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At its reorganization meeting on July 1 — also its first in-person meeting in well over a year — the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education extended Superintendent Andrew Selesnick’s contract. The board also heard continued criticism from parents about the district’s special education program.

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The John Jay graduating Class of 2021, which would normally fill the stage at Caramoor’s Venetian Theater, sat together in a small portion of the center field at the Palisades Credit Union Park Monday afternoon. Their “fans” — family members and friends of the students — sat congregated in t…

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A group of Katonah-Lewisboro parents has formed an ad hoc committee to press the district for further changes to its policies regarding special education students —specifically, those who are autistic.

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District clerk Kimberly Monzon has confirmed that only two candidates for Katonah-Lewisboro school board returned nominating petitions by the Monday, April 19 5 p.m. deadline. They are Board President Marjorie Schiff, who is seeking a fourth board term, and first-time candidate Elana Shneyer.

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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 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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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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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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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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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 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.

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When students finally return to John Jay High School’s campus next month, something will be noticeably missing from the walls sporting the purple-and-white school colors: Native American headdresses, arrowheads and any other reference to the school’s controversial, longtime Indians mascot.

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In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, a group named John Jay United For Racial Justice formed on Facebook and acquired 652 members in a little over a week. John Jay alumnus, Jeremy Zitomer, who graduated from the school in 2011, said he formed the group after an initial post on his own …

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Two trustee terms on the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education are expiring this year, those of Scott Posner and Dr. William Rifkin. Without any fanfare, a three-way race has emerged for the two seats, between an incumbent and two newcomers.

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Superintendent Andrew Selesnick announced changes to his proposed 2020-21 budget at a virtual Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, although there is still no date when the board anticipates it might adopt the budget.

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On Wednesday, responding to heightened concerns over group gatherings, Superintendent Andrew Selesnick announced the closing of the facilities at John Jay middle and high school campuses. Entrances to the campus are also closed.

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The Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education devoted most of its April 2 meeting, conducted via Zoom, to the topic of how to teach through distance learning. It featured a presentation by Mary Ford, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

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At the March 12 Board of Education meeting, superintendent Andrew Selesnick revealed several expense items would result in the proposed 2020-21 budget rising $500,000 more than originally stated. These included estimates for the renovation of the John Jay High School auditorium, the JJHS gym…

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John Jay High School turned into a conference center on Feb. 18, but instead of teens milling in and out of the classrooms, Katonah-Lewisboro’s teachers and administrators filled them for a day of professional learning. In sessions led by in-house experts as well as a few outside thought lea…

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Research on climate change by Ashley Stagnari, a senior at John Jay High School, won first place in the earth and environmental science category of the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held Feb. 8 at the John Jay campus. She will present her research at the Upsta…

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John Jay High School senior, Cat Curry, is constantly on the go, whether teaching at an after-school program at Increase Miller Elementary School, running the Bedford Audubon’s Teen Council, which she founded, or serving as a lab assistant for her AP environmental science teacher. Wherever s…

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The proposed 2020-21 Katonah-Lewisboro School District budget, introduced by Superintendent Andrew Selesnick last week, will represent a projected 0.73% increase over the current year, the smallest in four years. The majority of the proposed increase would be funded by revenues other than pr…