Meeting: Penn Yan Central School District board of education met for approximately 40 minutes, Nov. 4 Attendance: All board members were present. Eighteen members of the public were in the audience. Action: Tabled three proposed policy changes until the next meeting.
• Approved creation of PYA Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball Club. Board member Mike VanWormer said the board needs a policy to advise parents regarding clubs and extracurricular activities. His concern is that parents know about the activities in order to help them manage their time. Discussion without action: Superintendent of Schools Ann Orman outlined district action connected with flu. She said letters have been sent to every contact the district has for students and a message was sent via Connect Ed on the topic. Consent forms for a clinic scheduled some time in mid-November have a due date of Nov. 6, made necessary so that the correct amount of materials for the clinic can be ordered. Orman said, “Staff absences have been minimal but there was a little difficulty today with our bus drivers.” Bus staffers are spraying and disinfecting buses in the mornings and afternoons. Orman said absenteeism has started to go down and people are keeping their children home when they are sick. She emphasized children should not return to school until 24 hours after their fever breaks. Orman said, “I have to commend our nurses. They are working hard all day every day and doing a really good job with our students.”
• Middle school students made a presentation to the board about their recent trip to the Adirondack Museum. Fourteen boys and 14 girls went on the trip that required them to write applications which were used in selecting the students who went on the trip. The presentation included a countdown list of the top 10 things they learned. “That we can live without our cell phones” came in at Number one.
• The board heard an update on the project at the high school from project Manager Jim Higgins. He told the board there is about six weeks of work left to do in the E wing. The gym is still scheduled for completion on Dec. 11. In late December, work to convert the old gym into a music suite will begin. Work on the auditorium is scheduled to start on Jan. 18, 2010. Upcoming meetings: Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.