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December 11, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec. 11, 2013

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50 years ago

Dec. 11, 1963

Voters in the Oneonta City School District confounded even the most optimistic of experts Tuesday when 82 percent of them approved a $2 million bond issue to build two new elementary schools.

A total of 2,033 residents approved the schools, while only 445 voters rejected the measure proposed by the Board of Education. The proposal calls for schools in the Sixth Ward and Greater Plains.

The vote exceeded by 22 percent the required 60 percent needed.

It was the most lopsided vote since the school board began its crusade for new schools back in 1953.

By comparison, 2,616 district voters turned out in May of 1962 to vote for the new Senior High School versus 946 against, for a percentage of 73.44.

Even such optimistic proponents of the new schools as former mayor and school board member Roger Hughes, expressed surprise at the “landslide” victory.

Board President Colone made the official statement of the Board of Education.

He said, “Speaking for the Board of Education, we, in humble spirit and deep gratitude, express our sincere thanks to the wonderful people of this progressive community.

“We are mindful of the financial sacrifice they have agreed to undertake.

“We are confident that the many children to be housed and educated in the two new schools will, in their own genuine and sincere fashion, express a million thanks to the citizens for the gift of new schools.

“The Board wishes to thank the Citizens’ Committee, The Star, Radio Station WDOS, and all who contributed to this momentous decision.”




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