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On Tuesday, March 23, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents Congressional District 18, held a press conference alongside several superintendents to announce an influx of over $200 million in emergency federal relief to Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester school districts, including …

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Leaders in Bedford Central School District arts, athletics and extracurriculars took the mic Wednesday, March 24, at the Board of Education meeting to discuss their 2021-22 budgetary goals. Community members already heard from the district’s academic departments at meetings earlier this mont…

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Bedford Central School District Superintendent Joel Adelberg’s proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year calls for a 3.63% annual increase and a 2.57% rise in the school tax levy.

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The Board of Education in Bedford Central School District got to work early last Saturday as it held its first pre-budget program. It heard from various administrators about their visions for curriculum and instruction, especially as it relates to COVID-19, in the upcoming school year.

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Just one month after being charged with assessing the feasibility of bringing students in Bedford Central School District back to the classroom for full-time instruction, an exploratory committee on Wednesday delivered its recommendations to the Board of Education. Superintendent Joel Adelbe…

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents the 18th Congressional District, is confident that the American Rescue Plan bill, which contains billions of dollars in aid to local governments and school districts and was passed by the House of Representatives last week, will soon be passed by the…

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The Bedford Central Board of Education finance committee held a session Feb. 26 as it prepares to enter the throes of budget season. Cynthia Hawthorne, assistant superintendent for business and administrative services, presented an overview of the district’s COVID-19 expenses, state aid expe…

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Bedford Central School District closed its first reentry survey this week, garnering more than 2,000 responses from parents and guardians of students in grades three through 12. The survey was circulated for approximately a week and will be used to help the district gauge interest among comm…

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The Board of Education in Bedford Central School District this week voted to terminate a letter of intent to enter into an agreement with Brightcore Energy to develop a controversial solar farm on two school district properties.

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With Katonah-Lewisboro and Bedford Central school districts gearing up for budget season, the issue of state aid is at the forefront of many people’s minds. As part of the planning process for the 2021-22 New York state budget, Sen. Pete Harckham recently held a series of meetings with schoo…

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Community members of Pound Ridge Elementary School met virtually with their newly-appointed interim principal, Teresa Letizia, last week. Ms. Letizia officially assumed her new role Monday, Feb. 8.

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With budget season around the corner, the Bedford Central School District Budget Advisory Committee is kicking into high gear with its review of district finances and recommendations for the future. “The pressing questions now, are the future COVID expenses, opening schools going forward, ho…

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 The state and county have now given the green light to high-risk winter sports, with final decisions left to each school district. After considerable discussion at the Thursday, Feb. 4 Board of Education meeting, the board voted to authorize participation in hockey, basketball and wrestling.

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The Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education meeting Jan. 28 was mainly devoted to updates on the work of two committees, the Equity and Racial Justice Committee, and All In. Superintendent Andrew Selesnick said they are “two groups that are both doing very, very important work in our district —…

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Community members in the Bedford Central School District learned at the Jan. 27 Board of Education meeting that discussions are still ongoing with Brightcore Energy to develop a solar farm on land near West Patent Elementary School. Board member Beth Staropoli, who chairs the district facili…

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During its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 13, the Bedford Central School District Board of Education devoted most of its time addressing a topic that has been the subject of intense discussion among members of the broader school community — a proposed lease of approximately 30 acres b…

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Ahead of the holiday break, Bedford Central School District Superintendent Joel Adelberg informed community members that next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21, 22 and 23, will be remote instructional days for all BCSD students in place of in-person instruction or hybrid instruction.

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Neither pandemic nor snowstorm could stop the Bedford Central School District leaders from conducting business this week. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Board of Education and community members viewed a presentation from green energy company Brightcore Energy about a proposed lease of approximat…

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The Westchester County health department’s warnings of a post-Thanksgiving virus surge have rung true in local schools, with the Bedford Central School District reporting 26 new cases since returning from last month’s holiday break Nov. 30.

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The public forum at the Nov. 19 Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education meeting, and again at the Dec. 3 meeting, was dominated by criticism of the district’s reading curriculum. Unusually, board discussion at the first meeting was then dominated by the administration’s response. That was not t…

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This week Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York’s Winter COVID-19 Plan, which places new demands on schools located in hotspots to conduct weekly testing on a portion of their students, faculty and staff. The plan was formulated with the goal of keeping K-8 and special education schools open …

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After making parents of second graders very happy with the announcement that those students would be attending school in person four days a week, the district faced a backlash from parents of kindergarteners over a decision that was made in conjunction with that change. That decision would m…

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The Board of Education appointed a new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Bedford Central School District this week, and community members will recognize her as a familiar face. She is Amy Beth Fishkin, who has served as the principal of Pound Ridge Elementary School …

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On Monday, Nov. 9, Superintendent of Schools Joel Adelberg and Fox Lane Middle School Principal Susan Ostrofsky sent out a letter informing the BCSD community that FLMS would switch to remote-learning for the remainder of this past week.

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The Board of Education in Bedford Central School District this week clarified remarks made during a discussion last month about the possibility of offering a remote learning period around the holiday season.

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A positive COVID-19 test resulted in the closure of John Jay High School for one day this week and led to 150 individuals being quarantined. A second positive test for a member of the JJHS community later in the week did not have any such effects.

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With an eye on nationwide spikes in COVID-19, the Board of Education is considering preemptively closing schools in Bedford Central School District from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Instruction during this time period would continue remotely for all students, grades K-12.

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Bedford 2030 is launching its sixth annual Greenlight Awards. The Greenlight Award program is for high school students, who pitch a “Big Green Idea” to address climate change in their communities. Students can either propose advocacy projects, focusing on things like education and community …

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At least two topics are sure to be raised at the Board of Education meetings lately — coronavirus and the now-infamous comments made by board member Jessica Cambareri. This week’s meeting on Wednesday began with the former.

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As a junior at Fox Lane High School last year, John Ronel imagined his final year in the Bedford Central School District would be jam-packed with long school days, senior activities, sports, social events and college prep. But in the wake of the pandemic, most of those events have been cance…

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The Sept. 24 meeting of the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education was dominated by discussion of a plan to do away with Junior Varsity sports for the fall semester. That plan had first been presented to the board Sept. 10.

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The Bedford Central Special Education Department last week took its turn to address parents reopening concerns in a series of town halls. Director Deborah Dormady assured community members on Monday, Aug. 24 that her department was working tirelessly to deliver the same caliber of education …

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The Katonah-Lewisboro School District recently held three online community meetings  to answer questions regarding plans for school reopening. The sessions were a requirement set forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in giving permission for schools to reopen.