Clymer Central School news

CLYMER, N.Y. — The Clymer Central School Board of Education met for a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening in the CCS music room.

During the meeting, several personnel and new business items were approved by the board. 

Under new business, upcoming meetings for the CCS Board of Education were set for the following dates: Feb. 24 (budget workshop), March 9, March 30 (budget workshop), April 20, May 11 (budget hearing), May 19 (budget vote), June 1 (workshop) and June 15.

The March 9 regular meeting was originally scheduled for March 16, but has been changed due to a conflict, according to CCS Interim Superintendent Karen Krause.

The May 11 budget hearing date is tentative and may be changed to May 12 due to a conflict, board members said.

The May 19 budget vote will take place in the Student Performance Center lobby between the hours of noon to 8 p.m. 

Board members explained that workshop meetings entail no action but community members are still welcome to attend. Workshops will take place at 4 p.m. while regular meetings will take place at 7 p.m.

A budget calendar was also adopted, indicating various deadlines.

The tax cap, it was announced, is still being calculated. 

Information for 2020-21 tax cap calculations must be submitted to the office of the state comptroller by March 1. According to Louann Laurito-Bahgat, business manager at CCS, the state is changing the calculation process, allowing for certain exclusions of a school district's share in BOCES capital improvements. She said BOCES is currently reviewing numbers in order to report to the district so that an exact levy increase or potential decrease can be determined.

March 30 is the deadline for primary components of the budget being presented to the board for review.   

A legal notice of the school budget hearing must be posted between March 31 and April 3.

April 20 will be a final review of the budget by the school board prior to its adoption.

Petitions nominating any school board candidate bust be submitted to the district clerk by 5 p.m. on April 20 as well.

The budget document will be available to the public on May 5 and the vote will take place on May 19.

A 2018-2019 Student Activity Fund balance statement was also approved.

Additionally, the school board approved a trip for the Clymer chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), members of which will travel to a New York state convention this spring.

Lisa Perry, business teacher and FBLA adviser, will take a group of students to the conference. Board members were presented with a cost breakdown for the trip but also noted that the FBLA students have fundraised in order to pay their own way. 

The only expense for the district will be a substitute for Perry, which is accounted for in her yearly budget, said Carole Hinsdale-Siverling, board member.

Under personnel action, Morgan Benten was approved as a substitute teacher and a substitute nurse, pending fingerprint clearance. 

Lisa Lee was approved as a utility worker and Linda White was approved as a substitute teacher aide. Lee's appointment was due to a recent resignation, Krause said.

During board reports, ideas for promoting the 2020 census were discussed and positive feedback was given on a recent board retreat. 

In her superintendent's report, Krause noted she is setting up a date to meet with the Panama school district regarding shared services. 

Ed Mulkearn, board president, commented that Krause will serve as interim superintendent through the budget process and likely to the end of the school year. The search for a new superintendent is still underway and Mulkearn said a timeline has been established. 

The district will be receiving applications until March 20 and various interview committees will be set up, including a faculty group, a student group, a parent group and an administration group. 

Additional information, including the timeline, for the superintendent search is available on the CCS website, There is also a link allowing community members to fill out a survey and provide input.

Krause said a brochure further detailing the process will be published soon and made available on the website as well.

The CCS Board of Education went into executive session following the regular meeting. No action was to take place during that session.

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