Bond’s reissue aids Avoca school taxes

Andrew Poole
Avoca Central School

Reissuing a decade-old bond will save the Avoca school district $30,000 annually over the next eight years.

The board of education voted unanimously to reissue a 2002 bond at Tuesday’s meeting. The bond was for construction of an elementary wing at the school in the early 2000s, according to Superintendent Richard Yochem.

The district has eight more years to pay off the bond, he added.

The $30,000 savings will go into effect with the 2012-2013 budget.

In other business, the board:

Heard Yochem say that any information given to board members that will be discussed during open meetings will be available to the public on the school’s website. Yochem said board members receive packets 72 hours before meetings. This is a requirement of a new state law signed into effect by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 3.

Accepted with regret the resignation of Don Lester, effective June 22. Yochem said Lester was a teaching assistant with the school since 2002, and has been an excellent employee and educator.

Heard Yochem invited school board President John Armstrong and Vice President Brian Patterson to attend a Jan. 25 presentation on region-wide transportation at the West High School in Corning.

Approved a cheerleading overnight trip to Utica from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4.

Approved the senior overnight trip to Boston from May 4 to May 6.

Approved adding Steve Sutfin, Abigail Calafiore, Rachel Krohn, Jessica Adams, and Suzanne Luckenbach as substitutes.

Conducted final readings of instructional and student policies in the board of education policy manual.