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Watkins Glen school board 08/03/09

Meeting:  The Watkins Glen School board met Monday, Aug. 3 for 20 minutes.
Attendance:  Gloria Brubaker was the only board member absent.   There were no members of the public present.
Action:  The board adopted the 2009-10 tax levy.  Superintendent Tom Phillips said that the county finished the town reassessments within the school district and now the average tax rate is down to $11.22 per thousand.
• The elementary and high school parent/student handbooks were approved for the 2009-10 school year.
• The board approved the last adoption of the polices.  Phillips said this concludes the review of the policy manual.
• After the annual reorganizational meeting, some changes were made to board committees.  The board approved the heads of each committee; Robert Dill for finance/audit, Joe Fazzary for transportation, and Brubaker for policy.
• An agreement with an independent supervising clinical fellowship was approved for one year.  Phillips explained that this is required for the speech pathologist to get their license.
• The board approved three special education providers for the upcoming school year.  They are Yates ARC/Keuka Lake School, Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children’s Association of Chemung County, and Franziska Racker Centers.
Discussion without action:  The board announced that the first day of school for students would by Sept. 8 and the conference date this year would be Thursday, Sept. 3.
Appointments/resignations:  The board accepted the following appointments; Susan Poet as driver education teacher and Terri Myers as high school clerk.  Phillips explained that the appointment of Myers fulfills the shift of a secretary to a full time position in the athletic office, and replacing the secretary position with a temporary one.
• The following sports appointments were approved; T.J. Love as volunteer boys assistant soccer coach, Mark Stephany as volunteer boys assistant soccer coach, and Brian Knowlan as volunteer girls assistant swimming coach.
• The board accepted the resignation of Cara Seymour, high school special education teacher.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Aug. 17.  It is expected to start at 6:30 p.m., following an executive session.

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