BY MICHELLE MILLER
Members of the Cooperstown Board of Education will be hosting a ‘’You Have Our Ear’’ meeting before the regular meeting when they intend to adopt the 2010-11 proposed budget. The board members are inviting district residents, teachers, staff, parents and students to discuss their questions and concerns regarding budget cuts. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 6:15 in the Mille/High School cafeteria on Wednesday, April 7, before the board meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the same location.
During the second presentation of the 2010-11 budget, McPhail said a few revisions have been made reducing the overall budget by 2.75 percent, from $16,252,158 to $16,093,415.
The new proposed budget total shows a reduction of $158,743 compared to the first proposed draft, which showed a reduction in five teaching positions, elimination of junior varsity football and junior varsity field hockey, two modified basketball coaches, an assistant modified wresting coach, the volleyball scorekeeper, summer drivers’ education and a handful of aides and other district staff positions.
According to McPhail, the additional reductions made include the elimination of JV baseball due to lack of enrollment, a series of extra curricular advisors that will not impact the current offerings and removing the purchase of a bus to a separate proposition that will be voted on by the public during the same time as the proposed budget. McPhail said board members decided not to rejoin the New York State School Board Association, so the district will no longer have to pay the dues for that. Salary adjustments have also been made to accommodate a retirement and a staff member who will be remaining, said McPhail.
The technology program was given another look and McPhail said a decision was made to continue to offer the three most popular courses based on enrollment on a part-time basis.
The changes will reduce the projected tax increase to approximately 7.2 percent, according to McPhail.
BY MICHELLE MILLER
- Jean E. Olin VENICE, Fla. -- Jean E. Olin, 81, of Venice, Fla., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 14, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family.
- Closing means more travel for patients, relatives The pending closure of Bassett Medical Center's inpatient psychiatric unit will mean more travel not only for patients but also for relatives, according to NAMI of Otsego County.
- Cal Tennant SCHENEVUS -- Callie (Cal) D. Tennant, of Schenevus, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away after a long, courageous struggle with diabetes, and died as a result of complications related to that disease Thursday evening, March 20, 2014, at his home. He was 38.
- Maddux, Cox stick together COOPERSTOWN -- If you didn't know any better Monday, the presence of Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox at the Baseball Hall of Fame wouldn't have raised an eyebrow.
- CCS students bringing 'The Heat' to Iron Chef This Saturday, students from Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie and Montgomery county schools will go head-to-head in a particularly heated contest.
- Village begins budget work
- Otsego IDA chief, Mathes, reviews economic development steps The Otsego County Industrial Development Agency and Otsego County will identify one or two sites for shovel-ready development in April or May, the recently appointed agency chief said Wednesday.
- Slavery film to be shown The PBS film "Slavery by Another Name" will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
- Douglas J. Olmstead MIDDLEFIELD -- Douglas John Olmstead, 88, of Middlefield, went to be with the Lord Friday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2014.
- Merchants: Jeter induction a sure thing The announcement of long-time New York Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter's retirement after the 2014 Major League Baseball season has sent ripples throughout Cooperstown's business community. It has also triggered speculation about Jeter's possible Hall of Fame future, and its impact on the village.
- More inactive Headlines