C-R suspends longtime guidance coordinator

2/2/2016

Allison Atkins, Cobleskill-Richmondville's coordinator of guidance, has been suspended from her position. Because of a confidentiality agreement, school officials couldn't release details of Ms. Atkins' offense or what incident led to the suspension. Ms. Atkins was coordinator of guidance since 1998. She was tenured. School board members approved the suspension in a special meeting Monday morning, and the suspension began immediately. "The laws and regulations that govern the operation of our schools generally prohibit the disclosure of information pertaining to t ...

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SCCASA, Police ready for Angel training

2/2/2016

Cobleskill's version of the Gloucester Angels, a community-based effort to help heroin and opiate addicts come clean, is ready for the final piece: Signing up and training the volunteers who'll serve as mentors-Angels--both before and after recovery. Training for Cobleskill's Gloucester Angels, which is a joint project between the Cobleskill Police Department and Schoharie County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, will be held Wednesday, February 17, 6:30-9pm, and Saturday, February 20, 9-11:30am, at the SCCASA offices at 349 Mineral Springs Road (formerly Count ...

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C-R superintendent blasts Cuomo over state aid

2/2/2016

Cobleskill-Richmondville Superintendent Carl Mummenthey isn't exactly pleased with Governor Andrew Cuomo's school-aid proposal. In fact, Mr. Mummenthey is angry about the state's role in school financing--not only for the 2016-17 year, but for the future as well. The Governor released his '16-17 aid proposals late last month. C-R's shows the district getting a 2.1-percent overall aid increase. But it also shows C-R losing $360,000 in the Gap Elimination Adjustment. Starting in 2011-12, the GEA is money Albany withheld from school districts to close the state budge ...

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3 in race for Gibson's Congressional seat

2/2/2016

The race to replace Congressman Chris Gibson is gaining steam, with two candidates on the Republican side and a front-runner for the Democrats. Former assemblyman John Faso and businessman Andrew Heaney are vying for the GOP nod, while Zephyr Teachout, who ran against Governor Andrew Cuomo in a 2014 gubernatorial primary, is seeking the Democratic nomination. The 19th Congressional District includes all or parts of 11 counties, and seven Republican committees have endorsed Mr. Faso. The Schoharie County committee endorsed him several weeks ago, and over the weekend, ...

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Farm Bureau meetings will chart ag's future here

2/2/2016

If you think you're a farmer, you are. And if you're a farmer, you need to be at one of two upcoming meetings that will help chart the future of farming in Schoharie County. Information from the meetings-Thursday, February 11 at 1pm, and Tuesday, February 16, at 7pm, both at Cooperative Extension in Cobleskill-will be used to help update the 2000 Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. "People think if they have a few beefers, or if they're selling eggs out of a refrigerator in their garage, that they aren't 'real' farmers," said John Radliff, president of the S ...

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