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Hammondsport school board 04/14/10

Meeting: The Hammondsport school board of education, met April 14 for one hour and 40 minutes, plus a 30 minute executive session.
Attendance: Nancy Torp was the only board member absent.  All school officials and an audience of 25 were also there.
Action: Abolished one part-time teacher aide position, and two part-time food service helper positions.
• Established the John T. Rogerson Jr. scholarship.
Discussion Without Action: Superintendent Kyle Bower presented the proposed 2010-11 budget, warning that there is still no indication as to what state aid will be available for the coming year.  He stated that the proposed expenditure budget exceeds the current year’s by $2,974, adding that represented a .001 percent increase per year for the past three years.  The tax levy is expected to increase by $145,073, or 1.95 percent.  “There is no way to reduce taxes without reducing more people,” Bower said, noting that the school had gone from 143 employees in 2006-07 to 112 budgeted for 2010-11.  He pointed out that Hammondsport has a new identity as a district of 500 students, rather than 900.
• Elementary Principal Michelle Sincerbox said that students will walk to the Glenn H. Curtiss Memorial School on June 4, then parade back to the Main Street School with Curtiss School students.
• HCS student Kevin Arnold has been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
Appointments/resignations: The board approved the following leaves/resignations: Brande Flaitz, unpaid leave for 2010-11 school year; Marilyn Dowdle, retirement effective June 30; Lucy Rochi, extension of unpaid medical leave through May 31; and Jeannette Ortiz, maternity leave May 17 through June 25.
• The board approved the following appointments: Dan Conley, Robin Conley, Patty Eckel, Mike Duncan, Jen Duncan, as basketball club trip chaperones.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular school board meeting is Tuesday, May, 11, at 7 p.m.   

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