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Mark Simonson

January 20, 2014

Debates, updates dominated local education news in 1969


“Binder, president of Hartwick since 1959, will leave Oneonta next month to become Associate Commissioner of Higher Education.”

“During his tenure at Hartwick, Dr. Binder has been the key to projects that have raised over $10 million for the college’s academic programs and has been at the helm during the construction of eleven new buildings that cost $9,161,704.”

Meanwhile at SUNY Oneonta it was reported on Jan. 11, “Milon J. Bundy, Director of Admissions ... is retiring after 26 years on the college faculty which includes 12½ years in his present position. His last day of duty at the college will be Wednesday, January 15.”


“Approximately 150 area persons braved inclement weather Saturday,” it was reported on Monday, Jan. 20, “to join with state officials and district educators in dedication ceremonies at the recently-completed Northern Catskills Occupational Center at Grand Gorge.”

Construction of the L-shaped building had begun in May 1968 and completed in time for classes beginning by September 1969, at a cost of nearly $1 million.

“Master of Ceremonies for the occasion was Dr. Bernard Hughes, Gilboa, vice president of the Board of Co-operative Educational Services of the Second Supervisory District. Dr. Hughes introduced and recognized from the platform a wide cross-section of guests having past and present connections with the origin and completion of the new facility.”

Elwood Hitchcock, a BOCES executive officer, noted at present there were 138 students registered in nine different courses from nine different schools in the Supervisory District. The local pupil capacity for each half-day session was 260 at the time.

“Considerable warmth and humor were injected into the event by the remarks of Dr. Michael Jastremski of Cooperstown, who brought greetings from the Otsego County area, and expressed the hope that the residents of the Supervisory District would support the construction of a similar vocational education center proposed for the Milford area.”

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