GESD schools to close Friday

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District officials, after careful consideration, have decided to close all district schools Friday, so that staff members, students and our community members may honor recently retired teacher Maria Hallenbeck-Brown, who passed away unexpectedly last Saturday, the district announced in a news release Wednesday.

Hallenbeck-Brown taught seventh- and eighth-grade math at Gloversville Middle School before retiring in June 2016. During her 25 years, Maria made a lasting impact educating the community’s children, as well as through her philanthropic efforts. In 2012, she began organizing “Math-A-Thons” schoolwide to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Together, she and her students raised more than $50,000 for the hospital in the five years prior to her retirement.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause district families. We appreciate your understanding as we pay our respects to a beloved educator and show support for the Hallenbeck-Brown family,” The district wrote in the letter.

A letter regarding the decision will be sent home with students today.

All sports games will take place as scheduled on Friday. Stay tuned for further information about programs at McNab.

By Patricia Older

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