Schools

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.

OA’s Reynolds wins state award

An Owego-Apalachin School District employee has won a state award. Athletics Department Secretary Francine Reynolds has received the 2017 Secretarial Award for Excellence for the Section 4 region from the New York State Athletic Administration Association. Francine – or “Franchise” as she is known by many – will receive her award next week. She was nominated by Athletic Director Andy Buchsbaum, and seconded by every one of the coaches at OFA. The Owego graduate has worked as a secretary for the district since 1996 and in the athletics department since 2014.

OACSD accepting UPK applications

The Owego-Apalachin School District is now accepting applications for their Universal Pre-K program for next school year. UPK is aimed at helping 4-year-old children prepare to enter kindergarten. It is open to any child who lives in the district and turns 4 on or before December 1, 2017. Most students will attend UPK at the same building where they will attend kindergarten the following year. Applications are now available on the school district’s website, www.oacsd.org. A lottery will be held in April to choose the students for next year’s UPK program.

Gural donates $295K to Tioga Central

The owner of Tioga Downs and his wife have donated another large amount of money to the Tioga Central School District. Jeff Gural and his wife, Paula, gave a check worth $294,479 to the school board last night, to help the district keep and expand extracurricular programs for students. This is the third donation in as many years made by the Gural family to the school district. In 2015, they donated funds that helped Tioga Central avoid cutting sports and other extracurriculars when the district was facing a budget crisis. They did it again last year. Superintendent Scot Taylor says the funding is not only a gift, but helps them as they continue to deal with a lack of state aid. Tioga Central is in the midst of creating their budget for next school year. A public hearing is scheduled for next week at the high school.

OACSD bus sustains dent, scratches in Apalachin

No one was injured, but an Owego-Apalachin School District bus was left with some minor damage after an accident in Apalachin yesterday. Around 7am, the district says a bus was stopped to pick up a student in the area of 108 Main Street when it was struck by a ladder that was attached to the top of a pickup truck that was backing up at the same time. The side of the bus was left with a dent and some scratches, but the students inside the bus were not harmed. The Apalachin Fire Department and law enforcement were called to the scene. The driver of the truck has not been identified.

OACSD bus in accident Tuesday, but no one injured

An Owego-Apalachin School District bus collided with a car on Main Street in Apalachin this morning, but no one was injured. According to scanner reports, the incident happened just after 7am in the area of 108 Main Street. Apalachin Fire and Squad responded, but reported no injuries. One of our listeners says it was Bus 270, and there were students on the bus. Police are investigating and there is no word on the severity of the damage.

Zion Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week

This week is National Lutheran Schools Week, and the Zion Lutheran School in Owego celebrated with a week of special activities and learning. Monday they had a visit from the Discovery Center and their Star Lab, Tuesday was supposed to be a visit from the Ross Park Zoo (had to be rescheduled due to the snow day), Wednesday was Grandparents Day, Thursday was pajama and movie today, and Friday is a visit to the Tioga County Rural Ministry for a service project. Pre-K Teacher Jen Schendel was a guest on Friday’s WEBO Morning Show. You can hear the full interview below. Check out more information about Zion Lutheran on their website or Facebook page.

Tioga CSD asking residents to vote on capital project

The Tioga Central School District will ask residents to vote on a $7.55 million capital project next month. Most of the project consists of infrastructure improvements, including the relocation of district offices to the high school, renovating the high school entrance to make it handicapped-accessible, four new boilers, and replacing asphalt. Superintendent Scot Taylor says 92 percent of the cost will be covered by state aid. An additional $750,000 will be used to turn the district office building into pre-kindergarten classrooms, but that is covered by a state grant. A public hearing will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, Feb. 8 before the vote on Feb. 21. If approved, Taylor expects the work to be complete by the start of school in 2018. More information about the capital project is available on the TCSD website.