OLEAN – A new year has started for the Olean City School Board. New officers and annual appointments topped the agenda of Tuesday night’s meeting.
Taking the gavel as president for the new year is Michael Martello, whose term as a member of the board comes to a close in June 2015. Taking the vice presidential role is John Bartimole. His board term expires in 2016.
Michiko McElfresh and James Padlo were sworn in to their new terms of office. Padlo was re-elected, and McElfresh was on the board previously. Their new terms will expire in 2018.
In the new school year, Colleen Taggerty, district superintendent, said, the board will face challenges in “maintaining a sound budget process to ensure solvency; ... responding to the continuation of unfunded mandates; completion of the capital project; and working with the entire school community to improve student achievement results.”
School breakfast prices will see a 10-cent rise in the coming year. High school prices will go from $1.30 to $1.40; grades 4 through 8, $1.20 to $1.30; and elementary prices will go from $1.15 to $1.25. Adults will pay $1.91 plus tax in the coming year.
Lunches also will see hikes, raising high school lunches from $1.90 to $2, grades 4 through 8 will be $1.90, elementary will be $1.85, and adults will pay $3.64 plus tax.
Both lunch and breakfast will have free and reduced applications to start the year. The price of half-pints of milk will remain 50 cents.
Cost for district uses of the school for other than school-related activities, during school hours, will remain free, with the exception of the pool. Pool usage at that time will be $20 an hour, as previously charged, for lifeguard duties.
After school hours, usage of the facilities will be $28 if the event does not charge admission, $38 if it does.