ICC teams move up to a bigger league

KINDERHOOK–At its January 5 meeting, the Ichabod Crane School Board heard the official announcement by Athletic Director Paul Thompson that the school is now in the Colonial Conference sports league. That means teams will play schools in Ravena, Cohoes, Albany and Cobleskill among others.

Mr. Thompson said he had spoken with the athletic directors at those schools. “They are excited that we got in,” he said.

Though Mr. Thompson was announcing the school’s official entry to the conference at Tuesday night’s meeting, he said that the information was leaked to the press before the holiday break. “We’re looking forward to it,” he said of competing against the new teams.

Administrators emphasized that ICC would still play some games against Patroon Conference teams to continue longstanding rivalries. Those opponents will include games with Chatham in baseball and soccer.

In a nod to the former sports rivals, Mr. Thompson said the district is “glad for the years we were in the Patroon.”

Some ICC teams will not participate are not in the Colonial league. The field hockey and boys volleyball teams will not change leagues. Mr. Thompson did not say what would happen with the school’s new pilot football program. But he did tell the board, “I want to continue to play better schools to help our kids [play] better.”

This week the board also heard from administrators at Columbia Greene Community College about the dual enrollment program through which the district allows students to take college level classes. The district offers several classes for which students can receive college credit.

Assistant Superintendent Maureen VanDeusen called the classes “a good thing” for students and their families in hard economic times.

College President Jim Campion said that ICC students who take college level courses in high school start at the two-year college with almost a 3.0 grade point average. He said CGCC enrollment went up 12% last semester. “It’s an economic thing,” he said of the student increase in the state school.

High School Principal William Schneider said he wanted all students to graduate from high school with three college credits.

In other business, the board heard from Facilities Director Steven Marotta that the district has received a $15,000 grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to study replacing windows at the middle and high school with more energy efficient ones. “We are on our way to finding that window replacement… would have a quick payback,” he told the board. He hopes that NYSERDA will then grant the district more funds to replace the windows.

ICC sports teams are currently in the Patroon Conference league. The district applied two years ago to change to the bigger Colonial Conference, but at that time the conference had a moratorium on adding new teams.

The district now moves into its annual budget discussions. The next two board meetings, January 19 and 26, are special budget development meetings. They will both be at 7 p.m. in the middle school library. There is a regular board meeting February 2 at 7 p.m.

For more information go to the district website at www.ichabodcrane.org.

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