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Gillian Spencer

CCS Voters Pick Hayes, Spencer


CCS Voters Pick

Hayes, Spencer

Election inspector (and Cooperstown Methodist Church pastor) Tom LeBeau, left, and School District Clerk Wendy Lansing double-check the voting-machine tallies after the polls closed at 8 p.m. at Cooperstown Central Middle/High School.   Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw looks on. (Jim Kevlin/
Tim Hayes and Gillian Spencer

COOPERSTOWN – Incumbent Tim Hayes was reelected to the Cooperstown Central school board today, joined by newcomer Gillian Spencer.

The tallies were Hayes 283, Spencer 280, Kim Jastremski 272, Jeff Woeppel 246, and Bruce Markusen 188.

The $19 million 2017-18 budget was approved, 577-211.

Leasing a new bus was approved, 584-85.

The budget for the Cooperstown library and Hartwick’s Kinney Library was approved, 526-146.


Polls Open For School Elections

Polls Open For School Elections

Barb Potter, left, and Jo-Anne Weir staff the check-in table at Cooperstown Middle/High School this morning as the polls opened for voting on the 2017-18 budget and selecting two school board members from five candidates. The polls are open until 8 p.m. today. In Oneonta, voting on the school budget continues until 9 p.m. at Foothills Performing Arts Center; two incumbent school board members are running unopposed. (Jim Kevliin/
Short Shorts Show Candidates’ Divides

Short Shorts Show 

Candidates’ Divides

Did Dress Code ‘Shame Bodies,’ Or Put

Students In Frame Of Mind To Learn?

Answering questions ranging from testing to personal traits to short shorts at this evening’s League of Women Voters’ candidates’ forum in the Cooperstown Middle-High School library were, from left, Kim Jastremski, Bruce Markusen, Gillian Spencer, Jeff Woeppel and Tim Hayes. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

“What’s enough?” citizen Richard Blabey asked candidates for the Cooperstown Central school board, referencing a recent short shorts controversy and resulting letter to the editor of The Freeman’s Journal from a local pastor.

COOPERSTOWN – Short shorts enlivened this evening’s League of Women Voters’ forum.

“What’s enough?” asked citizen Richard Blabey, referencing the in-school mini-furor when eight female students who showed up at the high school in short shorts on April 11, the first day when temperatures got into the 70s, and were taken out of class and counseled for a half-hour.

“Or,” he continued, “it is anything goes?”

Responding, the five candidates for two seats on the Cooperstown Central school board offered the widest range of opinions to any of the seven questions posed by audience members – about 60 attended – in the two-hour session.

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