Voorheesville Central School District

VOORHEESVILLE — The school district here is offering its students what it calls a new pathway to graduation: career and technical education, known as CTE.

A long-time board member, C. James Coffin, and a newcomer, Robert Samson, are guaranteed seats on the Voorheesville School Board as no one else is in the running.

When the state budget was finalized, a week after deadline, the Voorheesville schools came out $55,000 ahead of what the governor had proposed in aid, allowing the addition of two part-time teachers.

Voorheesville teacher Tim Mattison says, in the months his second-graders spend watching trout grow, they learn to appreciate wildlife and commitment to a project

Based on aid in the governor’s budget proposal, Voorheesville plans to add two new teaching positions. The school board delayed finalizing its $24 million budget, though, as it waits for an overdue state budget.

The Voorheesville Dionysians are producing a “Mary Poppins” musical that is, as director Robert Whiteman put it “entertaining on the surface” but rife with complex relationships to explore beneath.

Francis Reilly believes his years as a teacher and his years mentoring teachers will help him to be a compassionate business administrator for the Voorheesville schools.

A Voorheesville mother raised concerns that  90 percent of Voorheesville sixth-graders have averages of 85 or higher and yet, on standardized tests, only 20 to 30 percent score in the top.

The director of transportation and facilities for the Voorheesville district told the school board about safety and health problems with the bus garage and outlined a proposal to build a new one.

In spite of its tax cap and a sparse increase in state aid, the Voorheesville School District will likely not see cuts in its upcoming budget. A meeting on Jan. 30 will discuss the preliminary budget, which includes increases to staff expenses and a high-priced capital project.

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