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Watkins Glen school board 04/06/09

Meeting:  The Watkins Glen School Board met Monday, April 6 for 40 minutes.
Attendance:  All board members were present.  There were two members of the public in the audience.
Action: School meal prices for the 2009/10 school year were increased.  The board approved the price of breakfast for all three schools to go from 75 cents to $1.  In the Elementary school, lunch will go from $1.25 to $1.50.  Lunch at the middle school will go from $1.50 to $1.75.  However, lunch at the high school will remain at $1.75.  The board said students getting free and reduced lunches would not be affected by the increase.  The recommendation to raise the fees came from GST BOCES.  Superintendent Tom Phillips said this is the first increase in two years, but it was necessary to offset food area costs.
• The board passed the 2009/10 school budget.  For more, see the school budget story on page 1.
• A special board meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, April 21.
• The board approved the Senior All-Night Party and use of school buses.
• The board also approved the Watkins Glen Faculty Association contract.  Phillips said the average salary increase is 3.5 percent, which includes a step increment required by law.  He added the increase of employee co-pay for prescription drugs by accepting a three-tier formulary, would save the district approximately $900,000 over the next three years.  Phillips said he was pleased with the outcome of the negotiations.
• Non-represented personnel contracts were also approved.
• The board of elections for the annual vote was approved.
• The last round of teacher tenure recommendations for the year were approved.
Discussion without action:  Carol Franzese, president of the Watkins Glen Public Library board of trustees, gave the library’s annual budget report at the meeting.  She said the library’s tax levy needed to be raised 1.3 percent ($1,522), even though spending has gone down.  Franzese said, “there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Bids/purchases over $1,000:  None.
Appointments/resignations:  The board accepted the resignation of food service worker, Susan Brewer.
• The fall coaching appointments were approved, pending verification of all necessary certifications.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting will be held Monday, May 5.  The board anticipates the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m., following an executive session.  The board will hold a workshop meeting, Monday April 20 at 5:45 p.m.

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