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Penn Yan school board 07/01/09

Meeting: The Penn Yan Central School District board of education met for approximately 30 minutes July 1. During the meeting an executive session lasting 30 minutes to discuss personnel matters also took place.
Attendance: All board of education members were present. No members of the public were in the audience.
Action: Election of officers took place prior to the regular agenda. Jeff Morehouse was reelected president and Kathy Guenther, reelected vice president, both unanimously. Board members Liz Warren, Loni Terpolilli and Ryan Hallings were sworn in.
• Committee appointments were tabled until the next meeting July 22 to allow ample time for new board members to identify the committees they are interested in serving on.
• Nonresident tuition rates were established for the 2009-10 school year at $3,000 for grades kindergarten through six and $4,000 for grades seven to 12. Authorized the superintendent of schools to determine whether a child is entitled to attend district schools on a tuition free basis. This is related to commissioner’s regulations regarding the determination of student residency.
• Approved the 2009-10 Athletic Code of Conduct.
Discussion without action: During the board member comment portion of the meeting, Mike VanWormer said, “We had a lot of tough choices when we came to the budget this year. I expect it to be much worse next year. It will require more tough choices. It’s a little scary.” Superintendent of Schools Ann Orman said, “We work on the budget from September. We are concerned the aid will not come in as expected.”
• LeChase Construction representative Jim Higgins reported on progress of the capital project at the high school. He said the media wing will be ready for moving in Aug. 31. Two crews are working on the gym and no tours could be given for those areas. Work on the east lobby roof was held up by a plumbing issue and the west wing is completely demolished. roofing preparations are well underway. The east wing is scheduled to be finished in Jan. 2010. Higgins concluded, “Progress is good. Costs are being maintained and we have had no safety issues.” Orman commented, “It’s unbelievable how much has gone on the last five days.”
Bids/purchases over $1,000: Approved a plumbing contract for reconstruction to PYA auditorium project in the amount $89,850 to Frey & Campbell of Hammondsport.
• Approved a Mechanical Prime contract for the middle school HVAC Upgrades project with Crosby-Brownlie, Inc. of Rochester.  The base bid is in the amount of $31,488 and alternate bid number one for $65,689.
Appointments/resignations: Suzanne Peterson was appointed to teach in the Science 7 to 12 tenure area; Jill MacKerchar in the physical education tenure area; Rachel Reussow in the reading tenure area, and Gretchen Jensen in the family and consumer sciences tenure area, all effective Sept. 1.
• The board accepted the resignation of home and careers teacher Alice Rothfuss, effective Sept. 8. Rothfuss began working in the district in Sept. 1981
• The board accepted the resignation of reading teacher Ellen Blackburn, effective June 26 and the resignation of math teacher Dan Groom, effective July 29.
Upcoming meetings: July 22 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria. 

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