OLEAN – Colleen Taggerty’s contract as superintendent of the Olean City School District has been extended for one year, but details of the extension were not immediately available.
School Board members announced the contract extension, through June 30, 2016, after they met in a recent private executive session.
Also on the agenda were 15 resignations and retirements. Some of those positions will be refilled, but the number of them and which positions have not been determined, according to Taggerty.
In other action, the School Board adopted a fee schedule for impartial people, similar to judges, who are called upon from time to time to solve “situations” involving special-education students. State law requires school districts to pay these hearing officers, who are selected from a state approved list.
The Olean School Board voted to pay such impartial hearing officers $100 an hour for pre-hearing, hearing and post-hearing time spent on cases, unless those cases are dismissed.
The officers also will be compensated for automobile travel to the district at the accepted IRS mileage rate, or up to $400 round-trip in airfare, and up to $80 a night for lodging expenses.
The next meeting of the School Board is set for 6:30 p.m. June 18 in the board room of Olean High School, 410 W. Sullivan St.