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The Telegram
  • Central Valley superintendent proposes creating a STEM lab

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  • With nanotechnology development as a possibility for the region’s future, Central Valley Central School District Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said he wants to see students prepared for the potential local opportunities.
    Tangorra said during a telephone interview earlier last week that he presented the idea for a capital project that would install a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lab within the school district during a Central Valley Central School Board of Education meeting.
    “With the news that’s happening with the microchip processing plant, how are we going to react to that and how are we going to make sure students who graduate from Central Valley Academy be right there at the job level or to be employed there after going to college and to have the skills to be employed in the area and stay here and stimulate our local economy,” said Tangorra.
    Earlier this month, a partnership was announced with SUNY’S College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Mohawk Valley EDGE and SUNYIT to develop a manufacturing hub to serve the world’s leading high-tech companies.
    There are also plans for a $125 million Computer Chip Commercialization Center in Marcy, to be completed in 2014.
    “This is in the very, very first stages of planning,” said Tangorra.
    He said he hopes to involve Herkimer BOCES, area colleges and universities and local businesses and industries in the idea.
    In other news:
    Tangorra said he mentioned in his superintendent’s report a group is petitioning to have the speed limit reduced on Columbia Parkway. The petition has been presented to the village board, and was referred to the village traffic commission who would have to review it for local law, according to Ilion Village Clerk Linda Coffin.
    Tangorra said the following personnel appointments were made during last week’s meeting: Joseph Patrei as a physical education teacher, effective Sept. 1 for three-year probation; Thomas Marriott as a part-time driver education teacher, effective Sept. 1; and Stephanie Nackley as an LTS English teacher from Sept. 3 to Oct. 8, which is tentative. The board also appointed David Smith, as a substitute sub building cleaner.
    Lisa Hoffman, director of student services, was appointed as the state Department of Health’s Random Moment in Time study coordinator for the school district.
    According to a PowerPoint forwarded by Hoffman about the program, it states “the time study is required to determine the amount of time and cost spent on various activities. It is then determined the amount that can be charged to various funding services.
    It also states, “RMTS is not a management tool to evaluate staff activities or performance, but is only used for cost allocation purposes.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Tangorra said the school board adopted several policies following a second reading during the meeting, which included Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination; Code of Conduct; Meal Charging Policy; School Food Service Program; Extra Classroom Activity Funds; Extracurricular Activities and Student Assignments and Assessment.

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