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Hammondsport school board 02/11/09

Meeting: Hammondsport Central School met Feb. 11 for two hours and 10 minutes, plus a 15-minute executive session.
Attendance: The full board, plus school officials and an audience of seven.
Discussion without action: Interim elementary principal James McCormick reported for a committee surveying future facilities use. The committee judged that the Main Street campus will be able to house the entire projected district enrollment in 2010, and laid out recommended room usage. McCormick suggested that the district take this opportunity to decide whether a different instructional organization, for instance, linking sixth grade with higher grades, might prove useful.
• Superintendent Kyle Bower reported that the district is joining with Hammondsport village in purchase and application of salt, reducing the district’s cost for that commodity to 87 cents a pound from $3.87.
• Bower reported that his current budget draft projects a 1.6 percent expenditure reduction (about $300,000), and a .18 percent increase in tax levy. Contemplated reductions include elimination of two elementary teaching positions by attrition,  elimination of two cleaners, two drivers and one administrator, and bringing special education students now served at BOCES back into the building.
• Bower recommended beginning funding of a $1,000,000 capital reserve fund, particularly with roof maintenance in view. He warned that as far as professional jobs are concerned, any benefits accruing from the federal stimulus package would likely go toward maintaining jobs that otherwise would be eliminated, rather than creating new positions. He stated that a proposal is being formed to make the roof work a stimulus project.
Appointments: Alice Weale, on-call 7-12 substitute teacher, $80/day.
• Jeffrey Champlin, long-term substitute earth science tecaher, $42,465.

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