2014 Board of Education Candidates
Eight candidates are running for four open seats on the Board of Education. A random drawing of names determined the order in which the candidates' names will appear on the ballot. They are Wayne Coe, Edward Knight, James Marks, Steve Gilger, Chris Kelly, Gail Behrens Day, Teri Conte, Ted Miner. The election takes place as part of the annual budget vote May 20, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the MED gym.
Three of the seats are for three-year terms that run July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. The candidate who receives the fourth most votes will fill the remainder of an unexpired term caused by the resignation of David O’Connor. That term will run from May 21, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
A “Meet The Candidates” forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium. David Colby, president of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, will be the moderator for the event.
Joseph Intrieri, Destiny Hull Nominated for Youth Leadership Award
Eighth graders Joseph Intrieri and Destiny Hull are Chatham Middle School’s nominees for the Louis A. Pierro Youth Leadership Award. Both students have demonstrated a strong desire to make their world a better place through their volunteer and leadership efforts. As nominees, Joseph and Destiny, along with their families, were invited to the Columbia County Leadership Award Dinner in Hudson on May 1. There they will join other nominees from area schools to be recognized for the many ways they have provided positive leadership amongst their peers and within their communities. The Columbia County Youth Advisory Board & Bureau will announce the winners of the award that evening.
SRO Survey Results
The Board of Education is considering whether or not to bring a School Resource Officer (SRO) into Chatham Central Schools. This proposal is not in response to any current issues within our schools, but is the result of an initiative taken by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to provide public schools in the county with increased access to law enforcement resources. Prior to the Board making a decision, the District conducted a public survey on the SRO issue. The survey ran April 2-11.
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Classes dismissed early April 11 to accommodate Chatham High School's annual Senior Exhibitions Day. Each senior gave a 15-20 minute, in-depth presentation on a topic of his or her choosing, evaluated by a panel of educational staff representing each school building. The exhibitions equal one-third of the Senior Program, an individual student portfolio of written, presented, and displayed skills designed to give each senior a sense of progression into adulthood and ownership of their education. The Senior Program is a graduation requirement of CHS.
Board of Ed Adopts 2014-15 Budget
At its April 8th meeting, the Board of Education adopted the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget totals $29,468,429, a 1% increase over this year’s budget, and carries a tax levy increase of .66%, which is within the District’s tax cap set by the state. The annual budget vote will take place May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the MED gymnasium. Learn more...
Prescription Drug Awareness Week
The Chatham Central School District participated in Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties' Prescription Drug Awareness Week April 7-11, 2014. In conjunction with this event, we would like to provide our parents and caregivers with information on how you can help prevent prescription drug abuse. Learn more...
The second grade enjoyed a day at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady. Among the museums many hands-on learning activities, the classes peered inside the human body at a special MRI exhibit, met six-legged friends in the butterfly house, and took in a 45-minute planetarium show about the night sky. The April 2nd field trip was part of the second grade's study of space, cycles in nature, and the human body.
Chatham CSD Earns 2014 Safety Excellence Award
Chatham has earned Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” during its 34th annual school safety seminar held March 24th in Saratoga Springs. As part of this recognition, our school district received a certificate commemorating our efforts to keep our students, staff, and visitors safe, along with a $500 award for use in furthering those safety efforts. Learn more...
Chatham Teams Take 2nd & 6th Place in Regional Robotics Competition
Two student teams from Chatham High School were among the 14 teams who participated in a robotics competition sponsored by General Dynamics on March 27th in Pittsfield, MA. Each team had to create a robot, for $50 or less, that could complete a variety of complex tasks. Congratulations to our senior team, who finished the competition 2nd overall; and our underclassmen team, who finished in 6th place. The teams were advised by CHS technology teacher Shawn Caldwell. Learn more...
Chatham and Taconic Hills Compete in NYS Real-World Marketing Competition
When the CHS varsity softball team takes on Taconic Hills on April 30, the action on the field won’t be the only competition going on between the two archrivals. Business students from both schools will be competing against each other in the pilot version of the NYS High School Real-World Marketing Challenge. Their task is to draw the most fans to their school’s home game between the two teams. The school with the largest crowd wins. Read more...
CMS Science/Technology Fair
CMS held its 19th annual Science/Technology Fair on March 19th. Hundreds of parents, family members, and others packed the school gym that evening to check out the students’ exhibits and have these young scientists and engineers demonstrate their experiments. Over 110 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, working either individually or in pairs, submitted seventy-two projects this year. They had to provide either a solution to a technological problem or gather data to test a hypothesis. Learn more & see winners...
Buckling Up Has Its Rewards!
On March 17, CHS SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) braved the chilly temperatures to make sure their fellow classmates were using safe driving habits. They checked each student driver who pulled into the school parking lot to make sure that he/she and their passengers were buckled up. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, shamrock shaped certificates good for a free snack in the school cafeteria were given out to those who were buckled. We are proud to announce that, once again, 100% of our student drivers and passengers were wearing their seatbelts! SADD students perform these unannounced checks randomly throughout the school year to promote a safe and healthy lifestyle.
BOE Drafts Letter to State Ed. Concerning Regents Reform Agenda
On March 13, the Chatham Board of Education sent a letter to New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King concerning the State's implementation of the Regents Reform Agenda, which includes such measures as the Common Core Standards, in-Bloom, and State assessments. Read letter to Commissioner King from Board President Melony Spock...