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Gorman Will Return To Cooperstown As Interim Principal

Gorman Will Return To
Cooperstown As Interim Principal

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Cooperstown Central School will have a familiar face take over as interim principal for the middle/high school as former elementary school Principal Teresa Gorman will return for two months at the end of the school year.

Gorman, who retired from CCS in 2015, following 15 years as the elementary principal, will take over May 1. Her return was approved by the school’s Board of Education at its meeting Wednesday, April 14.

The secondary school building has been without a principal since Ann Mecarriello left Wednesday March 31 to become superintendent of schools for Campbell-Savona Central School District in the Southern Tier.

CCS Business Manager Amy Kukenberger has been the acting building principal since Mecarriello’ s departure, just nine months after she was promoted from the elementary building to the middle/high school.

Mecarriello’s departure also came just one month into the tenure of new CCS Superintendent Sarah Spross who told Iron String Press on Monday, April 19, that she was shocked by the move.

COVID Case Shuts CCS For One Week

COVID Case Shuts

CCS For One Week

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Central’s new superintendent, Sarah Spross, announced yesterday that a junior-senior high school student tested positive for COVID, and that school will be closed beginning today through Friday, March 26.

Students will shift to remote instruction, and volleyball practice and games have been suspended through next Saturday.

“While many of our staff have received the vaccination,” Spross said, “they are not considered fully vaccinated because they are not two weeks past receiving the second dose.”

New CCS Superintendent Arrives

New CCS Superintendent Arrives

TV Spot Piqued Educator’s Interest

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Sarah Spross


Focused on finishing her doctorate, Sarah Spross, an assistant commissioner in Maryland’s Department of Education, drove up last summer and closeted herself at Cooperstown’s Landmark Inn.

On Aug. 28, she turned on the TV and saw the news: Bill Crankshaw, Cooperstown Central School superintendent since 2016, had resigned to return to his hometown and the Greater Johnstown School District.

It clicked, and Monday, March 1, Spross was seated at Crankshaw’s former conference table at Cooperstown Central School, being interviewed on her first day as CCS superintendent.

“I wanted to return to country living,” said the new superintendent, who has lived in Baltimore for decades, but was raised in Millbrook and summered in the Goodyear Lake vicinity, “and to be impactful in a school district.”

She has an offer on a home in Cooperstown for herself and her 11-year-old son, and that morning had just completed a meeting with her leadership team.

New CCS Superintendent  On The Job In Cooperstown


New CCS Superintendent 

On The Job In Cooperstown

Millbrook native Sarah Spross, most recently State of Maryland assistant education commissioner, confers this morning – her first day on the job – with Wendy Lansing, her assistant and clerk of the Cooperstown Central school board. Spross met with her leadership team this morning and, in time of COVID, is working with the school board on ways to introduce herself to the community.  (Jim Kevlin/
Maryland Educator CCS Superintendent

Maryland Educator

CCS Superintendent

Millbrook Native Sarah Spross Due March 1

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Sarah Spross, right, confers with her boss, Maryland School Superintendent Karen Salmon, in this Herald Mail photo.

COOPERSTOWN –  Sarah Spross, an assistant superintendent in the State of Maryland Department of Education, will become the Cooperstown Central School District’s new superintendent March 1 – or sooner.

“We hope sooner,” said school board President Tim Hayes this morning.  He said it would give her more time to be introduced to her new responsibilities by the interim superintendent, Romona Wenck.

Spross, originally from Millbrook, Dutchess County, will succeed Bill Crankshaw,who resigned in August to lead the Greater Johnstown School District in his hometown.

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