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Odessa-Montour school board 8/11/11

    Meeting:  The Odessa-Montour Central School District board of education met for one hour, Thursday, Aug. 11.
    Attendance:  Matt Walters was the only board member absent.  There was one member of public in the audience.
    Action:  The board approved $33,457.77 to be paid out of the Employee Benefits Accrued Liability Reserve Account for accumulated benefits which will be paid to retirees.
    • The Greater Southern Tier Area Schools Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Plan Municipal Cooperative Agreement was approved.  Superintendent Jim Frame explained it was the latest revised version.
    Discussion without action:  Business Administrator Greg Dale gave a presentation to the board about the possible deficits the coming school budgets will bring.  Using estimated data, Dale told the board what they might be able to expect when putting the 2011-12 budget together: a $468,424 deficit.  He explained that number was calculated using revenue and expenditure estimates, as well as the state’s two percent tax levy limit formula.  He said he expects there to be a deficit anyways unless there is more revenue, like state aid.  Dale added a district will be able to pass a budget with more than a two percent tax levy increase, if it gets approval from 60 percent of voters.
    • Chris Wood updated the board on the athletics program.  He said that he met with the Sports Boosters Club in July to plan for the upcoming season.  He added that the first Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at Homecoming/Bucket Game.  Wood also said that the day after that football game there will be alumni flag football and soccer games.
    • Dale also told the board what it would cost to increase the hourly salaries of workers by 25 cents and 50 cents; something the board had asked about at a previous meeting.  He explained that for one school year the total cost to the district to increase all hourly paid employees by 25 cents is about $1,500.  Dale added that a 50 cent increase would cost about $3,000.  Board member Scott Westervelt asked if that was really enough, adding a $1 an hour raise seemed doable.
    • Frame read letters from the New York State Department of Transportation and Education Department about inspections of the buses and cafeterias respectively.  He said both were good reports.  Frame added that Odessa-Montour scored a 100 percent on the DOT’s inspection of the buses and the cafeterias were commended for the food selection.
    Upcoming meetings:  The next school board meeting is Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.


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