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Leonard, Brophy, Honored For Service To CCS

Leonard, Brophy,

Honored For Service To CCS

Five Teachers Receive Tenure

As Part of Afternoon Ceremony

Mary Leonard, left, was recognized for her service as the Board of Education’s Vice President for 12 years, in a ceremony at Cooperstown High School this afternoon. Also honored was  Jim Brophy, center, who has served as Interim Administrator since 2016 and the district a total of 42 years. Five teachers also received tenure. From left, Leonard, Irene Kenison, licensed teaching assistant, Ann Meccariello, Elementary Principal, Brophy, Amanda Chase, teacher of English to speakers of other languages, and Mary Clare Roberts, licensed master social worker . Not pictured is Emily Huston, elementary teacher, who also received tenure.


CCS Principal Lucy Resigns After 2 Years

CCS Principal Lucy

Resigns After 2 Years

Search For Successor To Begin In Fall

Donna Lucy

COOPERSTOWN – Donna Lucy, who recently engaged to marry, has resigned as Cooperstown High School principal in a reorganization announced today by the school district.

“As many of you know I became engaged earlier this year. As a result my family and I will be relocating in July 2018,” Lucy said. “I am super excited for my next chapter and I leave knowing that there are other authentic champions for children in the world.”

Early Morning Rush At Cooperstown Ballots

Early Morning Rush Seen

At Cooperstown Balloting

Fly Creek residents Jim and Jackie Brophy vote just before 10 a.m. today.  By then, 80 people had already voted at the high school on Cooperstown Central School’s proposed budget and the three vacancies on the school board.  Four candidates are vying:  Nancy Areliusson, Marcy Birch, Tony Scalici and Matt Schuermann.  This morning,  Election Inspectors Mary Balcom, Tom LeBeau, and Les Rathbun were surprised by the size of the early morning turnout.  The polls will be open until 8 p.m.  Balloting in the Oneonta City School District begins at noon at Foothills, and continues until 9 p.m.   City school board members Jamie Reynolds and Susan Kurkowski are unopposed.  (Parker Fish/
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