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March 25, 2010

CCS names new superintendent



During the Cooperstown Central School Board of Education meeting last week, BOE President Anthony Scalici revealed that the district has offered the superintendent position to Hudson Falls principal C.J. Hebert.

Scalici announced that the district has offered Hebert the position as its new superintendent pending the successful negotiation of a contract.

He said the board anticipates making a formal appointment at its meeting on April 7. It is anticipated that Hebert will begin work on July 1, according to Scalici.

Superintendent Mary Jo McPhail, who has been at CCS for 12 years, will be retiring at the end of the school year.

During the second presentation of the 2010-11 budget, McPhail said a few revisions have been made reducing the overall budget by 2.75 percent, from $16,252,158 to $16,093,415. The new proposed budget total shows a reduction of $158,743 compared to the first proposed draft.

According to McPhail, the additional reductions made include the reduction of JV baseball due to lack of enrollment, a series of extra curricular advisors that will not impact the current offerings and removing the purchase of a bus to a separate proposition that will be voted on by the public during the same time as the proposed budget. McPhail said board members decided not to rejoin the New York State School Board Association, so the district will no longer have to pay the dues for that. Salary adjustments have also been made to accommodate a retirement and a staff member who will be remaining, said McPhail.

The technology program was given another look and McPhail said a decision was made to continue to offer the three most popular courses based on enrollment on a part-time basis.

The changes will impact the average tax levy by about 7.2 percent, according to McPhail.

The board went into executive session to discuss additional matters regarding staff. Scalici said the second presentation of the proposed budget does not represent anything that was said during executive discussion.

According to Scalici, the meeting was held to discuss personnel and to investigate unanswered questions. No final decisions were made, he said. The board plans to adopt the proposed budget on April 7. A hearing will take place on May 5 and members of the community will have the chance to vote on Tuesday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sterling Auditorium.

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