Dunkirk School Board member stepping down after 3 years

After three years of serving on the Dunkirk Board of Education, one member will step down at the end of his term, which expires at the end of the month.

Dr. Matthew Fountain decided not to seek re-election to another term earlier this year. During a recent meeting, the board unanimously approved a resolution thanking Fountain for his service, while stating he “has energetically, devotedly and conscientiously worked for the welfare of the city school pupils of the Dunkirk City School District …”

“I’ve had an enjoyable time being on the board and I’ve learned a lot of things about how the school is being run. I’ve also learned a lot from the superintendent and my fellow board members; it’s been a great group of people to work with,” Fountain said.

Superintendent Gary Cerne and the rest of the board members gave a round of applause to their outgoing colleague during the meeting. Cerne said it has “been a pleasure” working with Fountain.

“We’re going to miss you on the board here and we’re all wishing you well. Thank you for all the time and effort you’ve spent on the board,” Cerne told him.

Board President Kenneth Kozlowski agreed, adding even though there were some “hectic times,” Fountain continued to put in the work.

Also during the meeting, a project for roof and masonry reconstruction at School Seven was awarded to Allgaier Construction of Clarence Center for $39,900. Allgaier was the lower of two bidders.

The board approved the purchase of a 2014 Ford F-350 truck with plow capability for a total cost not to exceed $32,000. The truck is coming from Van Bortel Ford of East Rochester.

Various staffing positions were filled, including the following: Heather Flores of Fredonia, Michael Thompson of Fredonia and Jennifer Scibilia of Blasdell as elementary teachers at salaries of $43,173, $40,565 and $42,285, respectively; Amanda Sullivan of Hamburg as reading teacher at $43,843 per year; Susan Kurgan of Fredonia as certified occupational therapy assistant at $39,579; and Donna Pucciarelli of Fredonia as business teacher at $55,990.

A number of resignations, most for the purpose of retirement, were approved, including: Jeannine Peterson as typist; Paula Passafaro as school psychologist/CSE chair; Brian Kader as assistant football coach; Geraldine Grace as teacher aide; and Suzanne Merle and Jane Halas-Dudek as registered nurses.

Pricing for full payment second meals increased slightly due to higher operating costs and federal regulations, with a 25-cent increase in prices for elementary and secondary breakfasts and lunches effective Sept. 1.

First meals remain unaffected, but the district is seeking approval under the Community Eligibility Provision to qualify all students for a free first meal. Results should come through by the end of the month.

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