Express News Staff
LONG LAKE - The Annual Professional Perform-ance Review Plan at Long Lake Central School will soon go into effect.
Superintendent Mary Jo Dickerson told the Board of Education Thursday, Dec. 13, that the state Education Department has approved the plan for the 2012/13 school year.
The letter from SED Commissioner John B. King Jr. concludes with, “I look forward to continuing our work together with the goal of ensuring that every school has world-class educators in the classroom, every teacher has a world-class principal to support his or her professional growth and every student achieves college and career readiness.”
Dickerson said Long Lake was one of the first schools in the area to have its plan approved.
Budget worries are now a year-round fact of life for school, town and county boards because of unfunded mandates and the 2 percent cap on increases to their tax levies.
Business Manager Vicky Snide updated the BOE on the 2013/14 preliminary budget she is putting together for an early public hearing in February.
Snide said she expects health insurance premiums to rise by 8 percent and has started comparing the price of fuel oil between the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services and state contracts.
Currently the school purchases fuel oil through the BOCES at a fixed rate. Snide said the state contract offers only a fluctuating rate, but the current fluctuating rate from the state is 25 cents cheaper than the current BOCES fluctuating rate.
A large item each year is salaries, and Snide recommended the board begin salary negotiations as soon as possible so she has real numbers with which to work.
CLASS OF 2013
Class of 2013 representatives Meg Smith, Emily Waters and Prudence Dechene presented the BOE with a signed letter thanking it and Dickerson “for all the work you have done for us - for making our senior year the best it can be - and for the opportunity to plan a senior experience to New Orleans at no cost to us.”
To show their appreciation, Smith said, “We have conducted a fund-raiser as a class and raised over $500 for a gift we intend to give to the school at the end of the year.”
How best to use this gift will be determined between the students and the board.
In other business, Chip Farr was approved as a volunteer assistant coach for the boys’ modified and varsity basketball teams and the girls’ varsity basketball team.
The board will next meet Thursday, Jan. 10, starting at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.