Penn Yan School bids farewell to Orman

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Ann Orman gets a hug from Elementary Principal Ed Bronson at the school board meeting on Feb. 4 when mid year retirees were honored.

Retirements and reassignments were on the agenda for the Penn Yan School Board Feb. 4 and the result is the reduction of the Middle School assistant principal position.

The board unanimously agreed to change Marcie Ware’s assignment from elementary school assistant principal to elementary principal at a salary of $85,000. She will replace the retiring principal, Ed Bronson, who leaves the post at the end of the school year. There will be no change to her tenure or seniority status.

The board also unanimously agreed to reassign Warren Kinsey to the elementary school assistant principal position from the Middle School position. There will be no change to his tenure or seniority status and he continues on his current salary schedule.

The changes are effective July 1.

The meeting also was the final meeting in Superintendent Ann Orman’s career at the district.

In December the board hired Thomas Cox to serve as the district’s interim superintendent at a perdiem salary of $495 per day for the anticipated period of employment from Feb. 5 through June 30.(See a letter from Cox on page A4).

The deadline to apply for the superintendent post is Feb. 11, and screening  begins Feb. 18.

Screenings and interviews will be held in March and by April 1, the board will narrow the applicants to three finalists. Those three will each visit the school district for a full day in April and the board of education will make a selection in mid April, with an appointment expected by April 27 and a starting date of July 1, 2011.

Orman and several other retirees were recognized by the board of education and other administrators. Other retirees who were honored were: Shar Briggs, teaching assistant; Bob Brown, custodial worker; JoAnn Burg, head cook; Dale Legg, keyboard specialist; Irv Nielsen, custodial worker; Eric Shriver, custodian and Steve Wetmore, custodian.

Other business at the Feb. 4 school board meeting included:

• BUDGET: A review of the expenditure side of the 2011-2012 budget.

• BRANCHPORT BUILDING: The school board agreed to accept assignment of the purchase contract for the Branchport School building from the Finger Lakes Visitors Association to the Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum.

• TAX REDUCTION RESERVE: The board established a tax reduction reserve fund using proceeds from the anticipated sale of the property. The fund will be used to reduce real property taxes over up to 10 years.