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C.J. Hebert

400 Recall C.J. Hebert; Ponder Life Well Lived

400 Recall C.J. Hebert,

Ponder Life Well Lived

For 90 minutes this afternoon, 400 friends, fans and family members pondered the meaning of the life of C.J. Hebert, the 51-year-old CCS superintendent who died in an ATV crash on Sunday. The Rev. Bill Delia, Cooperstown Methodist Church, who co-celebrated the memorial in the school's auditorium with the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, Cooperstown Presbyterian Church, said it was "love one another, as I have loved you. You should love one another." (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
For 90 minutes this afternoon, 400 friends, fans and family members pondered the meaning of the life of C.J. Hebert, the 51-year-old CCS superintendent who died Sunday in an ATV crash. The Rev. Bill Delia, Cooperstown United Methodist Church, who co-celebrated the memorial service in the school’s Sterling Auditorium with the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian Church, encapsulated it as:  “Love one another, as I have loved you.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 IMAGES FROM TODAY’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

Flag Lowered For C.J. Hebert

Flag Lowered For Superintendent

The flag at Main and Pioneer in downtown Cooperstown was lowered this morning to half-staff in remembrance of CCS Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert, who died in a four-wheeler accident on Sunday In Schoharie County. (AllOTSEGO.com)
The flag at Main and Pioneer in downtown Cooperstown was lowered this morning to half-staff in remembrance of CCS Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert, who died in a four-wheeler accident on Sunday In Schoharie County. (AllOTSEGO.com)
For 1st Time, Out-Of-District Students Can Enroll At CCS, Pay $7,500 Tuition

For 1st Time, Out-Of-District Students

Can Enroll At CCS, Pay $7,500 Tuition

Superintendent C.J. Hebert
Superintendent
C.J. Hebert

COOPERSTOWN – Citing increased demand in recent years, Cooperstown Central School for the first time will allow students who live outside the school district to enroll and pay tuition.

The change in policy was adopted Wednesday night at the Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting. The policy sets a tuition rate of $7,500 for out-of-district residents. The district has received inquiries about out-of-district enrollment for the past several years and more interest was expressed this spring.

“The district has been purposefully augmenting academic rigor and programming over the past several years,” said Superintendent C.J. Hebert. “We feel that we are in a position to offer these opportunities to interested families and students outside district boundaries.”

Salaries Up 10%, Healthcare Costs Down In CCS Pacts With Teachers, Food Service

Salaries Up 10%, Healthcare Costs Down

In CCS Pacts With Teachers, Food Service

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Central School District Board of Education approved labor contracts with its teachers and cafeteria workers at its monthly meeting Wednesday.  The packages will raise salaries more than 10 percent over the next three years.

However,  “the concession to change insurance consortia will result in a savings of roughly $500,000 in year-to-year health cost,” said Cooperstown Superintendent C.J. Hebert.

The new labor contracts with the Faculty Association, which represents teachers, and the Service Unit, which represents food service employees, bus drivers, custodians and other workers, feature a shift from the current CASEBP health plan to the NY 44 Health Trust Benefits Plan.

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