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February 27, 2014

Oneonta school board welcomes interim member

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — A new board member was welcomed and more information on the upcoming budget was presented Wednesday at the regular meeting of the Oneonta City School District Board of Education, held at Oneonta High School.

Karen A. Brown was appointed through June 30 to fill the vacancy from Grace Larkin’s recent resignation. Brown, director of admissions at the State University College at Oneonta, said while it is too early to say for sure, she is leaning toward running for election in May to fill the seat permanently.

Superintendent Joseph Yelich said he would be meeting with principals to discuss staffing and enrollment as part of determining expenses. Budget manager Lisa Weeks explained how under the state’s property tax cap, the budget can have a maximum tax levy increase of no more than 1.78 percent to pass with a simple majority.

In other business, High School Principal Thomas Brindley gave a presentation about some of the achievements of his students in arts, academics and athletics. This included recognition that the school has six scholar-athlete teams this year.

Also the district accepted an $8,356 dollar donation from the Greater Plans PTO for an audio/video projection system.