Hebert said the district is encouraging parents and residents to begin contacting Assemblyman William Magee and State Sen. James Seward about the school budget and the need to end the gap elimination adjustment. The GEA is a reduction in school aid by the state to reduce the state deficit. School officials in Milford and Cherry Valley-Springfield have also spoken out about the need to end the GEA.
“Not all advocacy is considered equal. Getting rid of this is far more beneficial for Cooperstown,” Hebert said. “We’ve come up with some templates for letters and put them on the website. We encourage everyone to send them and feel free to modify them as you like.”
The only news about the change in nicknames came out of the public relations committee. Priorities for the new nickname are keeping a historical connection, a community connection and a student connection, according to committee chairwoman Jean Schifano. The deadline to submit replacement nicknames was March 22.
In other school news, the board voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement to borrow buses from the CV-S school system. CCS has already been occasionally borrowing CV-S buses for field trips; however, the official resolution is intended to protect CV-S in case of an accident or other damage to the buses.
CCS Secondary Principal Michael Cring also told the board that he has submitted a proposal to Oneonta High School to share transportation for the May Quiz Team trip to Washington, D.C., and is awaiting approval from the Oneonta school system.
“We’re hoping to save Oneonta and ourselves some money on the trip,” Cring said.
The board also approved a school trip for the 2013-14 school year to Germany and Austria. The trip is run through the program World Strides and will be chaperoned by CCS teacher Jennifer Pindar.