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Cooperstown Central school board

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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Jeff Woeppel 5th CCS Candidate

Jeff Woeppel 5th CCS Candidate

COOPERSTOWN – Jeff Woeppel, the Bassett Healthcare vice president, is a fifth candidate for the Cooperstown Central school board, Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw said today.

He joins the field of incumbent Tim Hayes and three newcomers, Bruce Markusen, Kim Jastremski and Gillian Spencer in seeking to fill two vacancies in the Tuesday, May 16, election.

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Senior To CCS Board: We Won’t Be Bullied

E-PETITION SPURS DEBATE

Senior To CCS Board:

We Won’t Be Bullied

"We will not allow ourselves to be bullied into submission," senior Bobby Clark, who heads the Otsego County Young Republicans, tells the Cooperstown Central school board this evening. Seated behind him is MacGuire Benton, head of the Young Democrats, who collaborated with Walker in circulating a recent e-petition. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
“We will not allow ourselves to be bullied into submission,” senior Bobby Walker, who heads the Otsego County Young Republicans, tells the Cooperstown Central school board this evening. Seated behind him is MacGuire Benton, head of the Young Democrats, who collaborated with Walker in circulating a recent e-petition. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Bobby Walker, a CCS senior and leader of the Otsego County Young Republicans, said he was called into the principal’s office and told to “remove” e-petitions he was circulating on behalf of Laurie Pestar, the elementary school secretary who was seeking an unpaid leave while she fights cancer.

Walker refused to do so, and asked Middle/High School Principal Donna Lucy who had told her to rein him in.  “I cannot tell you,” she replied.

“We do have a voice and we will not allow ourselves to be bullied into submission,” the senior told the school board that was meeting this evening in the packed middle/high school library.  (It appeared most attendees were there for their Participation in Government class.)

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Son Challenges CCS Board On Impersonal Note To Mom
Cancer-Fighting Secretary Served 30 Years

Son Challenges CCS Board

On Impersonal Note To Mom

Laurie Pestar's son, Marine Jeremy Denmeade, share his disappointment with the Cooperstown Central school board at the impersonal letter sent to his mother. Seated counter-clockwise from left are board members Tony Scalise and Marcy Birch, Interim Superintendent Mike Virgil, board President Theresa Russo, and board members xxxx (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Laurie Pestar’s son, Marine Jeremy Denmeade, shares his disappointment with the Cooperstown Central school board at the impersonal tone of the letter sent to his cancer-fighting mother. Seated counter-clockwise from left are board members Tony Scalici and Marcy Birch, Interim Superintendent Mike Virgil, board President Theresa Russo, and board members Mary Leonard, Marielle Ainsworth and Tim Hayes.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mrs. Pestar's colleagues and friends filled the seats at tonight's meeting.
Mrs. Pestar’s colleagues and friends filled the seats at tonight’s meeting.

COOPERSTOWN – Friends, colleagues and the Marine son of Laurie Pestar, a 30-year elementary school secretary fighting cancer, confronted the Cooperstown Central School board this evening – not so much for rejecting her request for a six-month unpaid leave of absence, but by doing so in such a cold and impersonal way.

“I will never forgive this board for this callous and budget-driven decision,” her son, Jeremy Denmeade, told the school board.

In response to an audience question, school board President Theresa Russo would only say the school board has various reasons to give unpaid leaves, and declined to discuss the issue further, saying it was a personnel matter.

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