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Indian Lake school has unsung heroes

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Updated: 8:08 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE - It’s a good idea to toot your own horn every once in a while. This is exactly what happened when Indian Lake Central School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization President John Boya addressed the Board of Education Tuesday, Jan. 15.

“The PTSO is on its eighth year of operation for the 2012/13 school year. Since we are an official school organization and we haven’t given you a review of what we’ve accomplished since 2006, we thought it would be appropriate for us to give you a brief overview of our successes from the past few years,” he said.

Boya was being modest, because the PTSO has had many successes.

Fundraisers for various events and projects have included selling fleece blankets in school colors, T-shirts and sweatshirts supporting Orange athletes, offering Spiritball at home basketball games and collecting Box Tops for Education and Target’s Red Card - Take Charge of Education Rewards.

Boya said during the past year the PTSO has supplied “the Garden Club with $107 in gardening supplies, $79.88 for four guitar bags, $255.60 for an Artist DVD/Book series, $106.20 for two new beanbag chairs for the fifth-grade reading corner, a Pre-K magazine subscription and $83.50 for resistance bands for the Physical Education Department.”

Boya said the PTSO couldn’t have done all it has without it being a collaborative effort among the PTSO, “businesses, parents, teachers, students and members of the community.”

The goal has always been, he said, “to help build community spirit, involvement, teacher appreciation and support.”

BUDGETING

Transportation Supervisor George Virgil reported that for the second year in a row all the buses passed state inspection.

Virgil said he will not be asking for any new buses this year, but if the board wants to stay on the bus replacement schedule he will be asking for a 30-passenger bus next year.

Business Manager Louann Tetrault said she expects to have a preliminary draft of the 2013/14 budget available for the BOE’s February meeting. But, she warned, as things now look the board could be faced with a 3.6 percent increase over the current budget.

A majority of the meeting was consumed by discussion on a social media policy and a generator.

The social media policy would establish guidelines for teachers who wish to use social media, primarily Facebook, as a tool to stay connected with students and parents.

The board held some discussion on its continuing desire to acquire a generator. It is now considering purchasing a smaller, less expensive one that could at the very least power some lights, heating and refrigeration during power outages.

No conclusions were reached on either topic.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The board approved a change order on the building project. Four emergency lights will be installed in the lobbies of the newly installed elevators.

• The board approved two fundraiser requests from the Travel Club. Members will sell Avon for a 30 percent commission, and the club will receive a percentage of purchases made at schoolstore.com website.

The ILCS BOE will next meet in the cafeteria Tuesday, Feb. 12, starting at 7 p.m.

     

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