 19 that Michelle (Carter) Verna will serve as Scarsdale School District press officer, replacing Victoria Free Presser who retired in August.

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This interview conducted on Oct. 1, the first in a series to focus on student mental health and well-being, featured a conversation with Scarsdale Middle School psychologists Dr. Elliot Cohen and Dr. Merav Hasler. The interview was conducted and condensed by PTA wellness representatives Wend…

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A report by the Scarsdale Forum Education Committee released Oct. 8 recommends the school board and administration create a “new paradigm” to bolster communication with stakeholders and provide avenues for wider community participation in decision-making for the schools.

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Quaker Ridge Elementary School switched to fully remote learning Thursday, Oct. 15, as school district officials awaited rapid COVID-19 test results of two previously quarantined students who began showing symptoms. The school will reopen for hybrid learning on Friday as both tests came back…

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With all the challenges teachers are facing in 2020 — due to ending last school year with remote learning from March through June and starting this school year in a hybrid model — Scarsdale’s faculty remained generally upbeat during a public Zoom meeting Oct. 5 between representatives of the…

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It is one of the most coveted awards a school can receive, and this year when the winners were announced by the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 24, Scarsdale’s own Heathcote Elementary School was on the list of 367 schools nationwide to be named as a Blue Ribbon School for 2020.

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After results Sept. 15 for each school’s water test showed low to moderate levels of Legionella bacteria in the water at Quaker Ridge School and Scarsdale Middle School, the district covered all non-UV filtrated bottle filling stations on the same day, and installed all new UV filtrated bott…

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Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Plan (STEP) welcomed its 2020-22 scholarship student, James Kakaire, at a small outdoor gathering Sept. 16. Kakaire arrived from North Carolina last month and quarantined for two weeks before starting classes at Scarsdale High School Sept 10. A junior fro…

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Of the nine public commenters at the Scarsdale Board of Education’s first in-person meeting since March 2, six came to talk about the high school schedule, one about the high and middle school schedules, one about the middle and elementary school schedules, another mostly about tennis.

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Tashia Brown’s face hurt from smiling so much Monday, Sept. 14. For the first time since March 6, the doors to Scarsdale’s middle and five elementary schools opened for students. Little did anyone know they would not return to school on March 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman alerted the community to the presence of “low-to-moderate levels” of Legionella bacteria in the water supplies at Quaker Ridge Elementary School and Scarsdale Middle School. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Hagerman reported t…

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Victoria (“Vicki”) Free Presser, who retired as public information officer for the Scarsdale schools on Aug. 28, took the position in April 2002, a time when the nation was still reeling in the wake of 9/11. Responding to a deeply felt need from the community for both solace and strength, Pr…

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For parents of students in the special education program, the anxiety of going back to school presents a new set of challenges during the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic.

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In delivering the most recent Scarsdale High School restart plan via Zoom on Aug. 20, Principal Ken Bonamo was matter-of-fact in explaining the “challenging and daunting” restart process, and supporting both teacher and student viewpoints, while remaining his usual soft-spoken, calm self.

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Though there is still no guarantee Scarsdale schools will reopen with a proposed hybrid system, the district remains committed to aiming for that level of in-person education after Labor Day, while also focusing on remote learning for the roughly 11 percent of students who have chosen that o…

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By offering extended in-person hours and a full remote option for reopening Scarsdale schools this fall, parents in the community were getting closer to being satisfied, though many still wanted a clearer roadmap for exactly how things would look and feel online and in-person educationally a…

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Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman called it “a turbulent and chaotic week coming off a turbulent and chaotic series of months in which we’ve been all engaged in coping with a worldwide pandemic” as the Restart Committee and district administration pivoted on several fronts — based upon crit…

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The Scarsdale Restart Committee continues to listen to parent feedback. Less than 48 hours after the district released the plan to the public for the first time Monday night, new changes were made to the elementary school and high school hybrid schedules today.

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Monday evening, Aug. 3, the Scarsdale community finally got a look at the school district’s reopening plan, an 84-page document that will likely go through more changes before and after being sent to New York State for review on Friday, Aug. 7.

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When it leaked and spread on Facebook that the Scarsdale Restart Committee was rumored to be considering having high school students in a full e-learning setting beginning in September in order to better serve the district’s younger students in person and be able to offer more elective optio…

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After years of debate and planning, the two-phase $28.4 million Greenacres Elementary School construction project, which included a four-classroom addition on Huntington Avenue, reconfiguration of existing interior spaces and the renovation of 11 classrooms, is on target for a September finish.

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The Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Plan (STEP) Board announced July 1 that James Kakaire, a rising junior from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, has been selected to join the Scarsdale High School class of 2022 this coming fall.  

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Basking in the morning sun on Scout Field Friday, June 26, graduates of the Scarsdale Alternative School and their families sat patiently in their lawn chairs, waiting for graduation ceremonies to begin. With families socially distanced from one another in separate areas marked off by lines …

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As March wore into April and April into late spring, families everywhere wondered what the summer of 2020 would look like as it became clear the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t going away. With many vacations canceled, summer recreation activities nixed and jobs and internships drying up, a little …

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The Scarsdale School District and its teachers have inked a new one-year agreement that increased the salary schedule for teachers on all steps by $750. Teachers would also receive a nonrecurring supplement of $750 for 2020-21.

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A restart planning steering committee, tasked with strategizing around three potential scenarios for schools reopening in the fall, is set to convene next month, according to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Edgar McIntosh and Director of Special Education …

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More than 120 viewers tuned in to the school board’s virtual special meeting on June 17 to hear results of the 2020 school election. With an unprecedented 4,161 absentee ballots submitted, it was the largest turnout since 2013 when more than 3,200 went to the polls and 56% voted against the …