New York State annually reserves the third Tuesday of May for voters to cast their ballots on local school district budgets and board of education seats. It’s an important opportunity for the community to participate in
shaping local education policy, and we urge all eligible voters to take a few minutes and do so on May 17.
We urge readers to visit the website of their local school district — each has a good description and analysis of the budgets up for the May 17 vote along with the details of when and where the vote will take place.
In addition, we urge voters to support school budgets as proposed in each of the county’s local school districts. These aren’t spendthrift plans — in each case, district leaders navigate the rough seas of local demands and state mandates with an eye toward minimizing the school taxes property owners must pay. The programs these budgets support are essential to every student’s education — academic, athletic, artistic, vocational — each is a vital part of the comprehensive tool boxes that today’s world demands. The teachers and staff whom these budgets support are essential, too, of course — called out correctly as among the heroes of the pandemic and beyond, and deserving of our unified support.
School districts throughout Otsego County put their annual budgets before voters this year on Tuesday, May 17, with polls open at varying times throughout the county.
The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta offered districts the opportunity to submit a commentary on the budgets as presented; at press time, only Cherry Valley/ Springfield and Cooperstown Central responded. Those submissions are below.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
WHAT I LEARNED – 11 a.m. Hanford Mills presents lively, fun exploration on Mill topics from water power, simple machines, more for kids & parents with education coordinator Luke Murphy on Facebook Live. Bring your questions & have fun. www.facebook.com/HanfordMillsMuseum/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Presenting Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ featuring a love quadrangle, magic, & mischievous fairies. General Admission, $5/person. Hamblin Theater, SUNY Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 21
ART FOR KIDS – 10-11 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers explore art galleries with special hands-on activities. Regular admission cost, members free. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
FACULTY LECTURE – 12:20 p.m. Assisstant English Prof. Dr. Bradley J. Fest presents “Too Big to Read: The Megatext in the Twenty-First Century” on the proliferation of multi-million page novels, massive video games, huge cinematic universes & what they tell us about contemporary life. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4865 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-english-professor-introduces-a-digital-age-phenomenon/
FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour the Thaw collection of American Indian Art with Eva Fognell, curator of the collection. Cost, $30. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 1
COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 7 p.m. CGP Students present “Listen to Everyone”, using oral history recordings with the aged. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call Karen Cadwalader 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/
TABLET TALK – 10:30 a.m. – Noon. Bring questions about your tablet and find the answers with the group. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/