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Penn Yan school board 01/13/10

Meeting: Penn Yan Central School District board of education met for 30 minutes on January 13.
Attendance: Board members Nancy Scher and James Multer, Jr. were absent. No members of the public were in the audience.
Action: Accepted the Professional Development Plan.
• Accepted a donation from the Once Again Shoppe and Community Action Program for boots, socks, underwear and head lice kits for Penn Yan Elementary (PYE) students. One hundred hats, scarves, gloves and leg warmers were also donated to PYE students from the Harley School.
• Approved creation of scholarships from Penn Yan Dollars for Scholars in Memory of Mr. Elliott Vorce and Mrs. Michael Legault.
Discussion without action:  Jim Higgins of LeChase Construction presented an update on the capital project at the high school. Everything is on schedule. The area of the corridor where the lobby will be, between the two main entry doors, has been closed off.  Work has begun on taking down the walls in the old gym. Representatives of the community center will take the backboards from the old gym and store them for future use. New classrooms are open and the nurse’s office is scheduled to be opened, possibly this week.
• Howard Dennis, Associate Superintendent for instruction and staff reported on the Professional development plan. Dennis said the plan is similar to last year and goals include literacy, technology, best use of time during the day and a bit on 21st Century skills in getting kids ready for the real world.
• Board member Liz Warren was recognized for completion of 40 credits in Level 1 toward Boardsmanship Developmental Achievement Citation.
Appointments/resignations: Accepted the resignations of three teachers for the purpose of retirement. Math teacher Susan Tierney will retire on March 17 and Science teacher Linda Schail and reading teacher Deborah Bronson will retire June 30. Tierney and Bronson began at PYCSD in 1985 and Shail in 1987.
Upcoming meetings: January 27 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

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