Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE -- Voters approved the Indian Lake Central School District 2014/15 Budget and three propositions last week, as well as electing two candidates to seats on the Board of Education.
Figures were announced by Business Manager Louann Tetrault during the BOE's Tuesday, May 20, meeting after the voting ended. The budget was approved 185-44.
A proposition to purchase a generator for the school for $75,000 was approved 192-37.
A proposition to purchase two new boilers for up to $600,000 was approved 187-38.
A proposition to purchase a school bus and a van for up to $71,000 was approved 178-50.
Michelle Hutchins was elected to another five-year term on the BOE while Phillip Monthony was elected to fill the remaining four years of Leonard Franco's term. Franco resigned in October.
Hutchins and Monthony ran unopposed and neither was challenged by write-ins.
The 2014/15 budget came in $5,208 under the state-imposed cap on any increase to the tax levy.
The budget voters approved stands at $6.11 million, an increase of $126,998 or 2.12 percent over the 2013/14 budget of $5.98 million.
The levy (amount to be raised by taxes) stands at $4.56 million, up $107,742 or about 2.41 percent over the 2013/14 levy.
Principal David Snide reported the Shared Decision Making Committing strongly favors making two high school subjects that are currently elective mandatory, meaning they would be required for graduation.
The two are Personal Finance and Parenting. The SDMC would like them to be required starting with students entering Grade 9 in the fall.
BOE President Jon Voorhees and Vice President David Harrington argued in favor of the change while board members Tracy Eldridge and Michelle Hutchins appeared uncertain. Board Member Bob Lewin had to leave the meeting early and was not present for the discussion.
Eldridge and Hutchins wanted time to consider the ramifications to the remaining elective subjects of adding two more requirements to graduate and how the board and school administrators should respond to requests by parents and students to be exempt from new required courses.
Popular electives include music and art.
The resolution was tabled to gather more information.
Brand reported two foreign students, an 18-year-old male from South Korea and a 16-year-old male from Germany, will be attending Indian Lake Central during the 2014/15 school year.
Brand said there could be more students if more local families would become host families. "We could have as many as 50 Chinese students if we could house them," said Brand.
George Mahoney has resigned as bus driver. Norman Petty was approved for bus driver training.
The BOE will next meet Tuesday, June 17, starting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.