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August 29, 2013

School district discusses board vacancy

The process for appointing a new member of the Oneonta City School Board of Education was detailed at Wednesday’s regular session. It was held in the district offices.

The board had previously accepted the resignation of Rosalie Higgins effective Sept. 14.

According to the resolution Wednesday, letters of interested parties must be received by District Clerk Eileen Lishansky, at her office at 31 Center Street, no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 11.

The board is expected to make an appointment at its Sept. 25 meeting.

Since Wednesday was Higgins’ final meeting that she is expected to attend, board President Jamie Reynolds said: “I just wanted to thank you so much for your efforts.” With Higgins playing an important role on such committees as finance and audit, “the district has navigated through these times a lot better because you were part of the process,” he said.

In other business, school energy program manager Janice Pidgeon said the school has saved $1,333,074 in the six years it has been involved with the initiative. This is a 31-percent savings over what otherwise would have been spent on energy.

The school is no longer under contract on the program. However the company it had used, now called Cenergistic, continues to offer support, she said.

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