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Dear parent or guardian,

Yesterday, we were informed that one of our high school students has been diagnosed with a confirmed MRSA infection. We were also informed that a second high school student has an infection which is suspected of being MRSA and is being treated as such, but has not been confirmed. In both cases, their personal care physician has cleared them to be in school and to participate in interscholastic athletics, providing they follow their physician’s instructions.

We have been in contact with the Otsego County Department of Public Health and our School Medical Officer (Bassett Healthcare) and taken all the steps they advise, including disinfecting and sanitizing our locker room, floors, and shower area. As the gym lockers are being emptied of personal belongings today, the entire locker room area, including lockers, will be cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized again tomorrow morning.

Based on the information provided to the school, we are taking all precautions necessary to prevent any further infections. We are sending this notice, which is not required by any law or policy, to inform you of the facts and that we are taking the steps recommended by medical professionals.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. David S. Richards

Superintendent of Schools

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Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018
 

Special District Meeting – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.  

The vote will take place at the Middle/Senior High School in front of the District Office.

 

It will authorize the Board of Education to lease and expend costs incidental thereto and the financing thereof, an amount not to exceed the estimated

maximum cost of eighty thousand ($80,000),  for a term not to exceed five (5) years.  The motor vehicles will be two (2) large passenger school buses and two (2) small passenger school bus.

 

 
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Posted Friday, January 5, 2018

This survey is being conducted by the Otego School Re-purposing Committee. Their mission is to research and collect data, obtain information and community input, seek out proven and existing examples of, and find viable options for, the Re-Purposing of the Otego Elementary School. Such information will be forwarded to the Unatego Board of Education to help facilitate a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit prospective buyers.

YOUR INPUT IS IMPORTANT! Please take a moment to complete the survey and share your thoughts about the future of the building. However, please note that the outcome will depend on many factors including interest in the building. The Board of Education will consider the committee's recommendations when reviewing any proposals received to make a final determination about the future of the building. If you have any questions, please contact the Committee Chair at kolsen@stny.rr.com

Here is the link to the survey:

http://tiny.cc/otegobuildingsurvey

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Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017
 

The Bridges to Great Beginnings class for the 2-4 year olds will meet tomorrow, Tuesday 11/21.   We will meet from 9:00-10:30am at the Unatego Elementary school.  Please remember to bring your book bag and folder with you.  See you tomorrow! 

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Posted Monday, November 20, 2017
November 14, 2017

 

Over the past several days, a few high school students at the Unatego Junior-Senior High School have been targeted with threats over social media. The school became aware of the threats against these students, and worked with the New York State Police to identify those making them. As a result of this joint investigation, two students have been suspended from school for violating the Student Code of Conduct and two persons have been arrested by the NYSP in Oneonta. Although the investigation is continuing, we wanted to take this opportunity to dispel some concerns expressed by parents, faculty, and students over the past few days.

 

First, there never were any threats other than against a few individual high school students. No one at the Elementary school was targeted. Second, there were no threats against “the school.”

Finally, although there are many rumors circulating among students and in the larger school community, most are not true. For example, there was a rumor that there was going to be a school shooting on Tuesday. This rumor was thoroughly investigated and proven to be unfounded. 

 

We believe our schools are safe places and we will continue to cooperate with the State Police. If anyone has credible information about a threat to the schools, individual students, or to members of the community, they should contact the school or their local law enforcement agencies.

 

Dr. David S. Richards

Superintendent of Schools

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Posted Sunday, November 12, 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
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