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School board begins preparation for superintendent search

— —Was asked by a resident for an update on the status of the number of class sections anticipated for the incoming third grade class at Burton Street. In June, parents and teachers addressed their concerns to the board that an increase by at least five new students to third grade will increase class sizes, especially because the district had previously decided to eliminate one third grade section, thereby having four classes instead of five.

Dubik responded that he is waiting to hear about a possible resignation in the district, which, if it occurs, would free up already-budgeted funding to possibly retain the fifth third grade position. “I can’t give you an answer yet; I was wishing I could,” Dubik said.

—Heard from Bill Furlong, assistant superintendent for business and finance, that the district ended the 2012-13 school year with a $19,000 deficit (a 20 percent decrease) in its school lunch fund as a result of the new state and federal lunch standards. The higher cost of the healthier food and the elimination of the foods kids like to eat caused a huge drop in student participation.

This is the first time Cazenovia has ever had a deficit in its lunch program, he said. At the end of the 2011-12 school year, the district had a $20,000 surplus, which means a swing of nearly $40,000, Furlong said. Because of the program’s financial downturn, the district will most likely raise school lunch and breakfast costs for the 2013-14 school year, the exact numbers of which the board will be give at its August meeting, Furlong said.

—Approved new non-resident tuition rates and payment schedule for the district. The board unanimously agreed to increase the tuition for grades kindergarten through six to $3,200 (from $2,641) and for grades seven through 12 to $4,200 (from $3,149). The board also designated that full tuition payment must be received by the district on or before Sept. 1 or, if a student enters in mid-year, full payment must be received immediately upon enrollment and no later than the day prior to the student’s first day of attendance.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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