COOPERSTOWN – CCS Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw said he’s recommending Elementary Principal Anne Meccariello for a promotion to return stability to the high school.
“Anne’s been with the district 23 years,” said Crankshaw. “And she’s been in education for 28. Anne has a real sense of loyalty to the district. We are in need of consistency at the high school.”
The superintendent made the recommendation to the school board’s Personnel Committee after receiving High School Principal Kristin Butler’s resignation in February, effective July 1, after less than a year on the job.
Editor’s Note: CCS Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw sent this cautionary letter to parents.
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Cooperstown Central School District has experienced a sharp increase in “vaping.” This dangerous trend is a common concern in almost all schools nationally. Locally, the most current Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2018) indicates that 44 percent of high school students, grades 9-72, in Otsego County have used vapor products. This is a staggering statistic and evidence for concern.
We plan to increase our efforts to protect our students from the use of e-cigarettes, vape pens, or juuls, which use a liquid solution comprised of nicotine, crystallized marijuana (THC) and other dangerous substances imbued with attractive flavors. Current policy addresses tobacco, nicotine and other substances that are prohibited from use by students in school. Regulation and our Code of Conduct are consistent with policy. However, deep knowledge of vaping by the general public, including parents and caregivers – and all threats associated with it – is either unknown, misunderstood, or misrepresented.
COOPERSTOWN – In second grade, Kristin Butler already knew what she wanted to do.
“I wanted to be just like Mrs. Kiser,” the new CCS junior-senior high school principal said in an interview this afternoon. Deborah Kiser “was one of the kindest, most compassionate people I’ve ever known.”
Butler, CCS ’99, a SUNY Geneseo graduate, fifth-grade teacher locally and, for the past year, director of curriculum & development, will take the helm of the 444-student academy on Linden Avenue on July 1, succeeding interim principal Jim Brophy. Her appointment was announced on Tuesday.
“We’re 100 percent thrilled that Kristin is going to be leading at the junior-senior high school level,” said her boss, Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw. “We are looking forward to great improvement, and great success for her in that that role.”
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Central schools’ “crisis response teams” at the elementary and junior-senior high school levels have prepared an “excellent plan” to address concerns students and staff may have as the result of Friday’s arrest of phys-ed teacher Justin Hobbie on charges of distributing child pornography.
In a message sent to the community at 6:04 p.m., Supt. of Schools Bill Crankshaw said both teams had met today to discuss the “very serious charges” against Hobbie, 41, who was arrested at his Springfield Center home by state police and officers of the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Lucy Hayes, 10, right, takes advantage of this evening’s welcome reception to get know the man who will be overseeing her education for the foreseeable future, Dr. William Crankshaw, new Cooperstown Central School superintendent. The reception line to meet Crankshaw, who joined CCS Tuesday, Jan. 3, was continuous for the full 90 minutes of this evening’s event. With Lucy are dad Tim, a SUNY Oneonta administrator who is also a member of the CCS Board of Education, sister Madison, 12 (but she’s turning 13 tomorrow), and mom Lindsay. (In the background is Sydney Scalici.) At right, Crankshaw, who resigned as Remsen Rotary Club president, had a chance to chat this evening with Marge Landers, Cooperstown Rotary President. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)