School budget, bus purchase proposition approved; two elected to Board
On May 19, 2015,
Schoharie Central School District voters approved the proposed 2015-16
budget by a vote of 308 to 137, a 69.2 percent margin of approval. The
bus purchase proposition was also approved. Mark Quandt was re-elected
to the Board of Education and William (Bill) Kuehnle was elected to his
first term on the board.
Schoharie Board of Education appoints David M.
Blanchard superintendent of schools
The Schoharie Central School District Board of
Education has appointed David M. Blanchard of Amsterdam to serve as
superintendent of schools beginning July 1, 2015, filling the position
currently held by Interim Superintendent Kathryn Gerbino, Ph.D.
Blanchard was appointed at the May 7 board meeting.
Budget newsletter is available online
The May 2015 Schoharie Central School District budget newsletter has
been mailed to district residents. A PDF of the newsletter may also
SCS essayists have the write stuff
Schoharie High School was well represented in the
2015 Big Mind Learning Essay Contest. Taylor Ball won second place, Carolyn Caza, Katlyn Force and
Cameron Schultz received honorable mentions, and Morghan Albright, Gabrielle
Danthine, Dakota Francis, Andrew Morrison and Rachel Randazzo were
Learning about China
Students in Mrs. McCarthy's class learned about
China and applied their knowledge in fun and tasty ways. VIEW
UPK prepares students for success
Schoharie’s grant-funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten
(UPK) program serves children ages 4 to 5 from throughout the school
district, providing a welcoming, stimulating environment where they have
fun building social skills, learning basic concepts and mastering tasks
that will prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond.
In the photo: UPK students were recently visited by
Buckles, the school's very popular therapeutic classroom assistance dog.
District residents to vote on proposed budget May 19
On May 19, district residents will
vote on a $22,382,061 proposed budget that has been adopted by the
Board of Education for the 2015-16 school year. The proposed budget
is a 3.25 percent increase over the current year's budget. The
financial plan maintains current programs along with some important
The tax levy increase is projected at 1.31 percent, which is below
the district’s levy limit ("cap") of 2.84 percent allowed for the
district to secure budget approval with a simple majority vote of 50
percent plus one. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the
lobby of the Jr./Sr. High School library.
District residents will
also vote on a proposition to replace four buses, at a cost not to
exceed $270,000, and will vote on candidates to fill two seats on
the Board of Education.
Congratulations to the coed modified track team on their stellar
performance May 4 at the Mayfield Invitational. Lots of medals, ribbons
and personal bests were earned.
Order your yearbook
SCS is now taking orders for 2015 yearbooks, Jr./Sr. High School
yearbooks are $20 for seniors only and $40 for all others. Elementary
yearbooks are $12. Books are printed in-house, to-order. Place an order
now to receive a yearbook in June:
Yearbook Order Form
latest "pupdates" from Buckles,
Schoharie Central School's social therapeutic classroom assistance dog.
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