Unatego Central school board member Dick Downey was one of two board members to vote tonight against AgZeit’s proposal to redevelop the Otego Elementary School building into an indoor produce-growing enterprise. The board narrowed the building’s fate from four to two proposals: one from AgZeit, which intend to create an indoor farming facility; and The Kildonan School, which hoped to open a secondary school for students with Dyslexia. The board opted for AgZeit’s proposal, voting 4-2 in favor of the Endicott-based company. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
By PARKER FISH – Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
OTEGO – At its first public meeting since the June 30 deadline for RFPs, the Unatego Central school board last night agreed in front of a packed crowd to hold a public hearing on three perspective buyers for the former Otego Elementary School building at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30.
The school board may choose a buyer that evening.
Each applicant will be given 15 minutes to discuss their plans for the building. Each presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of questions from the public before voting.
After initially sending out a request for proposals, the board received three proposals for the building from:
The Unatego Central School Otego Repurposing Committee is asking district residents to complete a survey to help them make recommendations to the Unatego Board of Education as they make plans for the future of the Otego Elementary School.
The survey is available on line with a link on the district website at www.unatego.org and will be available until the end of January 2018.
ONEONTA – Long-time Oneonta resident Douglas B. VanZandt Sr., a retired Unatego High School science teacher, died on May 5, 2016, from medical complications at Loudoun INOVA Hospital in Ashburn, Va.
Douglas was born on Aug. 1, 1935, the second son of Emory and Lena VanZandt. He graduated from Oneonta High School, and he later received a bachelor’s from New Mexico State University and master’s from Syracuse University.
ALBANY – State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has updated his list of schools under fiscal stress, and Unatego and Cooperstown central school districts are on it.
Unatego, Richfield Springs School Districts,
Towns Of Laurens, CV Under Fiscal Stress
ALBANY – No Otsego County municipality or school district falls into the “significant” category of fiscally stressed public entities as determined by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
However, two fall into the second worst “moderate” category – the Town of Cherry Valley and Unatego Central School District.
And two more — the Town of Laurens and Richfield Springs Central School district — are in the “susceptible” category.