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Penn Yan school meeting watch 11/18

Meeting: The Penn Yan Central School District board of education met for one and one quarter hours, Nov. 18, followed by an executive session to discuss personnel and real estate matters.
Attendance: All board members were present. Eight members of the public were in the audience.
Action: After discussion, agreed to present district voters with the option to sell the Branchport School building. the building has not housed students for several years and was mothballed this year. The Marcus Whitman Central School District rented the building for three years, but did not renew their lease.
• Approved proposed policy changes on selection of library and multimedia materials, accounting of fixed and infrastructure assets and purchasing. Also approved was the new policy on reimbursement for a special program on meals/refreshments.
• Approved a proposal for the district to be a co-applicant to Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES application to the Local Government Efficiency Grant Program for the consolidated Maintenance Program. The program is offered by New York sTate Department of State. It allows BOCES to apply as a lead agency for funding to support a pilot project that involves transformative change, has great potential to produce cost savings and can serve as a model for other municipalities. In response to a question, superintendent of Schools Ann Orman gave the example of specialty equipment such as for work on school grounds that would be shared among districts in the local BOCES.
• Accepted $1,000 worth of books for the elementary school library from the PTG Book Fair. Discussion without action: Board member Mike VanWormer received the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Master of Boardsmanship award from Tom Nespeca of NYSSBA. Nespeca noted VanWormer has more than 200 learning credits and has completed eight School Board Institute courses. Heard a report on single tripping and five year bus rotation from Phyllis Record, Director of Transportation. The board also heard a presentation from Jeff Zimar of Chittenango-based New York Bus Sales regarding propane-fueled buses.
• Heard comments from district resident Dean Knapton who spoke about concerns that many elementary school students who would like to participate in the instrumental music program are unable to do so because of the cost of rentals. Knapton asked people who have unused musical instruments to consider donating them to the program.
• Benedict and Orman presented an update on the state budget.
Bids/Purchases over $1,000: None
Appointments/Resignations: Accepted the resignation of board of education member Rennee Thayer. She has moved out of the district. Following the meeting, Orman said the board would probably leave the position vacant until elections in May 2009
Upcoming meetings: December 10 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

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