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Unatego Prepares Project, But Won’t Rush Consolidation

Unatego Prepares Project,
But Won’t Rush Consolidation

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The proposed baseball field at Unatego Central School in Otego is seen in this artist’s rendition.

Unatego Central School’s proposed $27.6 million capital improvement plan comes at the perfect time to keep the needed school upgrades from raising taxes on district voters, according to Superintendent Dave Richards.

“We have an opportunity with our debt where we have some debt falling off, so we can replace it with new debt without any increase of the tax levy,” Richards said.

State building aid funding will pay for 87.5% of the project, Richards said.

“If we don’t do a project, then we lose that revenue, too,” Richards said.

Leftover EXCEL funds and about $1.3 million in capital reserves will pay for the remainder of the project, Richards said.

The project would be the first is about a decade for UCS, and the first since the district embarked on a long-term plan to turn three campuses into one.

However, the project will not complete the consolidation and will instead focus on needed improvements at the district’s two remaining campuses, the elementary school at 265 Main St. in the town of Unadilla, and the middle/high school at 2641 state Route 7, in the town of Otego.

Eventually, the elementary school will be closed and all students will attend school at the Otego campus, Richards said.

Baseball Field, Gym Slated For Repair In $5M CCS Project

2nd Referendum Could See New Turf Field

Baseball Field, Gym

Slated For Repair

In $5M CCS Project

Cooperstown Board of Education member Marcy Birch listens to Superintendent Bill Crankshaw’s description of the $5 million Capital Project in the first public forum on the project. Included in the capital project are improvements to the infrastructure of the elementary and junior/high school buildings and a facelift for the bus garage. Residents will vote on the project in a referendum on Dec. 17. Behind Birch is, left to right, Michael Lachance, Board member Matt Schuermann and Business Administrator/Treasurer Amy Kukenberger. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Rehabbed gymnasiums, new LED lighting, enhanced security and enhanced draining on the “embarrassment” baseball field were all part of the $5 million Capital Project presented tonight at a forum by the Cooperstown Central school board.

“The baseball field’s infield has been a real source of embarrassment and hard to maintain,” said Superintendent William Crankshaw.  “We are doing a complete refurbishment of the soil and grass.”

OJCA Inducts Nine Into Community Hall Of Fame

Job Corps Inducts 9 Into

Community Hall Of Fame

Oneonta Job Corps kicked off the 6th annual Community Softball game in Damaschke Field on Friday evening as OJCA Director Chis Kuhn, Bob the Bulldog and Jocelyn Plows honored Kristen Winn, FRN, Michelle Zuk, FRN,Lee and Joanne Fisher,NAACP, Sonia Shultis, Tribe Yoga, Molly Swain, community leader & activist, Lynn Bailey, YMCA, Valarie Adams, United Way, and Kimberly Lorraine, United Way, by inducting them into the OJCA Community Partnership Hall Of Fame. Many local service organizations tabled at the event and raffled off backpacks of school supplies to area youth. The came concluded with a spectacular fireworks display. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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