Forestville board maintains status quo

FORESTVILLE – The status quo was more or less maintained during the Forestville Board of Education’s reorganizational meeting Thursday evening in the high school library.

Sylvester Cleary was unanimously approved to continue as board president for the 2013-2014 school year.

“I would like to thank my fellow board members because I really feel we have a very unique organization here in Forestville,” Cleary said. “And it’s attributed to all the dedication that you folks have. You folks make the president’s job look easy. But, it’s through your dedication and it’s through your commitment and love of the kids that gives me the inspiration to keep going. I’m looking forward to this coming year for some great things out of this board.”

A separate vote allowed Cleary to continue on as legislative liaison for the Chautauqua County School Boards Association.

Carol Woodward was also unanimously approved to continue on as vice president of the board. She also thanked her fellow board members for allowing her to serve in that regard.

One position that did change was the board clerk seat. After a unanimous vote, June Prince was given that role. She replaced Elenor Hebner, who retired at the previous meeting.

After reorganizing, the board unanimously approved the purchase of school buses at an estimated maximum cost not to exceed $224,000. The purchase was approved by voters as a proposition during the recent budget vote.

The board also approved a measure allowing the superintendent to enter into a contract with Silver Creek Central School for a shared transportation supervisor between the two districts. Silver Creek previously approved the measure on their end in a recent meeting.

As part of the reorganization, the Comprehensive District Educational Planning committee was eliminated from the list of committees for the upcoming school year.

“The reason for discontinuing the CDEP committee would be that the (Annual Professional Performance Review) legislation really has engulfed what was the bulk of the work for the committee,” Superintendent Charles Leichner said. “It no longer meets, so I don’t think we should fill it.”

A budget committee, which was declared a committee of the whole, was formed to take the place of the eliminated task force. The negotiations, policy and audit and finance committees were kept in place.

At the end of the meeting, the board entered into executive session to discuss a matter dealing with collective negotiations pursuant to a contract.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

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