The Express Newspaper – April 14, 2016

Assemblywoman Woerner on State Budget

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced that the state’s final budget will lower taxes for middle-class families, encourage economic development, provide a record increase in aid to our public schools and fully eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) this year, as well as support agriculture and environmental conservation.

Read the entire article in the 04/07 Express.

Beyond the One Room Schoolhouse – By C. Kelley

New York State enacted the Union Free School law in 1853. Under this law, common schools could organize to create secondary schools for their students. Before that time, just a few students would have the opportunity to go beyond an elementary school education, in private schools located around the area. The 1840 U.S. Census had a column for “scholars”, presumably students in college.

Read the entire article in the Nov. 27th issue of the Express.

History of Schools in Schaghticoke – by C. Kelley

Last week I talked a bit about the lack of information about 18th century schools in Schaghticoke. Though New York State began funding schools in 1795, the Common School Law, passed in 1812, organized the schools and funding more comprehensively.

Private schools existed in the 19th century as well. One local non-public school option for girls was the Troy Female Seminary, founded in Waterford by Emma Hart Willard in 1819 and later moved to Troy.

Read the entire article in the Oct. 30th issue of the Express.

History of Schools in Schaghticoke – by C. Kelly

Over the years I have written about settlement of the town of Schaghticoke, Native Americans, early European immigrants, churches, and industry. It’s time to talk about schools.

New York State has provided monetary support for schools since it enacted its first public education law in 1795. Early records of the town of Schaghticoke note the appointment of school commissioners in 1796.

Read the entire article in the Oct. 23 issue of the Express.

Pomerville: Waterford-Halfmoon New Superintendent of Schools

WATERFORD April 11, 2014 – The Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District Board of Education has announced its intent to appoint Patrick Pomerville as Superintendent of Schools at a Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014. Pomerville is currently serving as Elementary Principal in the Queensbury Union Free School District.
The Board offered Pomerville a three-year agreement, with an initial salary of $140,000. Also, he will contribute 30% of the cost for his health insurance coverage. Mr. Pomerville is expected to begin his duties on July 25, 2014.

Read the entire article in the April 17th issue of the Express.

The Express Newspaper – April 17, 2014

Waterford School Takes on Bullying – by Michael Bielawski

Waterford – This past Jan 10 Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free Jr/Sr High School held the second of three assemblies on bullying.  The speaker was Officer Jeremy Connors of the Waterford Police Department.  “The main objective was to open the eyes of the students as to what goes on in the school and other forms of social media” he said.

Connors stressed that with today’s new media technologies such as smart phones and tablets, bullying has taken on new forms.  “I think bullying is not just in the halls of the school anymore, it’s starting to resonate throughout the community via social media and individuals personal lives.  With the fact that everyone has smart phones and Internet access, it’s almost instantaneous that the information gets put out onto the Internet or made public and it can ruin a person’s name or image in an instant.”

Entire Article on page 16 of the January 23 issue of the Express.