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 The 5th graders at Unatego Elementary School collected items for students, families, faculty and staff at the Houston Independent School District. The community service project was a great way of using their knowledge of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the text they are using in their ELA classes at this time to improve their close reading and fluency skills. Article One states that we should treat everyone “in a spirit of brotherhood” and our 5th graders certainly did this by demonstrating such a great deal of compassion and love for the students and adults in the Houston Area.

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Posted Thursday, October 5, 2017

Otego Elementary School Re purposing Committee

Date: June 26 2017

Place: Unatego High School

Committee Members: Chad Angellotti, Ellen Brown,GX Cramatte, Buzz Hesse, Carrie Hewlett, Cindy O'Hara, Ken Olsen, Judy Pital, Ron Pleban, Florian Reyda, Dr. David Richards, James Salisbury and Dave Welch

Attendance:Ellen Brown, GX Cramatte,Cindy O'Hara, Ken Olsen, Ron Pleban,

Superintendent: Dr. David Richards, James Salisbury, Dave Welch.

Consultant: Dick Downey

Observer: Sarah Harvey subsequently joined committee. Sarah is a member of IDA which is part of OTSEGO NOW.

The Committee received a request from Buzz Hesse to organize. From that request Ellen Brown nominated Ken Olsen to chair the committee and Ken accepted. Ellen was asked to record minutes and distribute with Ron Pleban.The 3rd suggestion from Buzz to be a independent and autonomous entity is not possible per Superintendent. Dr. David Richards stated " because the Board of Education has a fiduciary responsibility for the OTEGO building and cannot, by law, abrogate that responsibility."

Consultant/BOE: Dick Downey presented several examples of re purposed schools in N.Y.S/ P.A. that he had visited. Some were privately owned and some owned by Two plus Four management companies and others. Their funding comes from State Grants,Tax Credits and 501C.Most monies from these projects are tax exempt but committee needs to research more.

Some projects have been senior housing and others were multi-purposed. A very key point made was that we need to be cautious in selling. The study was very well done and can be viewed at the Unatego High School District Office.

Concerns for the committee to ponder and research were discussed. What does the community of Otego need to prosper and maintain their property values? What will our infrastructure be adaptable to? What funding is available to the community? What is our comprehensive plan for the Village and Town of Otego? What absolutely would not be beneficial to Otego Community?

Dr. David Richards will consult with the school attorney concerning leasing the property and what is entailed in transferring property to the town and village.A point was made that the community at large and the school system use the fields and playground.

A decision was made to invite the Village Mayor (Ernie Kroll), The Town of Otego Supervisor (Joseph Hurlburt) and Otego's County Representative (Kathy Clark) to our next meeting July 24th 2017 at the High School starting at 6 p.m. Chairmen: Ken Olsen will contact them.

Suggestions to contact a Real Estate person in the future for guidance. William Shue would be willing to come down and speak about his planning services for re purposing a school building.

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Posted Monday, July 17, 2017

Due to impending weather concerns, the Unatego Class of 2017 Graduation ceremonies will be held in the High School Gym. Ceremonies start promptly at 7:00 PM. Doors will be open beginning at 6:00 PM. Tickets will be required for entry--students will have tickets available for their family and friends.

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Posted Friday, June 23, 2017

June 2017

To Unatego Parents

Please be aware that there are two programs for students operating this summer for children who reside in the Unatego School District and have completed or will be entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. The Unadilla Summer Recreation Program is only open to residents of the Town of Unadilla, while the Otego Summer Care Program is open to any children who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade and reside in the Unatego Central School District.

Unadilla Summer Recreation Program:

Is sponsored by the Town of Unadilla and runs for five weeks, from July 10, 2017 through August 11, 2017. This program is only open to residents of the Town of Unadilla, and is located at the Unadilla Elementary School and the Village of Franklin Swimming Pool.   The hours of operation are 8:30 to 3:30 each day. The only cost is $20.00 for insurance for the use of the pool. 

Unatego Summer Care Program located at the Otego Elementary School:

This program is run through the school district and lasts for six weeks, from July 10, 2017 through August 18, 2017 and is located at the Otego Elementary School. It is open to any resident of the Unatego School District and the hours of operation are from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM daily. As this is a self-supporting program, there is a daily fee of $20.00 per child, or less if you have more than one child participating. 

Breakfast and Lunch:

Will be provided daily at each location at no cost through the Unatego Summer Feeding Program. All children enrolled in the two programs will be served both meals daily. Additionally, any child eighteen or under (special needs children up to age 21) may participate in the Summer Feeding Program, and they do not have to be District residents to participate.  

For more information:

Application forms for both programs are available at either building or you may call Otego Elementary at 607-988-6700 or Unadilla Elementary at 607-369-6200.

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Posted Monday, June 12, 2017

Thank you everyone who came out to vote, we appreciate your support.


577 - Total Votes

434 - Yes

136 - No

7 - Blank

Board of Education election results:

David Clapper - 390

Cindy O'Hara - 357

Byron McMichael - 313

Kathy Stockert - 229

Florian Reyda - 181

Thomas Celluci - 175

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Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tonight--Unatego Public Hearing on the 2017-2018 Budget and Meet the Candidates Night, 7:00 PM at the High School Auditorium. The Budget Newsletter has 6:30 PM which is not correct. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Posted Monday, May 8, 2017

Budget information available at

Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election: May 16 at the Junior-Senior High School noon until 9:00 PM

Budget presentations: Tuesday, May 2 at Unadilla Elementary Cafeteria—7:00 PM

                                    Thursday, May 4 at Otego Elementary Auditorium—7:00 PM

Annual Public Budget Hearing: Monday, May 8 at Junior-Senior High School Auditorium—7:00 PM

Meet the Candidates: At the Budget Hearing May 8

At the Unadilla Rotary Club Wednesday, May 10 at 8:00 PM (Community House, 246 Main Street)

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Posted Tuesday, May 2, 2017

                                                             LEGAL NOTICE

The Otego-Unadilla Central School District invites the submission of Proposals to provide the following service INDEPENDENT AUDIT SERVICES.

Sealed Proposals will be received until 3:00 P.M. on March 13, 2017 at the Otego-Unadilla Central School District Business Office at 2641 State Hwy 7, Otego, N.Y. 13849 at which time and place all RFPs will be publicly opened. Notification of Award will be made on or after March 17, 2017. All proposals should be submitted to Patti Loker, School Business Manager.

The proposals and documents may be examined at the Business Office, or a copy can be requested by phone at 607-988-5038 or by email (

The Otego-Unadilla Central School District Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all bids in whole or in part and re-advertise.

Joan M. French

District Clerk

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Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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