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Bruce Markusen

CCS Voters Pick Hayes, Spencer

$19 MILLION BUDGET OK’D

CCS Voters Pick

Hayes, Spencer

Election inspector (and Cooperstown Methodist Church pastor) Tom LeBeau, left, and School District Clerk Wendy Lansing double-check the voting-machine tallies after the polls closed at 8 p.m. at Cooperstown Central Middle/High School.   Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw looks on. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Tim Hayes and Gillian Spencer

COOPERSTOWN – Incumbent Tim Hayes was reelected to the Cooperstown Central school board today, joined by newcomer Gillian Spencer.

The tallies were Hayes 283, Spencer 280, Kim Jastremski 272, Jeff Woeppel 246, and Bruce Markusen 188.

The $19 million 2017-18 budget was approved, 577-211.

Leasing a new bus was approved, 584-85.

The budget for the Cooperstown library and Hartwick’s Kinney Library was approved, 526-146.

 

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Polls Open For School Elections

Polls Open For School Elections

Barb Potter, left, and Jo-Anne Weir staff the check-in table at Cooperstown Middle/High School this morning as the polls opened for voting on the 2017-18 budget and selecting two school board members from five candidates. The polls are open until 8 p.m. today. In Oneonta, voting on the school budget continues until 9 p.m. at Foothills Performing Arts Center; two incumbent school board members are running unopposed. (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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WALKER: Markusen Will Communicate

WALKER:  Markusen Will Communicate

To the Editor:

The time is now. Over the past few years, our Cooperstown Central school board has been in decline. Lack of communication. Lack of regard for the public (aka, the people who hired them). They are completely out of touch with the people of this district. Scandal after scandal the Board has continued on a backwards course.

There is only one solution to the problem. We need someone who will talk one on one with the people. We need someone who puts what WE need first. We need someone that can be a catalyst for improving communication and understanding between the board and district residents.

That person is Bruce Markusen.

Bruce has worked in education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame for over eight years. He has also been actively involved in the school community, announcing at girls’ basketball games since 2001 and doing classroom engagement activities with elementary students.

Bruce had almost a three-hour-long meeting with me, discussing student concerns, exchanging ideas and, most importantly, he listened. This district most importantly needs someone who takes responsibility and get things done. Blaming mistakes on the evils of modern technology or social media doesn’t solve anything.

I really enjoy elections like this because they’re never about politics. This is solely about what’s best for our school and school district and it’s an election where, regardless of party, we can all band together for one candidate. So, for all of you who expressed outrage with me at the board over the past year, I offer my full endorsement of Bruce Markusen for CCS Board of Education and I hope you will consider casting a vote for him on May 16 as well.

BOBBY WALKER
Cooperstown

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CCS Candidates Outline Backgrounds, Outlooks
POLLS OPEN 7 A.M-8 P.M. TUESDAY, MAY 16

CCS Candidates Outline

Backgrounds, Outlooks

Four candidates running for the Cooperstown Central Board of Education are, from left, Kim Jastremski, Bruce Markusen, Gillian Spencer, Jeff Woeppel

CLICK BELOW TO READ QUESTIONNAIRES

DETAILING THEIR EXPERIENCES, PLANS

KIM JASTREMSKI

BRUCE MARKUSEN

GILLIAN SPENCER

JEFF WOEPPEL

(Tim Hayes did not submit a questionnaire)
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Short Shorts Show Candidates’ Divides

Short Shorts Show 

Candidates’ Divides

Did Dress Code ‘Shame Bodies,’ Or Put

Students In Frame Of Mind To Learn?

Answering questions ranging from testing to personal traits to short shorts at this evening’s League of Women Voters’ candidates’ forum in the Cooperstown Middle-High School library were, from left, Kim Jastremski, Bruce Markusen, Gillian Spencer, Jeff Woeppel and Tim Hayes. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“What’s enough?” citizen Richard Blabey asked candidates for the Cooperstown Central school board, referencing a recent short shorts controversy and resulting letter to the editor of The Freeman’s Journal from a local pastor.

COOPERSTOWN – Short shorts enlivened this evening’s League of Women Voters’ forum.

“What’s enough?” asked citizen Richard Blabey, referencing the in-school mini-furor when eight female students who showed up at the high school in short shorts on April 11, the first day when temperatures got into the 70s, and were taken out of class and counseled for a half-hour.

“Or,” he continued, “it is anything goes?”

Responding, the five candidates for two seats on the Cooperstown Central school board offered the widest range of opinions to any of the seven questions posed by audience members – about 60 attended – in the two-hour session.

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Cooperstown Ghostbuster Leads Tours Through Spooky Village
50th ANNIVERSARY WINTER CARNIVAL

Cooperstown Ghostbuster Leads

Tours Through Spooky Village

A few minutes ago, Bruce Markusen, Cooperstown’s foremost ghost-channeler, leads this evening Candlelight Ghost Tour down Main Street from the starting point, Pioneer Park.  Markusen dusted off what’s usually a feature of Cooperstown summers and the pre-Halloween season for the 50th anniversary of the village’s Winter Carnival, beginning today through Sunday, Feb. 4.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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