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Onteora budget widely approved

Onteora budget widely approved

Onteora district voters came out on Tuesday, May 19 in very low numbers compared to past elections, to easily approve the 2015/16-school budget of $51,656,975. The total yes votes were 495, to 159 no votes, including 18 absentee ballots. All four voting precincts in the towns of Shandaken/Lexington, Olive/Marbletown, Woodstock and Hurley easily approved the...
WiFi or not WiFi

WiFi or not WiFi

Onteora Central School District High School Principal Lance Edelman and Middle School Principal Jennifer O’Connor presented the iPad initiative program for secondary students at its April 22 Board of Education meeting. The presentation comes at the heels of a handful of people showing up at Board meetings with concerns that the use of WiFi needed...
61 percent opt out of state tests at Onteora on first day

61 percent opt out of state tests at Onteora on first day

The English Language Arts (ELA) standardized tests connected to the Common Core curriculum began this week with high numbers of Onteora Central School District students, with 61 percent of third through eighth graders being opted out, or refusing to take the English Language Arts (ELA) tests, according to figures supplied by Assistant Superintendent for Business...
Testing pushback at Onteora

Testing pushback at Onteora

Changes to state tests due to the new Common Core standards have created protests among parents whose children in grades-three-through-eight are affected. What parents have described as a stressful over-testing environment, brought about by State Government only concerned with test scores and deals made with for-profit test companies, Onteora District Board of Education offered a...
Onteora board will not re-up Superintendent's contract

Onteora board will not re-up Superintendent’s contract

According to Onteora Central District School Board President Tony Fletcher, the contract of Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill will not be renewed and “the Board will at a future meeting discuss the process of a new Superintendent search.” At its January 28 meeting at Woodstock Primary school, (held a day late due to inclement weather), the...