As Penn Yan School Superintendent Ann Orman’s retirement date nears, candidates for the position number in the double digits

School Board President Jeff Morehouse reported that the number of people that are considered “people of interest” for the soon to be vacant superintendent of schools position is in the double digits.

Morehouse said Dr. Joseph Marinelli of BOCES, who is managing the superintendent search project, has told him that other applications are expected before the deadline of Feb. 11.
Applicants for the job will be screened and interviewed in February and March. The plan is for the school board to make an appointment in April and for the new superintendent to start working on July 1.

Other business at the Jan. 12 meeting included:

• BUDGET: In a preliminary look at the 2011-2012 Penn Yan School Budget, Assistant Superintendent for Business Doug Tomandl is advising the Board of Education he expects a reduction of about $212,000 or about 1.5 percent in state aid. He also told the board he expects the district to not receive aid similar to the $1.25 million in gap elimination adjustment aid that was provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Tomandl gave a presentation that included a look at the past five year’s spending plans at the board’s Jan. 12 meeting.

He noted that since 2006-’07, state aid increased every year except this year. The district’s general fund spending has increased every year since 2006, with the biggest jump occurring between 2006-’07 and 2007-’08. The tax levy changes over that five year period have ranged from a decrease of 1.4 percent in 2007-’08 to a 3.4 percent increase for this school year.
In the five years, the district’s enrollment has decreased from 1926 students to over 1600 students.

• ACADEMY DEDICATION: Board Vice President Kathy Guenther announced a dedication of the renovated academy building will be held on Jan. 28.

• AUDIT: Tomandl also gave a report on the status of the corrective action plans for the external audit.

• DONATIONS: The board accepted donations from several groups, including donations for Academic Excellence Day; $2,000 from the class of 2011 to the Yearbook Club; $5,000 from Melissa Lamphier for the Dale and Dorie Pielow Memorial Award and $350 in gifts for the Coach Edward L. Pond Memorial Scholarship.

• RETIREMENT: The board accepted the June 30 retirement submitted by Penn Yan Elementary Principal Edward Bronson. He has worked for the school district since 1979.