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Watkins Glen school board 10/19/09

Meeting:  The Watkins Glen school board met Monday, Oct. 19 for 30 minutes.
Attendance:  Kevin Field, Mike Myers, and Joseph Fazzary were the only board members absent.  There was no public in the audience.
Discussion without action:  Superintendent Tom Phillips spoke about preliminary reports from the high school on catching students before they fail.  He said although it is preliminary data, comparing this year to last year there are 75 percent fewer students on the ineligibility list.  This year there are nine students on the list and last year at this time there were 40.
• Elementary Principal Rob Weeden reported that third and fourth graders went on a field trip to the Corning Museum of Glass to learn about the history of fiber optics.  He said it was paid for by the Parent Teacher Association.
• Gayle Sedlack, district treasurer, spoke about the governor’s latest proposal to close the budget gap.  She said based on Watkins Glen school district’s enrollment and number of free and reduced meals offered, the district could get $370,000 taken out of the budget.  Phillips said the district is in a good position now because of the savings from the new health insurance.  However, he said those savings are only for the first three years.  Phillips added he would be surprised, but not shocked, if the state legislature passed the governor’s plan.
Appointments/resignations:  The board appointed Kristen Field as volleyball coach.
Upcoming meetings:  The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 2 at approximately 6:30 p.m.  It will start after a 5:30 p.m. executive session.   

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