Tag Archives: Andrew Cook

Abraham leaves with no explanation

By Jaime Thomas Hartford Superintendent Thomas Abraham, who was slated to retire at the end of June, has left early, seemingly with no explanation. “The Hartford Central School District Board of Education hereby acknowledges that Superintendent of Schools Thomas Abraham will take a leave of absence from his position effective Feb. 28 until the time […]

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Abraham: No new tests needed

More testing — for teachers, that is. It’s one of a few initiatives Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently mentioned in his State of the State address. Thomas Abraham, Hartford Superintendent, expressed his hesitancy toward Cuomo’s suggestions during a school board meeting Monday night. One of Cuomo’s ideas would require teachers to pass a bar-type exam in […]

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Schools concerned about IEP graduates

For some students, the traditional educational route does not work, so school staff create an individualized education program or IEP for them.  However, the state has not been recognizing these individuals as high-school graduates. “They meet state exit criteria, but the state says they don’t count,” said Andrew Cook, the middle and high school principal […]

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Cook taking over Hartford Schools

By Jaime Thomas Hartford Central School will welcome one of its own as the new superintendent this July. Andrew Cook, the current middle and high school principal will replace Thomas Abraham, who is retiring. Cook said he is excited about his new appointment. “I’m honored that the Board of Education has the faith in me […]

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Scheduling has parents worried

By Jaime Thomas Parents raised concerns about student involvement in several non-core subjects at a Hartford Board of Education meeting on Oct. 15. In particular, physical education and band requirements were discussed in relation to intense student schedules. Several parents told the board they thought student enrollment in band has decreased because students are reluctant […]

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Abraham calls it a career: Hartford Superintendent to step down after 21 years

Two years after agreeing to stay on after the Hartford Board of Education initially accepted his resignation, Superintendent Thomas Abraham has made it official and will leave the district in June 2013. The board, which accepted Abraham’s resignation Monday night, already has a replacement chosen and will announce the name of the new superintendent at […]

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At Hartford, teachers face biggest changes

By Bill Toscano   When Principal Andrew Cook looks at changes coming up for the new school year, his attention focuses not on his students but on his teachers. “The tough part this year will come with the teachers,” he said, referring to the new state-mandated teacher evaluations, which direct schools to give a test […]

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Community turns out for Hartford’s 33 graduates

Standing in front of a packed house in a conveniently air-conditioned Hartford Central School gymnasium, Renee Thorpe paused for a moment before handing out two Kiwanis Club awards. First, she paid the entire town a compliment. “I looked around, and there were so many people,” she said. “I said, ‘These kids have big families.’ Some […]

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Fire Co. renews search for lost horn

By Dan King Thirty years ago a silver plated presentation horn was stolen from the Whitehall Fire Company and the […]

Town finalizes speed reduction proposal

By Dan King Back in July, the Town of Whitehall drafted a proposal to reduce the speed limits of a […]

Officials weight safety vs. freedom of Amish

By Dan King Just when it seemed that all discrepancies and arguments about how to handle Whitehall’s growing Amish population […]

Superintendent upset with test scores

Whitehall Central School District Superintendent Elizabeth Legault has been analyzing data and researching educational policy in an attempt to turn […]

Increase in traffic hasn’t led to increase in accidents at intersection

By Dan King The intersection of County Routes 18 and 21 in Whitehall has always been a difficult intersection for […]