First day of school is a washout

Onteora Central School District Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill, who began her employment with the district in January, enters her first full school year under extraordinary circumstances. Always an anxious time, this was exceptionally challenging due to the devastation left behind by Tropical Storm Irene. Determined for the whole district to open on time, administrators pressured state officials and New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), the company that powers Phoenicia Elementary, to restore power to the only school left in the dark and . . .


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