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January 23, 2014

School district aims to fill board vacancy

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Oneonta City School Board of Education, following the resignation, effective Jan. 6, of Grace Larkin.

The process to fill the position through June 30 was approved at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting held at Oneonta Middle School. The board expects to make an appointment at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Anyone interested in being considered for the opening should send a letter to District Clerk Eileen Lishansky, 31 Center Street, 13820, no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 10.

Oneonta Superintendent Joseph Yelich said an election for the remainder of Larkin’s term, which runs through June 30, 2016, will be on the ballot in May.

Larkin, who was contacted by phone on Wednesday, said she has been a member of the board since 2001, and “it was time,” to take the action. “Fresh ideas are needed to keep things moving,” she said.

Her time on the board included service as its president. She started with the district as a student teacher in 1966, and became a high school English teacher in Sept. 1967. When she retired in 2000, she said, she wanted to be on the board of education to continue to support the district. With her background, she said she still had something to offer.

“I’m glad I spent the time,” she said.

Board President Jamie Reynolds said her resignation, that was accepted at a meeting earlier this month, was “a tremendous loss for the district but we understand the timing was right for her. We appreciate her service and wish her well.” 

In other business, the board heard a presentation from middle school Principal Kevin Johnson, who said that the transition of sixth graders from the elementary to middle school this school year was going smoothly.

Overall, he said, his teachers were doing an “outstanding job” despite a “tough year” in education. He also discussed restorative justice, an alternative method the district is using to dealing with student misbehavior and violations of the student code of conduct.