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Dundee plans new sports Web site

    DUNDEE—The Dundee Central School District board of education met on Thursday, June 9.
    Physical education teacher Jennifer Hutches made a presentation on the proposed sports calendar to the board. Each specific sport will have its own page on the sports Web site. Information for parents will be included such as parent meetings and forms parents must sign. Practice schedules will be included as will information on award winners, scholar/athlete teams and candid photos from sports events. Hutches said she does not think athletics are needed in the district’s hard calendar.
    Hutches called the Web site, “A work in progress.” In the future, Hutches plans to have all championship teams included on the Web site with photos and school records for sports as far back as she can go. Another goal is an Athletic Hall of Fame. Hutches said the reason for the Hall of Fame would be, “To recognize the tradition we have  here.” She said she would like to have people in the Hall of Fame come back to DCS and talk to the students.
    Following Hutches’ presentation, board President Joseph Capurso asked what percentage of families have access to the Internet. Superintendent of Schools Kathy Ring responded, ”Most do.” Hutches said she would like to have something that shows athletes and parents how to get to other schools. In addition to online information, the district will have hard copies of directions available.
    Ring said the school calendar will be done in-house this year.
    In other business: Doug and Jackie Martini were thanked for continuing the tradition of cash register tapes. This year, Martini’s Shur Fine donated $1,100 to be used by the libraries and Business Department.
    • Board members viewed the video “Firework.” It introduces the theme song for STARS for the 2011-12 school year. Following the video, Ring said, “It is important you realize how creative our art teacher is with the kids.”
    • During the president’s report, Capurso thanked Carl Christensen for his service on the board. He also thanked DCS senior Jesse Ninos, calling him a trailblazer for student service on the board of education.
    • Capurso said two proposals were received for a study of consolidation of services among the DCS, Penn Yan and Marcus Whitman Central School districts. The bid  from WNY Education Service Council of Buffalo was chosen. The bid amount is $25,000. The boards of education in the other two districts must also approve the bid. The second bid was nearly $17,000 higher. Capurso said he liked the structure on the Buffalo group’s proposal.
    • Capurso said he will not accept a nomination for board president for the 2011-12 school year. He has served as board president for the past five years. Capurso thanked the board for the confidence they have had in him the past five years.
    • Ring reported the Project Save plan will be presented at the board meeting on July 14. Ring presented updates of the year.
    • Elementary Principal Laurie Hopkins-Halbert reported on the year in the elementary school.
    • Junior/Senior high school principal Chris Arnold reported on the current school year for those levels.
    • Board Vice-President James Koehler reported on the capital project. Drainage work is being done on the football field. In the building, a lot of wiring has been installed. Crews are very ready for when schools let out. Koehler said, “There are good work crews. They seem to work well together. They are near to schedule and well within budget.”
    • Five revised  policies and two first readings were approved. A policy on Pest Management and pesticide use was referred to the policy committee.
    • Several personnel issues were approved. Chris Arnold was approved for the tenure position of administrator, effective July 1.
    • Teachers receiving tenure and their subject areas are; Ashley Skorsua, Elementary; Kyle Knapton, Music; Julie Dunkelberger, General Special Education; Kevin Housel, Foreign Language and Todd DeRue, General Special Education.
    The re-organizational meeting of the Dundee Central School District board of education will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. The meeting will be in the public meeting room.



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