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August 22, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 22, 2013

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25 years ago

Aug. 22, 1988

The possibility of moving sixth graders to create a “middle school” with seventh and eighth graders will be part of an assessment of how Oneonta schools can accommodate a growing number of elementary school students, according to a school administrator.

Superintendent Hans Dellith said Basil Hick, a retired state Education Department official hired to conduct the $50,000 study, is slated to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Oneonta, like many schools across the state, faces declining high school enrollment and increasing elementary school pupil counts, said Dellith.

In Oneonta, elementary school enrollment has been growing and is projected to increase 14.6 percent over the next five years.

At the high school level, 660 students in ninth through 12th grades are expected to enroll this fall, down 21 students or about three percent, from a year ago, said William Pirone, Oneonta High School principal.

Under a middle school plan, Dellith said, sixth graders would be grouped with seventh and eighth graders.

“A middle school makes a lot of sense,” said Dellith. Sixth graders are probably outgrowing elementary school, he said.

Dellith said the decision on a middle school locally isn’t a matter to be rushed into.


50 years ago

Aug. 22, 1963

SIDNEY — The Hospital, Sidney, which opened Aug. 17, 1943, observed its 20th birthday on Saturday, having served more than 50,000 patients.

Announcement of the anniversary was made by Miss Maude F. Martin, superintendent, who pointed out that since the doors of The Hospital opened 20 years ago, 44,042 patients have been admitted and 8,197 babies have been born there, with 204 births recorded during the first year of operation as compared to 538 births during the past year.

Originally equipped to care for 29 patients, The Hospital has been expanded twice, so that now 82 patient beds are available, and the number of employees to carry on the work of the hospital in all its departments has increased from the initial 15 to 111 at the present.

X-ray examinations have increased from 933 in 1946 to 3,465 during 1962, and laboratory examinations for the same period have increased from 2,000 to 25,238. Likewise, during the first year less than 100 operations were performed, whereas last year there were 1,074 operations.

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