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Coach Honored By Community

Longtime Richfield Springs coach Len Calkins received a great tribute from the community at the Celebration of Life after his passing.

At the Richfield Springs Central School Board of Education meeting Jan. 19, Superintendent Tom Piatti and Board members thanked the community for the show of support. Calkins, 79, of Richfield Springs, coached football at the school for 35 years. He died Jan. 6.

RS staff members helped coordinate the celebration for Calkins, who was also a bus aide for the District.

Also at the meeting, Athletic Coordinator Terry Havens and Technology Coordinator Jim LaVere presented their respective proposed budgets for the 2022-23 school year.

Alexis Hungerford, LMSW, and Safe Schools Mohawk Valley Resiliency Coordinator Lisa Lauritsen gave informative presentations on student provided services such as social emotional learning, peer mediation, and family outreach services.

Piatti spoke about the proposed library budget for the 2022-23 school year. He said there is a plan to excise the 2017 district laptops.

Elementary Principal Dr. Rene Wilson thanked Nancy Potter and Laura Nelson for their work in the Special Education department.

In his report, High School Principal Matt St. Peter welcomed Secondary Art Teacher Dan Marrone and Teaching Assistant Jessica Dunckel. He said Earth Science teacher Micheal Magliocca has started an afterschool game club and Social Studies teacher, Celia Rathbun, plans to offer an art therapy group.

District Treasurer Jodie Rodriquez said Herkimer BOCES has discontinued their purchase order service and the district plans to utilize the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES. Board members approved that motion later in the meeting.

Piatti stated the district is waiting for guidance for the June Regents.

Board members approved combining the RSCS Ski Club with Owen D. Young Central School for 2021-22.

The resignation of Lauren Stanton, Library Media Specialist, as of Feb. 10 was accepted.


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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