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— The board will have a better understanding of its budget and staffing status by the time of its July 9 reorganizational meeting, at which time this issue may be resolved, Dubik said.

“The board is appreciative to listen to all teacher and parent concerns,” Dubik said. “As at all board meetings, we will take that into consideration and I will make a recommendation to the board at the July meeting.”

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Heard from Dubik that the Cazenovia High School graduation rate for the 2011-12 school year was 94 percent, which was the third highest in the 23-district Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES system. The average OCM BOCES district graduation rate is 87.8 percent. Cazenovia’s graduation rate was 96 percent for the 2010-11 school year, and 90 percent for the 2009-10 school year.

—Ratified an agreement with the Cazenovia United Educators Union that calls for a 2 percent pay increase for teachers for the 2013-14 school year. The agreement was previously voted on and approved by the CUE on June 4.

—Ratified an agreement with the Cazenovia Administrators and Supervisors Association that calls for a 2 percent pay increase for district administrators for the 2013-14 school year. The union previously agreed to this in its contract.

—Reviewed the correct process that a district principal must adhere to when a student is given out-of-school suspension. The board agreed to change the wording of the process from stating that parents “may request” an informal conference with the principal to stating that parents “have the right” to an informal conference.

—Approved Tetra tech consulting and engineering firm as the architect for the district’s bus lift replacement project. That project, for which district voters recently approved the expenditure of up to $100,000, is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of August and should cost about $88,000, said Bill Furlong, assistant superintendent for business and finance.

—Approved the updated middle school student handbook.

—Scheduled its annual reorganizational meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the board of education meeting room.

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

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