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Penn Yan school hears capital project update

PENN YAN—Penn Yan Central School District board of education met April 1.
The board heard the monthly report on the capital project at Penn Yan Academy from project manager Jim Higgins.  He spoke mainly about two areas; the new gym on the north end of the building and the media center and classroom wing on the south side of the building. He said all steel work has been completed and passed and block work on the gym walls is done. Nearly all stud walls are up and drywall work will begin with painting scheduled later in the month.
The general contractor has added another supervisor because of the work load. Safety and clean up has improved. Higgins concluded, “We’re in pretty good shape.” Each month Higgins presents a report during the first board of education meeting.
In other business:
• Maroscher and the board congratulated elementary principal Ed Bronson for being selected as Elementary Principal of the Year in Region 11, which covers seven area counties.
• During the meeting the 2009-10 budget of $31,109,611 was approved by the board.  For more on the school budget, see the related story on page 1.
• There was a brief discussion of procedures for sale of the Branchport school building. Superintendent of Schools Ann Orman said Richard Lewis had spoken to the district’s attorney about the regulations related to transferring the property to another public corporation. The property was appraised at about $250,000 last year and if this price is obtained the transfer can take place without any voter approval or referendum. If not, a permissive referendum could be included if 10 percent of eligible district voters petitioned for one. Orman added, “We know what we can and cannot do.”
Board member Mike VanWormer said, “There is no upside to keeping that building. It’s just an expense.”
Orman said the district does have a party or group that is interested in the building.
The next meeting of the Penn Yan Central School District board of education will be at 7 p.m. on April 29 in the elementary school cafeteria. 

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