March 16, 2019

Get out of Jail Card

Sheldon Silver uses his get out of jail card again

Slippery and Shady or just unseemly?!?

Silver, 75, faces seven years in prison if his conviction stands. He has been out of jail on $200,000 since he was first charged in 2015.

In 2016, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that narrowed the definition of an “official act” and how it’s used to instruct juries’ public corruption convictions, which has led judges in lower courts to press prosecutors harder on whether a pol’s allegedly illegal acts might just be unseemly.

Two of the panel's three judges questioned whether Silver's actions fit the definition of a public corruption crime.
Circuit Judge Richard Sullivan said a description by prosecutors of what Silver promised to do in return for business steered to a law firm was "pretty squishy."

March 3, 2019

Music Parents Fund Raising Event!

The Maple Hill Music Parents Association will be hosting their Indoor Garage Sale, Silent Auction and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 23rd, from 9am to 3pm, at the Schodack Central School District Building (formerly Maple Hill Middle School) at 1477 South Schodack Road in Castleton.  

Funds raised at this event are used to enhance the music program through field trips, music assemblies and special opportunities for band and chorus members to perform.  For more information, email

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February 26, 2019

An Extraordinary Public Servant

Passion, Persistence, and Patience.
February 26,2019 The passing of Paul Puccio
Paul was an extraordinary public servant who devoted his life to helping others. He was a member of the Schodack CSD Board of Education since 1981 and the Questar III Board of Education since 1999. As a board member, Paul helped to establish the policies that guide operations at Schodack and Questar III. He also advocated for expanded programming for students and collaboration among school districts.

Paul was a founding member of the Tech Valley High School Operating Board, serving as its first president from 2006 to 2018. As president, Paul and his colleagues helped Tech Valley High School grow into a nationally-recognized school.

February 18, 2019

STRIDE's 14th Annual Wounded Warrior Snowfest

Thank our regional wounded military heroes! Show your support by attending the Welcoming Dinner to say 'thank you for your service'

Please join STRIDE Adaptive Sports as we recognize and thank combat-injured veterans from the Capital Region for their service and sacrifice.

STRIDE, local lawmakers, business leaders, and grateful civilians will gather for a Welcome Ceremony / Dinner with veterans and their families on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

The recognition dinner will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. as the official start of the 14th Annual STRIDE Wounded Warrior Snowfest, which will provide Warriors & their families with 4 days of free skiing / snowboarding and family activities at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA.

February 10, 2019

ICC board considers bidding French adieu

February 1, 2019 by EMILIA TEASDALE
KINDERHOOK–The Ichabod Crane Board of Education held a budget workshop meeting last week to review options for staffing the art, music and foreign languages programs in the next school year.

At the January 22 workshop meeting school officials also discussed joining a distance learning group that would allow students to take classes from different schools via video conferences. In addition the district could also offer classes to other districts in the distance learning program, which would come with some state aid for teachers’ salaries.

The board discussed the upcoming retirements of staff members in the art, music and foreign language departments and what that could mean for reconfiguring how and when some of those classes are taught. Last year, five teachers retired, yielding an estimated savings for the district of $343,000 in salary and benefits. At the end of the this school year, eight teachers will be retiring, leading to an estimated savings of $409,000.Read more…

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December 20, 2018

John Caporta says goodbye

John Caporta at Genet Middle School in 1989.
After 40 years of working in education, including the past 26 years as principal of Red Mill Elementary School, Principal John Caporta is retiring in June. We sat down with Mr. Caporta to talk about his career, the changes in education over the years, and what he will miss most.