GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Enlarged School District officials have decided to close all district schools Friday, Sept. 15, in observance of the unexpected death of a retired teacher.
According to a post by Interim Superintendent of Schools, Robert DeLilli, on www.gesdk12.org, after careful consideration, the decision was made so that: “Staff members, students and our community members may honor recently retired teacher Maria Hallenbeck-Brown, who passed away unexpectedly last Saturday.”
According to the post, 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,” the post stated.
In 2012, Hallenbeck-Brown 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 post states.
The post also noted that all sports games will take place as scheduled on Friday. BOCES programs are closed, as well as the Head Start and Whispering Pines pre-K. Transportation will be provided for PTECH and Ag PTECH students.