Penn Yan School Board approves teacher contract

Gwen Chamberlain The Chronicle-Express

The Penn Yan Central School Board of Education has unanimously approved an agreement with the Penn Yan Education Association, which represents 215 staff members.

Superintendent Howard Dennis explains terms of the three year contract, effective July 1 through June 30, 2023 include a 3% salary increase each year, an increase in the portion of health insurance costs paid by the employee, and/or incentives to move to lower cost plans for the district.

Teachers will work additional hours on a limited number of days throughout the year, and there will be other changes to alleviate the lack of substitutes. Also, there are adjustments to stipends.

Other business on the board’s agenda included:

Combined Football and Cheerleading program: An application for a combined football and cheerleading program between Penn Yan and Dundee Schools has been approved by the Penn Yan School Board of Education and will be submitted for approval by Section V.

The Dundee Board of Education approved the partnership in February. Student presentations, which will include a tentative schedule, are planned for both Boards of Education next week. Decisions about uniforms will be made after those meetings, and coaching staff will be appointed in May or June.

In the fall of 2019, the modified and junior varsity teams merged, with modified practices and games based in Dundee and junior varsity based in Penn Yan. The modified team used Dundee uniforms and equipment and the junior varsity team used Penn Yan uniforms and equipment. Penn Yan maintained its varsity squad and Dundee fielded an 8-man football team.

Penn Yan did not field a junior varsity team in 2018 or 2017. A team was planned for the 2016 season, but folded.

Around the same time, the Dundee and Penn Yan Junior Football programs combined due to declining participation.

The Penn Yan board of education approved the application without discussion.

• 2020–21 Budget: Assistant Superintendent for Business Cathy Milliman presented an update on the budget for the upcoming school year, focusing on the maintenance and transportation portions of the spending plan. The budget vote will include a request for $435,000 to purchase buses. At this stage, without knowing specifics about state aid, the budget reflects a spending increase of 3.32% and an increase of 3.07% in the total amount to be raised by local property taxes.