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April 24, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 23, 2014

50 years ago

April 23, 1964

Oneonta’s Board of Education, through no fault of its own, regretfully concluded Wednesday night that the construction program for two new elementary schools will have to be delayed.

Initially the Board of Education had hoped to start construction of the schools next month. The district voters, in a referendum December 10, overwhelmingly approved a $2 million bond issue to finance construction of the schools.

At that time board members indicated hopefully the new schools would be ready for occupation by September 1965.

Last night Board President Ani P. Colone reviewed the progress on the new Senior High school and pointed out that the board has been “assured” that it will be ready for occupancy in September 1964.

Concerning the proposed elementary schools in Riverside and Greater Plains areas, Mr. Colone said, “This (fall) is a bad time of year to begin work…it is hard to protect open masonry from damage during a winter. It would seem to me that the target date will be September 1966 rather than 1965.”

“There is no one at fault,” Mr. Colone said, as he reviewed a state mandated cost study; a study by the Capital Budget and Planning Commission, and land acquisition problems as various items that have delayed the start of construction.

“Parents of children at River Street, Mitchell Street, and Plains Schools must be patient a little longer.”




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