Voters approve new ILCS budget


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE - Shortly after the Indian Lake Central School District Board of Education met Tuesday, May 21, it learned voters had approved the 2013/14 budget of $5,983,341 by a strong majority (180-46).

The only other item for voters to consider was a replacement for outgoing board member Patrick Mahoney. The vote for the only person running, Leonardo "Lenny" Franco, was 148-0.

It is an exciting time to be on the board, with the prospect of foreign students attending the school. Board members will be developing and adopting policies to address how the school will recruit, admit and provide for them.

ILCS was approved as a Student Exchange Visitor Program school in March. Foreign students are seen as a way to boost revenues and expose local students to other cultures.

To date, Superintendent Mark Brand said, two local families have offered to house one or more international students.

Principal David Snide also had an update for the board. He briefly spoke of the progress being made adapting and implementing Common Core Learning Standards and the new testing standards required by the state.

Snide believes the teachers are adapting and are well prepared to meet the challenges of Common Core.

He also noted teachers from ILCS and nearby schools graded the state exams in each other's classes, thereby saving the schools money. Time from class is lost, Snide said, but money is saved by not needing to hire test examiners.

The board of education will next meet Tuesday, June 18, starting at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.