By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE - A sliding scale for tuition charged foreign students has been established at Indian Lake Central School, replacing the flat rate adopted in March.
The Board of Education made the change from $9,000 a year to $7,000 to $13,500 on advice from Educatius International, Boston, a company that connects schools with foreign students.
The school is hoping to welcome its first foreign tuition students this fall.
The board has also agreed host families would still receive $4,500 per student, as approved earlier, even for students paying the lowest tuition. Superintendent Mark Brand explained, "Our cost to educate students would not increase by adding a couple of students."
Brand told the board Educatius International advised him not all families with students wanting to study in the United States can afford a high tuition, and offering a rate lower than $9,000 would open the door for more potential candidates.
Academic requirements, familiarity with English and personal standards would not be lowered. "Only the tuition the family can afford would be reduced," said Brand.
With at least two local families saying they would like to host foreign students, the next step will be for Educatius International to locate potential students and for the school to determine if they meet the requirements and would be a good fit here.
When the board met Tuesday, June 18, it approved firing custodian Robert G. Naubereit because he has been charged with rape. He was arrested June 3.
Jesse Bruso was hired as a summer cleaner and Gloria Dingee as a bus aide. The positions pay $10 an hour.
Tenure was approved for K-12 music teacher Mellissa Mulvey, effective Sept. 1.
David Snide, John Reynolds and Dianna Wilder will be shared athletic directors with a $700 stipend for each.
Patricia Curry was approved as director of the school newsletter with a $2,100 stipend. Alice Fish was appointed tax collector for the new school year. She will be paid $3,587.
John Rathbun will be the summer driver education instructor. He will receive $2,520.
-- The school will contract with Lawrence Ringer, a certified public accountant, as external auditor for 2013/14 at the same rate as this school year: $8,000.
-- As a result of receiving a baby grand piano donated by Marilyn Delmage, the school will advertise for bids on an old piano.
-- Pat Mahoney was recognized for his five years of service on the board and presented with a commemorative plaque.
The board will hold its reorganization meeting Thursday, July 11, starting at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria, followed by its regular monthly meeting.