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Odessa-Montour school board 6/10/10

Meeting:  The Odessa-Montour school board met Thursday, June 10 for 45 minutes.
Attendance:  Superintendent Jim Frame was absent.  There were two members of the public in the audience.
Action:  The board approved extending Frame’s contract by one additional year, to June 30, 2015.  Board members Scott Westervelt, Don Roberts, and Matt Walters voted against it, only because the three wanted to review the superintendent’s contract before voting.  Westervelt said it was nothing against Frame, asking “what would it hurt to look (the contract) over?”  Board member Karen Rock said there was no salary attached to this yet, and it was not a new contract.
• The board also approved eliminating five positions, effective July 1, 2010, as voted on by district residents in the 2010-11 budget.  The positions are one Kindergarten teacher, one English teacher, one AIS math teacher, one school social worker, and one custodian.  The board also approved reducing one Pre-K teacher position from full-time to part-time, effective July 1, 2010.
• Michelle Voorheis was approved for tenure in the music department.
• The Terms and Conditions of Employment for Non-Unit Personnel was approved for July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.
• The board approved moving money as needed from the Tax Certiorari Fund to the General Fund to cover end of the school year expenses.  District business administrator Greg Dale explained since there were no certiorari cases, the extra funds will be used to cover things like the anticipated cost of diesel fuel being less than what the price turned out to be.
Discussion without action:  Greg Gavich, teacher and athletic director, thanked the board and the district for its support of school sports this year.  He added the district increased the number of Scholar Athlete teams to nine, and have seen many improvements in the last five years.
• Westervelt added he wants to see extra capital building project money used to upgrade the pool, including touch pads and the public announcement system.
• Principal Sara Fontana gave the board a rundown of the things she has done in her first year as principal at B.C. Cate.  She talked about the “town meetings” and “Character Cafes” she holds with students.  Fontana added that teachers would be getting training this summer.
• Hanlon Principal Chris Williams spoke to the board about year end activities.  She said one was the mini Relay for Life/Health Fair the students attended.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting is Tuesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. 

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