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  • Penn Yan schools do administrative shuffle

  • With one principal taking advantage of a retirement incentive, Superintendent Ann Ornam plans to realign some administrative positions.

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  • When the 2009-2010 school year begins in Penn Yan Schools, students will see some different faces in the principal offices in the academy and middle school.
    David Pullen, wrapping up his second year as Penn Yan Middle School principal, will be moving across Liberty Street to be the principal in the academy, a position being vacated by Keith Matthews, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
    Rebecca Perrault, who has been assistant principal in the academy, will become the middle school principal. Warren Kinsey will remain in his current post as the middle school assistant principal.
    Tobin Tansey, the athletic director, will continue in that role and also take on the assistant academy principal responsibilities.
    Superintendent Ann Orman said her job description gives her the authority to realign administrative staff, and Matthews’s retirement gives her the opportunity to make a change that will save the school district some salary and benefit expenses.
    She said with the planned reduction of teams and interscholastic sports competitions, Tansey’s athletic director responsibilities will be reduced, allowing him to devote energy to other administrative areas in the academy.
    These administrative changes come on the heels of staff reductions in other areas of the budget, including teaching staff. In all, the district’s positions have been cut by nearly 20 positions.
    Many of the reductions have been accomplished through attrition, after retirement incentives were offered to most levels of staff and in cases where vacancies have not been filled. But there have been some instances of employees learning their jobs will be cut at the end of this year.
    “It has been difficult, but now we have a very sound budget, and I feel it’s very fiscally responsible,” said Orman, who has said on more than one occasion that she feels the staff reductions are “right sizing” rather than “down sizing.”
    The teaching portion of the budget is being reduced by $469,091.
    The board of education heard the administration’s last version of the proposed 2009-2010 budget on March 18. The new budget calls for $31.1 million in spending, which represents a 2.65 percent increase over the 2008-2009 budget. The tax levy is expected to increase 2.62 percent.
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