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September 22, 2012

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Anyone thinking of raising poultry can get some good information at session being held  Oct. 4-6. The Pastured Poultry Workshop is hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and Watershed Agricultural Council’s programs. It draws on the expertise of a feed specialist, veterinarian and poultry farmer. Cost is $15 per day or $30 for all three sessions. Register Friday with Cooperative Extension educator Janet Aldrich at (607) 865-6531.

A number of local schools were among the 107 that have submitted teacher and principal Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) evaluation plans, state Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. recently said. This includes the following central schools: Delhi, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, Hancock, Milford, Morris, Unadilla Valley and Unatego.  

In addition, the state Education Department staff has provided feedback to nearly 200 school districts statewide. The plans were submitted as required under the revised teacher and principal evaluation law passed earlier this year.   

“This is all about improving teaching and learning, and the plans we’ve approved reflect that shared commitment,” King said. “The goal is to ensure every student graduates ready for college and career, and solid APPR plans will help educators help their students reach that goal.”

King noted that the APPR plans are part of the overall Board of Regents Reform Agenda.  The evaluation plans will help target professional development on areas that need the most improvement. Districts must have an approved APPR plan in place by Jan. 17 or they will lose their share of this fiscal year’s education aid increase.  More information can be found at 

MARK BOSHNACK can be reached at or 432-1000, ext. 218



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