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Harrington is Odessa-Montour's new board president

ODESSA-MONTOUR—Debra Harrington presided over her first Odessa-Montour school board meeting as president,Tuesday, July 7.
Karen Rock is also the new vice president of the board, as of that meeting.  There were only the two nominations for the president and vice president spots.  The meeting was also the first for new board members Matt Walters and Don Roberts Jr.  A number of other regular appointments were passed at the meeting, including naming the district clerk, treasurer, school physician, and attendance officer.
Board member Scott Westervelt said he was aware the asbestos designee, Richard Lapierre, did not like having the appointment.  Superintendent Jim Frame said the board should vote on it now because the position needs to be filled and they will come back it.  Westervelt suggested Lapierre come and speak to the board.
Not all board members wanted to approve the pay rate for substitute teachers: $74 for certified personnel, $69 for personnel with a Bachelors/Masters degree, and $64 for personnel with a high school diploma or associates degree.  Westervelt and Roberts voted against it while Walters abstained, because they felt it was not high enough pay.  Rock said the rates were already factored into the budget, adding "I would not like to put us into a deficit" if the pay was raised.  Frame said the time to change the the pay would be during the budget process.  The pay rates were still passed.
In other business:
• The minimum wage was increased to $7.25 per hour, effective July 1, 2009.
• The board approved the 2009-10 contract for services with GST BOCES.
• A special education teacher position was created.  Frame explained the job is being brought back to the district, and will save money in doing so.  The position will be teaching students in Hanlon school.
• The 2010 graduation date was set for Friday, June 25.
The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

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