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Proposed J-D athletics budget drops slightly

The Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education reviewed the proposed 2009/10 budget for athletics at its Feb. 9 meeting. The budget reflects a 3 percent reduction of overall expenditures, according to the meeting minutes.

In order for savings to occur, there have been reductions in the number of contests for most sports, in the coach conference budget and in supplies and facility rental.

Additionally, there are travel restrictions and no purchase of equipment or uniforms.

These changes, according to the minutes, enable the district to decrease expenses for the athletic department while maintaining all programs within the athletic budget.

Science Olympiad

The J-D High School Science Olympiad team placed second in the regional competition held over the first weekend in February. Superintendent Alice Kendrick congratulated the team members as well as their advisors, Michael Keenan and Larry Stroh. The state competition at West Point will be held the weekend of March 20.

Volunteer Service Awards

Kendrick also congratulated J-D High School students who were named recipients of the Volunteer Service Award. They were honored the week prior at the annual Community Achievement Awards sponsored by the United Way of Central New York. Principal Paul Gasparini and social studies teacher Donna Oppedisano attended the event, too.

BOE vacancies

Three vacancies on the board of education will need to be filled by a vote on Tuesday May 19. Julie Comanici, John McLoughlin and Jill Walsh's terms expire June 30. Anyone interested in running for the board must submit a petition for nomination, which requires 23 resident signatures. Petitions are currently available, call 445-8304.

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