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Results of School Budget Vote

Results of School
Budget Vote & Elections

The votes are in and here are how the school budget elections went around the county. We will add results as they com in.

Cherry Valley – Springfield

Proposition 1: 192 for – 66 against

Proposition 2: 178 for – 78 against

Proposition 3: 187 for – 70 against

Proposition 4: 162 for – 95 against

Board Seat
Erin VanDerwerker Seely: 216 votes

Cooperstown Central School

Budget: 393 for – 106 against

Bus Lease Proposition: 427 for – 67 against

Village Library Proposition: 408 for – 88 against

Board Members
Peter Iorizzo: 303 votes
Cody Moore: 300 votes

Lawrence J. “Butch” Weill Jr., 61 Lifelong Unadilla resident, enjoyed gaming, sports

In Memoriam

Lawrence J. “Butch” Weill Jr., 61

Lifelong Unadilla resident, enjoyed gaming, sports

Lawrence J. Weill Jr.

UNADILLA – Lawrence J. “Butch” Weill Jr., 61, of Unadilla passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 1, 2021, at home. He was born August 8, 1959, in Oneonta the son of James O. Sullivan and Betty (Brown) Sullivan.

A lifelong area resident, Butch graduated from Unatego Central School, the Class of 1977.

He was currently employed for Norfolk Southern Corp. as a machinist. He started working for the railroad in June of 1992. Butch enjoyed scratch off tickets, trips to Turning Stone and Tioga Downs, watching sports especially the New York Mets, Oakland Raiders, and SU Basketball and going to Afton to watch dirt track racing.

Unatego Prepares Project, But Won’t Rush Consolidation

Unatego Prepares Project,
But Won’t Rush Consolidation

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

The proposed baseball field at Unatego Central School in Otego is seen in this artist’s rendition.

Unatego Central School’s proposed $27.6 million capital improvement plan comes at the perfect time to keep the needed school upgrades from raising taxes on district voters, according to Superintendent Dave Richards.

“We have an opportunity with our debt where we have some debt falling off, so we can replace it with new debt without any increase of the tax levy,” Richards said.

State building aid funding will pay for 87.5% of the project, Richards said.

“If we don’t do a project, then we lose that revenue, too,” Richards said.

Leftover EXCEL funds and about $1.3 million in capital reserves will pay for the remainder of the project, Richards said.

The project would be the first is about a decade for UCS, and the first since the district embarked on a long-term plan to turn three campuses into one.

However, the project will not complete the consolidation and will instead focus on needed improvements at the district’s two remaining campuses, the elementary school at 265 Main St. in the town of Unadilla, and the middle/high school at 2641 state Route 7, in the town of Otego.

Eventually, the elementary school will be closed and all students will attend school at the Otego campus, Richards said.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Carved Pumpkins On Display 10-25-20

Carved Pumpkins On Display


PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7 p.m. See artistically carved/decorated pumpkins for this Halloween season. Wear a mask, social distance, be safe. There will be no indoor gathering this year. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-9777 or visit

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit for info.

Tearful Soccer Coach Scores ‘Inspire Award’


Tearful Soccer Coach

Scores ‘Inspire Award’

Fighting back tears, Unatego Soccer Coach Sue Herodes, inset at right, accepts the 2020 “Inspire Award,” presented this evening as 56 graduates received their diplomas at the Unatego Central School graduation.   Herodes was selected by seniors as the teacher who had the most influence on their growth and success during their high school years.  Behind her is school board President Jim Salisbury, Otego.  In top photo, Valedictorian Paige McCoy smiles with satisfaction as her long list of awards and scholarships is announced.  Salutatorian is Mikaila Flavell.  The ceremony took place in the football field, with family members and friends spread out across the grandstand to achieve social distancing.   (Jim Kevlin/

Oneonta Christian School Looks At Otego Elementary

Oneonta Christian School

Looks At Otego Elementary

Unatego Central Board Also Considers

Housing, IT Firm For School It Closed

Unatego Central School District closed Otego Elementary in 2017, and consolidated the lower grades in Unadilla Elementary.

OTEGO – Three new plans for the former Otego Elementary School building, including one from the Oneonta Christian Academy, will be presented to the Unatego Central school board at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

The entire board will hear the presentations, ask questions, and then make a decision at a Nov. 4 meeting on which proposal to accept.

The three proposals are:

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