Penn Yan Schools Report: BOCES, budget, and new scholarship

Howard Dennis, Penn Yan School Superintendent

Penn Yan’s Board of Education met April 14 for its regular meeting.  There were a number of important decisions and actions taken at this meeting.  

First, the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Vicky Ramos was in attendance to discuss Penn Yan’s involvement in the programs at BOCES and how these programs save Penn Yan money while offering broader opportunities to our students then we would be able to offer doing on our own.  Penn Yan student Molly Pullen also shared her success in the New Visions Medical Careers program.  

The final update of the 2021-22 school budget was shared and the Board approved the final proposal to send to the voters May 18.  The budget includes a 1.54% tax increase. More information will be sent to District residents soon.  The Board discussed Federal and State stimulus dollars that were included in the most recent State budget.  These dollars are one time funds that have stipulations attached to them in how they can be used.  The Board will continue to look at the best way to utilize these funds without creating costs that will have to be incurred by the taxpayers in the future.  Initially, it will reduce the amount of reserve funds necessary to balance the budget and guarantee the long term stability of the District’s financial situation.  

A new scholarship has been established in memory of Penn Yan Academy teacher, the late John Lambrosa.

Also approved at the meeting was the John Lambrosa scholarship.  Mr. Lambrosa was a long time Health Teacher at PYA and a very active member of the Penn Yan Community.  Many local people remember him and have fond memories of learning in his class.  The annual $400 scholarship is to be given in his memory by his widow and friends to a graduating senior who is a good student and involved in community service, as well as planning to further their education to become a Health Teacher or a Guidance Counselor.

Thank you for your continued support.

Superintendent Howard Dennis