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Letter: Jastremski Devoted To Youth

ST. JOHN: Jastremski Devoted To Youth

To the Editor:

I’m eager to recommend electing Kim Jastremski to the Cooperstown Central school board.

A mother of children in our school, she is devoted to the welfare and education of young people and feels great respect for our teachers and administrators.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, was a Fulbright Scholar at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and is a UNC Royster Society Fellow. Add to that, she is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor.

Her education led her to be an instructor of Russian Language, Literature and Humanities at UNC – Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina – Columbia and Murray State University (2000-04). She has been senior technical writer at Synopsys, Inc. since 2004.

Kim has been involved at our school for years. She was PTO secretary (2008-1O), second-grade Reading Enrichment volunteer (2008-09 and 2010-11), was Stroll of the Nations Founder (2009-13), coordinated UNICEF Trick or Treat (2010-11 and 2016), sixth-grade graduation breakfast coordinator (2013-15), a Rotary Exchange host family (November 2014-March 2015), has been a volunteer at PTA, Kid Garden, FOMA, and PARP.

Not only has Kim been dedicated to our school, she is an ardent supporter of our community and had been involved as a Daisy Girl Scout leader (2006-08), a member of Otsego 2000 as secretary (2014-16)

and trustee (2013-16), a member of the Village Library board since 2013, and its president (2013-present.) She was co-founder of both Middlefield Neighbors and Positive Action Cooperstown. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Jastremski has proven skills and experience on community outreach, budgeting, working with the state Department of Education, fundraising, strategic planning and policy review and implementation.

She has teaching experience in academic classrooms, giving her a true understanding of issues facing our faculty.

At this time as our nation faces possible changes in public education, such as repealing the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965 and establishing a national education voucher program, we need an experienced, courageous, strong school board to adequately represent the wishes of their constituents by being adamant in their communications with Albany. Dr. Jastremski would add that strength to the school board. She is pleased the school board has fostered saving money by expanding shared services with other school districts.

She would like to see more community outreach and encourage more public input that could affect the entire district. She suggests videotaping BOE meetings, making them available to the community, possibly broadcasting them through the education channel. Offering a high school course in this technology would give students hands-on experience. Kim is concerned about improving the school’s energy consumption so as to leave a better world. She could share her own knowledge as her family has moved to alternative energy.

Her unique credentials, nimble mind, and deep desire to serve our school would make her a valuable asset for the school board. Please vote on May 16.

ELLEN ST. JOHN
Cooperstown

KATZ: Jastremski Transformed Library

KATZ: Jastremski Transformed Library

To the Editor:

I’ve been fortunate to work with Kim Jastremski the past few years. In her role as Library Board president, Kim has lead the way in converting the library’s funding structure, spearheading the successful public funding ballot initiative, which has put the library on solid financial footing, and pursuing New York State library construction grants.

These much-needed changes have transformed our much loved library both financially and physically. Residents throughout the school district have shared the benefits of her efforts.

To achieve these things, Kim has worked well with village government, the Hartwick Library Board, the state Department of Education and the Cooperstown Central school board. In an ever-changing, and somewhat frightening, world for public education, we need Kim Jastremski on the school board, fighting for our local interests.

Please join me in voting for Kim for the school board on May 16.

JEFF KATZ
Mayor
Village of Cooperstown

ALLSTADT: Jastremski Intelligent, Hard Worker

ALLSTADT:  Jastremski Intelligent,  Worker

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Kim Jastremski for election to the Cooperstown Central school board. In a field of very good candidates, Kim stands out for her hard work, intelligence and experience.

Kim has made major improvements to the Village Library of Cooperstown by working cooperatively with Friends of the Library, the library staff and the Village Board. The most visible are the physical improvements to the main hall and the west room, which houses the children’s area.

Kim has also been working closely with the Village to create space for educational and arts programs on the upper floor of the building. Her teaching experience has been a valuable asset for this project.

As an active participant at monthly Village building committee meetings, Kim always comes prepared with constructive input, whether it concerns coordinating efforts to obtain grant funding or simply assuring that library activities or construction schedules are well coordinated with the Village and the Art Association.

I strongly urge readers to vote for Kim Jastremski for the school board.

LOU ALLSTADT
Cooperstown

Opt-Leader Leader Turn Sights To Electing Allies To CCS Board

Opt-Out Leader Turning Sights

To Electing Allies To CCS Board

Kim Jastremski, a leader of the opt-out movement in Cooperstown, has put her support behind three candidates for the CCS board.  (allotsego.com photo)
Kim Jastremski, a leader of the opt-out movement in Cooperstown, has put her support behind three candidates for the CCS board. (allotsego.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Buoyed by an apparent collapse in support for the Common Core in the Cooperstown Central School District, opt-out leaders are turning their focus on the Tuesday, May 19, school board elections.

“My feeling is that Cooperstown doesn’t want to see business as usual, and want to see people who support the test-refusal movement and people interested in considering faculty concerns and faculty working-place environment,” said local opt-out leader Kim Jastremski, “to help serve the needs of the children.”

The deadline for petitions to run for school board was Monday, April 20, and Jastremski said she and her group are supporting SUNY Oneonta professor Trevor Fuller, Cooperstown; Tabetha Rathbone, Delaware Otsego Corp. vice president and CFO, Hartwick, and parent Laurie Williams, Cooperstown, who were active in the anti-Common Core fervor that broke into the open locally in early March.

That would pit Fuller, Rathbone and Williams against Anthony Scalici, Cooperstown, who has served on the school board for almost 20 years, often as president; against incumbent Marcy Birch, Toddsville, entrepreneur and former school psychologist, and against newcomer Mary Bonderoff, Middlefield, SUNY Oneonta’s director of multicultural services.

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Strang Position Remains In CCS’s 2015-15 Budget

Strang Position Stays In CCS’s 2015-16 Budget

CCS Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert answers Common Core foe Kim Jastremski's questions after reporting the CCS board has decided to keep funding for Executive Principal Lynn Strang's position in the proposed 2015-16 budget.  It was unclear from his presentation whether the "executive principal" piece will continue, or simply the "director of student services" responsibilities: to successfully implement Common Core provisos.  Hebert outlined a proposed $17.871,526 budget, 0.65 percent more than this year's budget.  It would call for a 2.06 percent tax increase.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
CCS Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert answers Common Core foe Kim Jastremski’s questions after reporting the CCS board has decided to keep funding for Executive Principal Lynn Strang’s position in the proposed 2015-16 budget. It was unclear from his presentation whether the “executive principal” piece will continue, or simply the “director of student services” responsibilities: to successfully implement Common Core provisos. Jastremski was one of eight “opt out” proponents who met Monday with Hebert and school board Vice President Mary Leonard and came away with the impression that at least Strang would be leaving the district at the end of the school year. (Details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands today.)  Hebert also outlined a proposed $17.871,526 budget, 0.65 percent more than this year’s budget. It would call for a 2.06 percent tax increase. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 

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