Schools

Some local districts exceed snow days

After taking snow days during the Blizzard of 2017, many local school districts will now have to change vacation days into school days after they exceeded their allotted snow days for the year. That includes Owego-Apalachin, where Friday, May 26 will now be a full day of classes for students instead of the first day of a four-day weekend. Students in Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Union-Endicott, and Vestal will also be in session that day. In addition, U-E and M-E students will have to return from spring break one day early to attend classes April 21. State law requires schools to be in session for a total of 180 days. School districts normally plan for a maximum of four to six snow days per year.

OACSD proposed budget for 2017-18 school year

Owego-Apalachin School District Superintendent Corey Green proposed his budget for the 2017-2018 school year to the board of education last night. The $45.8 million spending plan includes a proposed property tax levy increase of 1.05 percent. The budget is still in its preliminary stages and is waiting for final numbers from the state. Green’s proposal includes program enhancements and opportunities to students like additional STEM courses, a greater focus on agriculture, and more elective and AP offerings for high school students. Green told the board they are also keeping an eye on declining enrollment in the district and using that to help guide long-range planning. The district is projected to have 100-200 fewer students by the end of the 2021 school year. The full presentation will be posted on the district website today. A final district budget will be adopted April 13 and go to the voters in May.

Tioga CSD guidance counselor resigns after DWI charge

A Tioga Central School District guidance counselor has resigned after he allegedly drove to work drunk on Monday. 55-year-old Steven Gillule was arrested by New York State Police at the school building just after 9:30am Monday, and charged with misdemeanor DWI after his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.13 percent. His resignation was accepted during a special meeting of the Tioga Central School Board on Tuesday.

OFA senior breaks more world lifting records

OFA Senior Lindsay Field broke three world power lift records at an event in Ithaca this weekend. The 17-year-old squatted 330 pounds, benched 115 pounds, and deadlifted 400 pounds to set new records for 16 and 17-year-old girls. The dead lift was 20 pounds heavier than the world record she set in the fall. Lindsay hopes to continue to break her own records this spring and summer.

Former Nichols Elementary building for sale

The Tioga Central School District has officially put the former Nichols Elementary School property up for sale. The former school building on Ro-Ki Boulevard currently houses offices for Tioga Downs, the Community Care Network, and Catholic Charities. Tioga Superintendent Scot Taylor says the board voted unanimously to put the building up for sale because they don’t need the property anymore. The building was built in 1958 and closed to students in 2011.

Akshar at OES for “Ag in the Classroom”

State Senator Fred Akshar stopped by Owego Elementary yesterday to participate in a presentation to fourth grade students from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Akshar read the students a story, and then they got to try oranges three different ways: whole, canned, and squeezed into juice. The presentation was part of the “Ag in the Classroom” initiative, a collaboration between the CCE, BOCES, local school districts, and Senator Akshar.

“I have to give thanks to (OACSD) Superintendent Corey Green for his willingness to partner with us and the Cornell Cooperative Extension for making this a reality,” he told WEBO. “I’m already thinking forward about how we can expand the program, get into more schools, and ensure that we are creating a pathway for kids to be successful.”

Owego-Apalachin is one of five local districts taking part in the program, and Superintendent Corey Green is also looking forward to the future.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this program,” he told WEBO. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn more about agriculture. Teaming up with Senator Akshar has been wonderful, and we are looking forward to watching (the program) grow.”

More photos from the event are on the WEBO Facebook page.

TCSD capital project vote today

Tioga Central School District residents will vote today on a $7.55 million capital project. Most of the project involves infrastructure improvements, and would relocate the district offices to the high school. An additional state grant will be used to turn the existing office building into pre-kindergarten classrooms. More information is available on the TCSD website. Voting will be held from 11am to 8pm in the middle school gymnasium.

TCSD Superintendent on WEBO ahead of cap. project vote

The Tioga Central School District will ask residents to vote on a $7.55 million capital project next week. Most of the project consists of infrastructure improvements, including the relocation of district offices to the high school, improving security and handicapped accessibility, four new boilers, and the replacement of asphalt. Superintendent Scot Taylor was a special guest on today’s WEBO Morning Show. He says 92 percent of the cost will be covered by state aid. An additional state grant will be used to turn the district office building into pre-kindergarten classrooms. More information about the capital project is available on the TCSD website. Voting will be open from 11am to 8pm Tuesday in the Middle School Gymnasium. Listen to the full interview below.