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As ‘Merger Mondays’ end, Tuesday decision looms for Schenevus, Worcester

As ‘Merger Mondays’ end,
Tuesday decision looms
for Schenevus, Worcester

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The last of the Merger Mondays took place Monday, June 14, ahead of Tuesday’s board vote.

The superintendents of Worcester and Schenevus central schools acknowledged the growing pains of a merger, but also argued its perceived importance to a group of about 15 attendees.

Some of the guests included Assemblyman Brian Miller, and Jeff Bishop, communications director for state Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, who is an SCS graduate.

Miller expressed mostly neutrality for the upcoming vote and said he was there to “show support for whichever way the communities decide to go.”

Oberacker was unable to attend because he was at a parade in Unadilla, a cause of some criticism among those who attended, but Bishop said Oberacker was closely following the developments on the potential merger.

If the vote is approved, there will be a Sept. 22, straw poll followed by a Dec. 3, binding referendum.

If the merger is approved the combined Board of Education would increase from five to seven seats. There also will be state financial incentives for the merger, which BOE representatives say will be used to improve educational opportunities and provide funds to a reserve, while also maintaining the same staff only eliminating positions through attrition, which they say will save $690,000.

Class size will be 22 students or lower.

Much of the merger rationale is based on a study conducted prior to the pandemic, which referenced a declining enrollment for both schools, a problem which in a merged district would be resolved with access to more academics and athletics.

Any additional cost for transportation they say will be minimal.

Anything related to mascots, school colors and team names would be student driven, officials said.

“This is emotional for a lot of people. … We do realize that and recognize that, but we have to do what’s best for our kids and everything in the study shows its best for our kids,” Carlin said.

Miller diverted from his original stance of neutrality briefly to posit about the merger.

“It’s to benefit our children and make our area truly prosper. … Things are really getting tough,” Miller said, referencing state funding. “A merger is really the best thing we can do.”

CARD: Boys Message In Bottle: Let’s Think Differently
LETTER from CORLISSA CARD

Boys Message In Bottle:

Let’s Think Differently

To the Editor:

I have always considered myself a logical thinker and have tried to teach my children to be realistic:

Pay your bills on time, keep your things tidy, go to bed on time, eat healthy and above all show respect to others. I have been known to be a bit overbearing, and I am certain my husband and children can attest to that.

When I was younger, I prided myself of on being tough and worked hard to make sure my peers saw me as such. I grew up with a hard-working father, who labored to make a living.

My father was uneducated – as the dictionary states, unschooled – vulgar (often) and simple. However, his perseverance and motivation inspired my work ethic and has kept me strong even during the greatest challenges in my life.

My mother, different than my father, was created purely on kindness, patience and understanding. She too understood the value of hard work, but never pursued more than she felt necessary to remain happy.

Thankfully, I managed to adopt kindness as a personality trait from my mother; admittedly, I have had to work to acquire patience and understanding.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 10

Cooperstown After School Activities Canceled

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SCHOOL RECEPTION – 5:30-7 p.m. The Cooperstown Central School invites parents and community members to welcome the new Superintendent of schools, Dr. William Crankshaw. Cooperstown Central School Cafeteria, 39 Linden Ave, Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

HISTORY LUNCHEON – 11:30 a.m. Fly Creek Area Historical Society Luncheon, at Fly Creek Methodist Church. 811 Co Rd 26, Fly Creek. Info, fcahs.org

KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

PTA MEETING – 7-8 p.m. Cooperstown Elementary School Library Media Center, 21 Walnut St, Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org/elementary-school/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 6

Meeting To Discuss Career

Politicians In State Legislature

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

LWVNY MEETING – 7-9 p.m. League of Women Voters plans consensus study on issues in state legislature of outside income and full vs part time legislature. Presbyterian Church House, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, Maureen Murray, President, (607)547-2853 or email coopmurray@msn.com or Martha Clarvoe, Membership Chair, (607)293-6654 or email martha.clarvoe@gmail.com

ELEMENTARY WINTER CONCERT – 7 p.m. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 1

Light The Oneonta Christmas Tree

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

ONEONTA TREE LIGHTING – 5-8 p.m. Join us for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. There will be caroling, shops, warm drinks, an ugly sweater contestwith winners announced just before the lighting, Horsedrawn wagon rides, and visits with Santa. Muller Plaza, Oneonta.Info, call (607)432-2941 or email detinationoneonta@gmail.com

SCHOOL PLAY – 7 p.m. 7/8th grade. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org

4-H EARN-AN-ANIMAL – Applications available. Gives youth the opportunity to purchase, raise, and show an animal. Info, cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2016/12/01/4-h-earn-an-animal-program-2017-applications-available

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