David Hamilton, Penn Yan School agree on contract

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
David Hamilton (left) and Jeff Morehouse, president of the Penn Yan School Board of Education shake hands after signing Hamilton’s contract.

The Penn Yan Central School Board of Education and David Hamilton have agreed on an employment contract for the district’s new superintendent.

The board of education unanimously approved Hamilton’s three-year contract at last week’s board meeting, and Hamilton and Board President Jeff Morehouse signed the document immediately. His first year's salary will be $126,000.

Hamilton comes to the Penn Yan School District from Gates-Chili Central School District, where he has been serving as executive director of instruction since 2007. He has also been a junior high school principal, assistant principal, director of student performance and music teacher.

Other business conducted at the May 4 board meeting included:

• BUDGET: No one from the public commented on the proposed 2011-’12  $31.3 million school budget during the public hearing that was held as part of the meeting. Assistant Superintendent for Business Doug Tomandl presented an outline of the budget. He said the proposed budget is the first spending plan in several years that includes a reduction in overall spending. Despite that reduction, however, the local tax levy is increasing by 2.88 percent. Last year, the tax levy increased by 3.4 percent, and over the past five years, the average increase has been 1.42.

Voters will consider the fate of the proposed spending plan at the annual school budget election on May 17.

If the budget is turned down by voters, the school board may elect to adopt a contingent budget. According to Tomandl, the state formula used to establish a contingent budget would result in a spending plan of $31 million. When a school district is operating under a contingent budget, student supplies, certain equipment and certain salary increases are affected. Additionally, community use of buildings and grounds would not be available for use by the community without a charge.

• DEAN OF STUDENTS: The board agreed to appoint Brian Hobart as the Middle School Dean of Students, effective Sept. 1 at a base salary of $36,975 plus a contractual stipend of $1,200. The Dean of Students position is a new position added after the Assistant Principal position in the Middle School was eliminated.