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Weekend in review

Mar 25, 2013 5:30 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Mar. 22 to 25:

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Dr. John King
NYS Education Commissioner

Katie Kocijanski reports in the Register Star New York State Department of Education Commissioner Dr. John King visited Chatham Central School District Fri., Mar. 22. King and Gladys Cruz, Questar III BOCES deputy superintendent, toured district buildings with Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo. The commissioner was in Chatham to see how the district has implemented the Regents Reform Agenda. This includes the Common Core Curriculum, data-driven instruction and the new teacher evaluations system. King said he believes Chatham has a coherent instructional vision with a common set of goals, and a real commitment to professional development. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Claude Haton reported in The Daily Mail Cairo Police Chief Christopher Sprague was suspended indefinitely without pay by the Cairo Town Board, Fri., Mar. 22. The board took the action one day after Sprague was arraigned on charges of tampering with evidence and falsely reporting an incident. The board also voted unanimously to appoint Sgt. Richard Busch as Provisional Sergeant and Officer in charge effective immediately. Sprague was not present at the meeting. Town Supervisor Ted Banta said the severity of the charges left the board no choice but to remove Sprague pending the outcome of the case. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Jimmy Vielkind reported at Capitol Confidential state senators marked Palm Sunday with a rare afternoon session to consider parts of the state’s $135.1 billion budget. But several large parts of the spending plan, due by April 1, remained unfinished. As of late Sunday, bills that dictate aid to school districts and localities, funding for care of the developmentally disabled, as well as the state’s tax policy had not yet been finalized. People familiar with the negotiations said the district-by-district breakdown of education aid was largely settled. Lawmakers quietly feuded over how big a role legislators would play in controlling the flow of economic development dollars, in addition to efforts to plug a $120 million cut to care for the developmentally disabled. Read the full post at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.

Patricia Doxsey reported in the Daily Freeman a recent health study put Dutchess County in the top ten healthiest counties in the state, while Greene and Columbia counties ranked in the lower 50 percent. Greene County ranked 55th in overall health of the county, down from its 2012 ranking of 52nd. Columbia County ranked 45th among 62 counties in New York. The study measured 36 items in six categories, including health factors, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. The 2013 report reflected data gathered between 2008 and 2010. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.