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Penn Yan school board 03/31/10

Meeting: Penn Yan Central School District board of education met for approximately one and one quarter hours on March 30.
Attendance: President Jeff Morehouse was excused. Two members of the public were in the audience.
Action: The proposed budget of $31,645,709 was approved by the board along with a proposition that includes a multi year bus lease for two 65 passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $68,000 a year. The budget and seats on the board of education will be voted on from noon until 8 p.m. on May 18 in the Middle School gym on Liberty Street in Penn Yan.
• Approved sale of the Branchport school property to the Finger Lakes Visitors Association for $200,000. The State Environmental Quality Review short environmental assessment form was approved.
• The board approved a request for transportation services from the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), d.b.a. Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC) on West Lake Road to the call center in the North Avenue Business Park from April 1 until April 16 at a total estimated cost of $6,155, based on the actual hours needed. The parking lot at the industrial park is under construction and currently there is not enough parking for employees. There is adequate parking at the IDA site. Board member Ryan Hallings recused himself from the vote due to his connection with FLEDC.
Discussion without action: Assistant Superintendent for Business Doug Tomandl presented a summary of the proposed budget as well as some extra points.
Bids/purchases over $1,000: Approved purchase of three different biology textbooks at a total cost of $19,388. Prior to the vote, board member Mike VanWormer outlined his objections to the selection, asking that the board wait until other texts were available to make the purchase. VanWormer’s objections were with the teaching of Darwinism and Global Warming  contained in the texts.
Appointments/resignations: Accepted the resignation of special education teacher Kimberly Crawford effective June 30.
Upcoming meetings: April 7 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria. 

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