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Showing posts with label Middleburgh Central School. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middleburgh Central School. Show all posts

Middleburgh CSD Votes Today on Budget, Six Candidates

Written By Editor on 5/19/15 | 5/19/15

Tuesday, May 19th will see residents in the Middleburgh Central School District voting regarding a series of proposed changes to how their school district is run. Following significant discontent in the record of the current school board and Superintendent Michele Weaver, six candidates have thrown their hat in the ring. They include current members Pam Stanhardt and Becky Binder, as well as former Broome Highway Superintendent Mike Parker, Laura Arnwine, Thomas Wargo, and Doralee Mickle.

The proposed budget increases the bottom line by $340,964 to $20,763,915. There is also a proposed tax increase of 2.38%. The proposed increase is not as large as earlier projection due to an increase in state aid. The budget will include no faculty or staff cuts and the hiring of an English as a Second Language Teacher. The proposed tax hike falls within the cap and if passed would make residents eligible for a tax rebate check from the state.

Several of the candidates for school board have played key roles in building local policy, with Stanhardt and Binder pushing for balanced budgets, Parker's administrative experience, Mickle's husband working as a janitor for the district, and Wargo's support for former Mayor Gary Hayes' plan to dissolve the Village of Middleburgh.

Read this story and more in today's introductory issue of The Schoharie News: now on newsstands countywide. 

MCS to Host Elementary Festival May 19

Written By Cicero on 5/8/15 | 5/8/15

The Middleburgh Central School district will be hosting its annual Elementary Festival of the Arts and Education on Tuesday, May 19th starting at 5:00 p.m. 

Located this year in the Junior/Senior High School, the event will include a science fair in the gymnasium and a series of band and choir concerts in the auditorium.

Elementary art projects will be on display throughout the hallways. The school website explains that "it will be a wonderful opportunity to see the talent of our young scholars."

The schedule of evening events are as follows:

Science Fair - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Band & Choir Concerts - 7:00 p.m.
Order of Performances - 4th Grade Band, 3rd/4th Grade Choir, 5th/6th Grade Band, 5th/6th Grade Choir.

MCS Graduate Escorts U.S. Ambassador to Britain

Written By Editor on 4/9/15 | 4/9/15

Middleburgh Central School graduate Cherie Federico has been invited by the York City Council to escort United States Ambassador Matthew Barzun and his secret service escort around York, a historic city located in northern England. 

The former American ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Barzun is an internet pioneer and graduate of Harvard University. Ms. Federico is the owner of Aesthetica, a British art and culture magazine with over 180,000 readers in England. 

Federice graduated from MCS in 1997.

C-R, Gilboa School Budgets Earn High Rankings, MCS Nears Fiscal Stress in Comptroller's Report

Written By Editor on 2/18/15 | 2/18/15

The state of the local school districts' budgets range from spotless to nearing troubled, according to the State Comptroller's office. The agency did a review of the deficit and debt loads of all towns, villages, and school districts in the county. The local villages had a similar range of issues in their report.

However, with declining enrollment, state aid cuts, and Common Core initiation the local school districts have a varied set of results. The state weighed various factors of fiscal stress in a rubric to establish an average score. The lower the percentage, the healthier the agency is.

Gilboa-Conesville: 0.0%
Cobleskill-Richmondville: 0.0%
Schoharie: 6.7%
Jefferson: 6.7%
Sharon Springs: 13.3%
Middleburgh: 20.0%

Two of the districts rated a spotless record. The only one that neared the Comptroller's Office's rating of 'susceptible fiscal stress' starting at 24.9% was the Middleburgh Central School District.

The audit also looked at the districts' last several years' budget deficits. Lower positive figures indicate a precise control of money while negative figures indicate deficits. Of the last three years, the districts operated at:

Cobleskill-Richmondville: 0.2%
Schoharie: 0.93%
Jefferson: 1.4%
Gilboa-Conesville: 1.8%
Sharon Springs: -1.63%
Middleburgh: -3.8%

Of all the schools surveyed, only Middleburgh was penalized for having deficits all three years. Its 2014 budget was heavily penalized for having a 4.4% deficit.

More information about all fiscal reports is published on the Comptroller's website.

Peter Pan Parade Takes Over Middleburgh

Written By Editor on 6/22/14 | 6/22/14

Middleburgh Central School's third-grade class marched down Main Street on Thursday afternoon in the annual Peter Pan Parade. The event was conducted with the assistance of the local business association and MCS alum Mayor Matthew Avitabile, who graciously portrayed J .M. Barrie's beloved character for the students. 

Mayor Avitabile (Pan) battle NBT Bank
President Jamie Casterlin (Captain Hook)
Several storefronts participated in the affairs, with the Green Wolf Brewery Co. decorating its entire front in likeness of a pirate ship and other establishments supplying candy to Peter Pan's group of youthful marauders. The Schoharie County Sheriff's Department monitored traffic for the twenty-five minute parade. 

Resident Sheila Donegan forwarded several pictures of the event to the Schoharie News for publication. We would like to thank Ms. Donegan and hope you enjoy a sampling of Thursday's Peter Pan fun in the Village of Middleburgh:

MCS Rountable Fundraiser Adds to Heritage Day Activities

Written By Editor on 6/13/14 | 6/13/14

Middleburgh's second annual Heritage Day, which includes the Sloughter 5k Run, Technopalooza, pet store grand opening, and mural unveiling has another event to add to its list. The MCS Roundtable is raising funds by holding a pulled pork BBQ on the school lawn from noon until sold out. Four meals will be just $20, individual ones $6. Anyone with questions can call Raelyn Mercer at 827-3086.

Middleburgh Voters Approve $20.4 Million School Budget

Written By Editor on 5/20/14 | 5/20/14

Middleburgh, New York - With almost eight hundred votes cast, residents of the Middleburgh Central School District came out strongly in support of adopting the proposed $20.4 million 2014-15 school budget Tuesday afternoon. The budget passed 451 to 338.

Dozens of faculty, residents, and students were present for the official results, which were delayed by technical difficulties in one of the two machines - the third consecutive year that particular console had malfunctioned in some aspect.

Board of Education candidate Ernest Kuehl, who was running unopposed for the board's lone seat up for election, received 546 votes. Five write-in votes were also cast for a variety of local residents. 

With the budget's adoption, district taxes are set to increase 2.51% in the upcoming fiscal year. 

County Residents Head to Polls to Decide School Budgets

Schoharie County residents will have the opportunity to vote in six local school board elections and decide the fate of several proposed budgets this afternoon into late evening. The following school by school rundown is a brief overview of each district and what voters are being asked to consider in their respective community.

Cobleskill-Richmondville (7am-9pm)

The CRCS Board of Education has proposed a $37,583,403 budget for the 2014-15 school year, which is a spending increase of $1,012,750 or 2.77% over the current fiscal year's budget and calls for a 2.36% hike in district taxes.

Three Board of Education candidates - Steven Philbrick, Susan Emerson Strasser and Bruce Tryon - are running unopposed for three seats.

Gilboa-Conesville (12pm-8pm)

The GCCS Board of Education has proposed a $10,112,980 budget for the 2014-15 school year, which is a spending increase of 2.43% over the current fiscal year's budget and calls for a 1.99% rise in the district's tax levy.

Two Board of Education candidates - Greg Woodcock and Peter Fox - are running unopposed for two seats.

Jefferson (12pm-8pm)

The JCS Board of Education has proposed a $6,299,149 budget for the 2014-15 school year, which is a spending increase of 3.26% over the current fiscal year's budget and calls for a 2.41% increase in district taxes. 

Two Board of Education candidates - David Lapinel and Laurel Bedford - are running unopposed for two seats.

Middleburgh (12pm-9pm)

The MCS Board of Education has proposed a $20,424,951 budget for the 2014-15 school year, which is a spending increase of 1.16% over the current fiscal year's budget and calls for a 2.51% hike in district taxes.

One Board of Education candidate - Ernest Kuehl - is running unopposed for the lone seat.

Schoharie (9am-9pm)

The SCS Board of Education has proposed a $21,677,470 budget for the 2014-15 school year, which is a spending increase of 3.13% over the current fiscal year's budget and calls for a 1.53% increase in district taxes.

Three Board of Education candidates - Maureen Bernhardt, Mark Quandt and James Bleau - are competing for two seats.

Sharon Springs (12pm-9pm)

The SSCS Board of Education has proposed a $8,885,268 budget for the 2014-15 school year, which is a spending increase of 0.7% over the current fiscal year's budget and calls for no increase in district taxes. 

Scho-Burgh Tickets Available at Schoharie School Office

Written By Editor on 1/16/14 | 1/16/14

If you are getting excited about the Scho-Burgh game coming up between rivals Schoharie and Middleburgh, tickets are available before the game at the Schoharie High School office. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for students. T-shirts are also available for $15 each. You can pick up the tickets through tomorrow-- and they will be available at the door at SUNY Cobleskill.

Middleburgh Hosting College Information Night

From the Middleburgh Central School Facebook page, the school is hosting an informational night to assist juniors considering career and educational options.
The High School Guidance Counselors will be hosting a Junior Information Night on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 pm in the high school library. They will be discussing SAT's, SAT II's, ACT's, New Visions, Scheduling, College Timeline and Military options. If you have any questions, please call the counseling center at 827-3601.

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