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Reporter's Notebook

July 13, 2013

New Walton superintendent had 'good memories' of area

Newly appointed Walton Superintendent Roger B. Clough II was a finalist for the same spot at the Oneonta City School District. He is familiar with the area because his father was the business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 2032. This included five different electric generating plants, including one in Schoharie County. As a child he stayed in the area while visiting. 

“We went there many times and I always had good memories,” Clough said.  

Clough was a laborer at a nuclear power plant as he was deciding on a career. It was while working as a support investigator for Oneida County in 1994 that he decided he wanted to commit to education. He would go into homes to check on children but felt as a teacher he could do more for them. 

While there have been wins and losses, “That was the right decision,” he said.

He has helped provide programs that have made a difference, including increasing the graduation rate. At Walton that rate is 87-percent. While that is good, it can always be improved. He is hoping that using some of the ideas that worked while he was superintendent at Massena Central School for five years, will help Walton students that need extra support to do better, he said.

 

An interview with John Astin, star of television’s “The Addams Family,” who will be appearing at SUNY Delhi for a one-man show on Saturday, found the actor and teacher was very generous with his time.

Astin spoke passionately about his teaching efforts at his alma mater, John Hopkins University. He started that 12 years ago. As an alumnus he felt it needed a theater program and is teaching a double schedule to achieve that goal.

Part of Saturday’s show evolved from his one-man Edgar Allan Poe show, which Astin said he had to give up because of his teaching activities. As much as he loved that show, he wanted to make sure the theater program worked, he said. 

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