District strengthens security procedures

With the recent tragic events in Parkland, Florida, Herkimer Central School District officials have been in contact with local law enforcement to review and strengthen security procedures. The district partnered with the Herkimer Police Department to place a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) in the district beginning in August. SRO Shauna Jones works with administrators, …

Poverty simulation promotes understanding

Mrs. Tomaso was on her way back to jail. Accused of stealing someone’s bus pass, the Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School principal was being escorted to the police station when the arresting officer spotted Mr. Orilio snatching $50 out of someone’s wallet. The two “suspects” were added to an already crowded “jail” that also housed Mr. …

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Mindfulness moves forward at Herkimer Elementary

Jen Olds wants you to breathe. On a recent Friday afternoon, Olds stood in front of a room full of her fellow teachers at Herkimer Elementary and led them through a breathing exercise designed to increase focus and become present. Olds has been leading an effort to bring mindfulness into the lives of Herkimer Elementary students …

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Initial budget proposal seeks to expand programs

Budget workshop scheduled for Feb. 15 Expanding pre-kindergarten, VP Tech and Project Lead the Way programs, and restoring computer science and business classes, are among the components of the initial budget proposal presented to the Herkimer Central School Board of Education by Superintendent Robert J. Miller on Jan. 31. Miller’s initial proposal calls for a …

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