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Cary Brunswick

August 6, 2013

School district's personnel moves make little sense

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What district residents should be concerned about is the extra money the district has to come up with — and what positions will be cut — to pay a new assistant high school principal, which is the vacancy created by all the shuffling after Rabeler’s transfer. And don’t forget how many teacher positions might have been saved with that bus-garage salary.

But Scott Rabeler is not the one at fault here. He just wants to keep working, and obviously prefers being a principal. The problem is with the strong public labor unions that make it so difficult to lay off, terminate or otherwise get rid of employees, for whatever reason, once they are tenured.

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I had not heard that the city of Oneonta started charging money for parking in the lower level of the municipal parking garage. So I was surprised recently when I drove in and saw no cars there. Ditto, the next time I went by.

What’s going on, I asked myself. And then I noticed the payment machine.

According to Jeff House, of the city Office of Community Development, the action was taken to make it easier for people seeking long-term parking.

You have to wonder if it were really the students the city was looking to charge, since with them away for the summer, few other motorists are using it. The middle and upper levels of the garage, with free parking, are certainly more crowded now.

Let’s hope the lower level doesn’t remain a ghost town.

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It was great to see Bernie Williams in town Friday night for a performance at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center.

After Williams’ successful concert at Foothills, Janet Quackenbush of Foothills accompanied the former Oneonta and New York Yankee, an accomplished guitarist, and his band to the nearby B-Side Ballroom.

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