Dr. Kathryn Gerbino appointed interim superintendent
The Schoharie Central School District Board of
Education voted on Aug. 19 to appoint Dr. Kathryn Gerbino as interim
superintendent of schools, effective Sept. 1, while a search for a
superintendent to replace retiring Superintendent Brian D. Sherman is
Save the date and support SCS sports:
Golf Tournament is Oct. 18 at Cobleskill Country Club
Golf for a great cause: The Schoharie Sports Booster Golf Tournament is
set for Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Cobleskill Country Club. The scramble
tournament will feature 18 four-member teams and costs $60 for members
or $80 for non-members, including golf, cart and buffet dinner. Drawings
and other fundraisers will add to the fun, and all event proceeds
benefit the Sports Booster Club. For more information, contact Barb
Sharpe at (518) 868-2878.
SCS welcomes new staff
SCS welcomes the following new staff to the district: Transportation
Director Amy Crewell, Music Teacher Cassandra Olin and School
Psychologist Stacey Alexander-Mann. The Board of Education approved their
hire at their Aug. 6 meeting.
wrestles national gold, silver
Schoharie’s own Alexis Bleau has done it again:
she wrestled her way to a gold medal at the Cadet National
Championships in Fargo, ND in July, and took second in the Junior
Bright new changes await littlest
Summer is always a busy time for the SCS buildings
and grounds crew, and this year is no exception, especially in the
Elementary kindergarten to grade 2 wing, where they are completing
several projects. This fall, the district's littlest learners will
find changes that brighten both their hallways and classrooms.
SED releases questions to promote understanding of
testing for college and career readiness
The New York State Education Department (SED) has
released approximately 50 percent of the questions used on the 2014
Grades 3 - 8 assessments to increase understanding of "the breadth and
depth with which the state tests measure college and career
According to SED, "the
released questions represent a range of difficulty and illustrate
how student performance is assessed in accordance with the learning
expectations and instructional shifts established by the New York State
Common Core Learning Standards."
READ THE SED NEWS RELEASE
A place in the sun: EPTSO pavilion nears completion
Just add tables: Work is nearly complete on a
pavilion behind Schoharie Elementary. A project of the Schoharie
Elementary Playground Committee and ETPSO, the
pavilion will provide shelter for a variety of school and
Capital project funds much-needed repairs
Leaking and out-of-warranty roofs, including
portions of the high school roof over the distance learning room and
library, are among areas targeted for repairs to be funded through a
voter-approved capital project. The project, which was approved by
district residents on May 20, will make the school a safer and healthier
place for teaching and learning.
SCS graduation rates rise
If it takes a village to raise a child, it also
takes a village, educators included, to ensure that the child
completes high school. SCS's administration recently praised the
district’s faculty, staff, students and families for their successful
efforts to improve graduation rates, which have risen from 78 percent
in 2011 to 86.2 percent in 2013.
State updates immunization requirements
The New York State Department of Health (DOH)
revised immunization requirements for school attendance effective
July 1 to reduce the number of vaccine-preventable diseases. While no new vaccines are required,
the number of doses required and the time intervals between doses have
Thank you Ms. Jacobsen and Ms. Wielt!
SCS bid a fond farewell this summer to retiring
staff members Patricia Jacobsen and Karlene Wielt, who together
provided nearly 60 years of service to students, their families and
the school district. Jacobsen often worked with Buckles the therapy
dog at her side, while Wielt had told students whom she'd had since
Elementary School that she'd retire when they graduated.
The NYS Property Tax Freeze Credit and you
When New York passed its state budget, it enacted
a property tax freeze credit for homeowners. The credit will be
implemented as rebate checks for STAR-eligible homeowners based on
property taxes levied by school districts and municipalities (village,
town, county, library, etc.) that are subject to the property tax levy
If a school district’s adopted tax levy is under the
cap, as Schoharie Central’s is, homeowners will receive a rebate for the
increase in their school taxes for the 2014-15 year.
I recently enjoyed a visit from Quinn, who is SCS faculty member Jenn
Bellen's daughter. I'm thinking she is a true Buckles fan!
latest "pupdates" from Buckles,
Schoharie Central School's social therapeutic classroom assistance dog. Buckles was awarded to Schoharie for
receiving the most votes in the 2012 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant
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