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Watkins school board selects new president

WATKINS GLEN—Brian O’Donnell and Mike Myers were sworn in as the new president and vice president, respectively, of the Watkins Glen Central School District board of education, Monday, July 6.
O’Donnell was previously vice president and Thomas Richardson was president. Superintendent Thomas Phillips said the decision was internal and because the board likes to have new faces in the two positions. Myers and Robert Dill were also administered the oath of office for serving on the board as they were reelected to their positions this year.
A number of other appointments were agreed upon by the board at the reorganization meeting, now under O’Donnell’s direction. These included Sharon Clark as district clerk and Gayle Sedlack as treasurer, positions they already hold. The board also approved a number of routine police items, including the dates of meetings, re-adoption of all policies and Code of Ethics, and who the district newspapers are.
In other business:
• Phillips explained bids for the EXCEL building project came in over than what was expected at $286,000. The board agreed to change orders on fire alarms for elementary buildings so the end accepted bid was for $166,239. Phillips said the priority of services will be on upgrading the fiber network. This way, the board will not have to re-bid, adding it is a better use of the money. The winning bid was from John Mills Electric.
• The board acknowledged the first reading of another group of policies from the previous meeting. They will be adopted at the next school board meeting.
• The board accepted the internal audit of budget development and administration. Sedlack said it was an excellent report with the only issue being that dates were needed on some reports.
• A state required building conditions survey agreement was approved, costing $50,000. Sedlack explained that the district gets state aid to cover it.
• The board approved two resignations; Rita Tucker as cleaner and Diane Crane as clerk. Two appointments were also made; Beth Hogan as high school math teacher and Crane as keyboard specialist.
• A health and welfare services contract was approved for one student attending school outside of the Watkins school district, at the Immaculate Conception School in Ithaca. The contract was from the 2008-09 school year, but Watkins just got it. Phillips said the service was given regardless.
The next school board meeting will be Monday, Aug. 3, starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. after an executive session.

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