11 OFA student-athletes commit to play college athletics

The Owego Free Academy Athletics Department recognized 11 student-athletes yesterday who are planning to participate in college athletics next year. All 11 signed their commitment letters in the OFA Lobby yesterday in front of the student body. Here is the full list of the student-athletes and where they will be attending:

  • Cole Paradies, Basketball, Wells College (Div. 3)
  • Caleb Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
  • Micah Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
  • Mason Ford, Lacrosse, Maryville University (Div. 2)
  • Joe Kuchinski, Lacrosse, Wilkes University (Div. 3)
  • Tyler Short, Track & Field, Bryant and Stratton College (ICA)
  • Clayton Wolfe, Track & Field, University at Buffalo (Div. 1) or Binghamton University (Div. 1)
  • Bella Coleman, Volleyball, University of Virginia (Div. 1) or University of Rochester (Div. 3)
  • Makenna Kallin, Volleyball, Fredonia State (Div. 3)
  • Savannah Terry, Volleyball, Elmira College (Div. 3)
  • Devin Horton, Wrestling, Alfred State (Div. 3)

Cornell welcomes 14th President

Cornell University’s new president arrived on campus yesterday. Martha Pollack is the university’s 14th president and will be officially inaugurated on Aug. 25. Pollack comes to Cornell from the University of Michigan, where she served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. In a message to the community, she said she is happy to be on campus and excited to see the direction that Cornell is going, especially with its expansion efforts in New York City. Pollack takes over as president from Elizabeth Garrett, who passed away in March of last year. She is the second female president in the university’s 152-year history.

OACSD Board of Education approves budget

The Owego-Apalachin School District Board of Education adopted their final budget last night. The $45.9 million spending plan will go before district voters on May 16. It includes a 1.05 percent increase to the property tax levy, but individual tax rates will be determined by state equalization rates later this year. The district ended up receiving $360,000 more in state aid than they anticipated, which slightly increased the final budget from the plan that was presented in March. The proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year increases spending by 1.9 percent over the current year’s budget. Information sessions will be held for district voters at 6pm on Tuesday, May 2 at Apalachin Elementary and at 6pm on Thursday, May 4 at the District Offices.

Five people selected for O-A Wall of Fame

Five people have been named as the next members of the Owego-Apalachin Wall of Fame. The honorees will be inducted during a dinner ceremony on June 14. This year’s class includes: Spc. Charles Bilbrey, Jr., Janet Ellis, Lt. Col. R. Tracy Mead, Jr., Janey Sargent, and Jerry Slocum. The induction ceremony costs $30 per person. Reservations must be made by May 19 by calling Janet Kline in the district office at 607-687-6227.

Windsor CSD passes capital project

Windsor School District voters approved a capital project yesterday by a vote of 397-68. The $14.1 million project contains many improvements, including the installation of a multi-use turf field in their stadium, the construction of a music recording studio in the high school and new playgrounds at two elementary schools. The project also includes security and energy efficiency upgrades. It will result in no tax increase to residents, according to the district’s newsletter. Voters also approved the creation of a new capital reserve fund for the district.

OACSD Board to approve final budget tomorrow

When the Owego-Apalachin School District Board of Education meets tomorrow night, members are expected to approve the final budget proposal that will go before voters next month. The board will vote on a proposed $45 million dollar budget for the next school year. The budget increases spending and the property tax levy, according to superintendent Corey Green. GREEN. Owego-Apalachin residents will vote on the budget on Tuesday, May 16th. The meeting will begin at 7pm in the Board Room at the O-A District Office building.

Sayre SD looking at program cuts, teacher furloughs

Sayre High School students picketed outside the school yesterday, and a board meeting last night got heated as the school district is looking at cutting several programs for next year. Hundreds of people filled the auditorium at the school – many wearing red shirts – and demanded answers regarding the district’s plan to potentially cut programs like family and consumer sciences, foreign languages, music programs, and art classes in next year’s budget. The Sayre Education Union says the cuts could result in the furlough of 25 percent of the teaching staff. Neither the board nor the superintendent answered any questions last night, saying they will be making a final decision in the next few weeks. Unlike New York, district taxpayers in Pennsylvania do not get the chance to vote on school budgets.

OACSD Superintendent on WEBO Tuesday

Owego-Apalachin School District Superintendent Corey Green joined the WEBO Morning Show today to discuss the district’s proposed budget. The current proposal calls for a $45.8 million budget for next school year, which includes a 1.05 percent increase to the property tax levy. Green says the budget process is a balancing act. The district’s board of education will adopt a final proposal April 13 and it will be voted on May 16. Besides the budget, the district continues to work towards a project that will replace the track, playing field, and bleachers of Christy J. Valvo Stadium. They are waiting for FEMA approval of their plans, and then state approval before work begins. The full interview from today is available below.