The Dundee Central School senior class is now in a very good place financially, according to District Superintendent Kelly Houck, reporting that donations of more than $7,240 have been made since it was discovered the class funds were unaccounted for. Members of the class had been raising funds for special class activities. In late 2016, school district officials became aware the funds were no longer available. The teacher who was the class advisor has resigned. An investigation by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office is still open, according to Lt. Scott Backer.
Other business at the meeting included:
• STATE AID Increased state aid won’t have an impact on the tax levy for the budget proposed for the 2017–18 school year in Dundee. When the school budget was completed before the state budget approval, Business Manager Melissa Lawson said if state aid projections increased, the district could reduce the amount of reserve funds that will be used to offset the tax levy.
• CONTRACTS: The board unanimously approved new four-year contracts with the Dundee Teachers Association and the Dundee Administrators Association. The contracts are effective from July 1 through June 30, 2021.The administrators will receive salary increases totalling 15 percent over the four year contract, while the teachers will receive salary increases of 13 percent over the four years. Each of the contracts include health insurance concessions.
• RESIGNATION: The board accepted, with regret, the resignation of fellow board member Kristen VanValkenburg, who explained the decision to leave with two years still on her term was not an easy one. “I feel very honored to have had the privilege to have worked with a highly functioning school board,” she said, adding that serving on the board has been a great learning experience, and even if she’s not a board member she will continue to work for the benefit of the school district.
• UPCOMING MEETINGS: The board will hold a meet the candidate night and budget hearing at 6 p.m. May 2. So far, four individuals have completed petitions for the four board seats that are up for election, including the one previously held by VanValkenburg. Other seats up for election are held by Jared Webster, Andy Simmons, and James Hill. Webster and Simmons are running for re-election, while Hill has indicated he won’t seek re-election. Petitions have been submitted by Kevin Crofoot and Robert Neu.
The Annual District meeting, when school district residents will vote on the budget and for school board members, will be held May 16.
The board’s next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 11 in the public meeting room.