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Luehmann recognized for her years of service

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Education

State funding uncertainty and transportation costs for the 2011-2012 school year were among the topics of discussion facing the Fillmore Central School Board at their regular monthly meeting on June 21, 2011. The board also recognized Myrna Luehmann for her years as superintendent of Fillmore Central schools.

Luehmann presented the board with an operating budget for the coming school year, explaining that because the state has not reached a budget compromise, the district is dealing with "a lot of unknowns here." By using general numbers and attempting to anticipate the coming year's expenses and revenue, the superintendent told the board that the district will most likely have to borrow money in order to cover their costs next year. However, in the words of board member John Torgrimson, "We really don't know what we'll need to borrow because we don't have a budget."

Finances also dominated the transportation committee's report. The committee, which met recently with school transportation employees, explored various options for cutting costs next year. Potential choices include rescheduling or eliminating one afternoon shuttle between Harmony and Preston, cutting bus routes, reducing the number of in-town bus pickups, or negotiating transportation of outlying rural students. "We look at transportation as a privilege," Torgrimson commented. "There are no easy answers to our transportation issues." Fellow board member Craig Britton agreed, noting that some discrepancy exists over whether or not the extra shuttle is actually full on most runs. The shuttle was added near the end of last year as an extra resource for seventh and eighth graders. Although cutting regular bus routes and in-town pickups could save significant amounts of money, either measure could increase the amount of time students spend riding to over one hour. Board member Shelly Topness voiced concerns about younger students spending long amounts of time on the bus, adding that it could cost the district in open enrollees. Torgrimson said he believed that as Fillmore Central's programming becomes more "dynamic," more students will transfer their enrollment and help solve some transportation issues. The board postponed any definitive action on transportation financing.

The school board also presented Superintendent Myrna Luehmann with a plaque in recognition of her years of service to Fillmore Central Schools. Luehmann spent nine years as superintendent, summing up a 34-year career with the district. "I'd like to thank everyone for your hard work and dedication," Luehmann said, acknowledging the board's gift. Her last day as superintendent was Wednesday, June 22.

Other items of business included:

-Hiring Sara Niemeyer (first grade), Kyle Rundquist (fifth grade), Jon Haug (elementary custodian), Nancy Back (high school media assistant), Jordyn Marzolf (SAC assistant), and Laurie Hendrickson and Darla Ebner (junior high volleyball coaches)

-Approving the budget for Title 1 summer school in August, for which 16 students have already registered

-Passing an increase in school lunch fees by $0.10

-Approving the tenure of teachers Mary Beth Armstrong, Julie Siebenaler, and Brian Wolfgram

-Hearing and accepting changes in the K-6 and 7-12 handbooks for the 2011-2012 school year.

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