Budget and board of education elections for schools in Otsego County will take place from noon to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 18. In addition, schools are preparing for a second year of coronavirus-proof graduations.
Here are the details for each of Otsego’s public school districts:
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.
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 www.cooperstownart.com
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.