Save the New Paltz Middle School and New Paltz Middle School YES! are joining forces. After very careful consideration of the proposed middle school project and a survey of our membership which found widespread support, Save the New Paltz Middle School is endorsing the project and is urging members and the wider New Paltz Central School District community to vote yes for the referendum on Feb. 9, 2010.
Save the New Paltz Middle School was created in January 2008 when our community mobilized to convince the school board to vote to keep the middle school in the heart of the village. On Jan. 30, 2008, Save the Middle School presented the New Paltz Central School District with a petition. This petition, signed by over 850 district residents, collected in less than two weeks, clearly stated: "We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the board to act now to commit to keep the middle school at its current location."
Following attendance by Save the Middle School members at a multitude of school board meetings over the past two years, a diligent and focused analysis of the renovation plan and the membership survey affirming widespread support, Save the New Paltz Middle School is firmly endorsing the call for district residents to vote yes on the bond referendum Feb. 9, 2010.
As a result, Save the Middle School is merging with Middle School YES!, a group of citizens whose goal is to provide accurate news and information to residents of the New Paltz Central School District about the upcoming Feb. 9, 2010, bond referendum vote and the importance of voting YES! The vote will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the high school.
You can e-mail Middle School YES! at NPMiddleSchoolYES@gmail.com. You can find us on Facebook by searching for "New Paltz Middle School YES!" and our website is www.newpaltzmiddleschoolyes.blogspot.com.
Rebecca Rotzler and Amy Mosbacher