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Board of Ed hears good five-year forecast

June 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The five-year forecast was brought up at last week's Board of Education meeting, and the picture it painted was a healthy one. Board Treasurer Patty Prince said there was a deficit spending in next year's forecast, but the district will still have a healthy carry-over.

Among the key situations keeping the district financially stable is the health insurance.

"Since fall, we have not had an increase," Prince said. "Our forecast had estimated for one."

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Superintendent Alex Geordan issues Cody Piver his medal that was earned as a state qualifier in the seated 100-meter race. He attended last week’s board of education meeting wearing his letterman’s jacket. Piver will be a sophomore at CHS this fall.

She said keeping the insurance costs down plays a big part in the budget, even with one item going downward.

"Real estate taxes went down," she said. "I have a call into the auditor's office and they are looking into it."

Another positive note is in enrollment. Superintendent Alex Geordan said at present, there are 95 kindergarten students registered in each elementary building.

"That number is up and we are not done enrolling yet," he said.

Geordan also showed off a new device that will be installed on every door in all four school buildings. The device, known as the Anchor Man, will allow teachers to easily close a door and secure it to prevent any access.

"If we go to lock down, the device can secure the door and it would be impossible to open. Our safety forces will have a special tool to open the door lock if need be."

The devices are being paid for mostly through a grant. Both the fire department and police department gave their approval for the device.

On a final matter, the board unanimously approved drug testing and nicotine screening for students driving to school and those participating in athletics an after school activities. While the approval was given to do the testing, a meeting was set for earlier this week to work out the details.

Geordan said the testing would be for a 12-panel urine drug test and a nicotine screening. The cost would be $12.50 per students and the recommendation is to raise the high school parking passes by $10 to help cover the costs.

The testing came from a committee that recommended it. Geordan said follicle testing that other schools do requires taking 50 strands of hair. He said that type of test always gets a lot of push back from young ladies with long hair.

On a different matter, the board honored the spring student athletes as follows:

From Boys Tennis: Sirin Nalluri and Noah Zoldan being named First Team All-AAC, and the entire team who achieved recognition as All American Red Division Champions.

From the Softball Team: Mary Gomez and Kalin Kovach being named First Team All-AAC.

From the Baseball Team: Brayden Beck, Dominic Pilolli Jad Jadallah, and Brent Herrmann, who were all named to the First Team All-AAC. Herrmann was also named Player of the Year.

From Girls Lacrosse: Mara Guerrieri was named First Team All Region, and the entire team for being All-Region Semi-finalists.

From Girls Track: Kate Ross, Camryn Kohout, and Alli Malinky for being named First Team All-AAC in the 4x800 relay, and Ashley Ventimiglia for being named First Team All-AAC in the 3200-meter run.

From the Boys Track Team, Giovanni Copploe for being named First Team All-AAC and was a state qualifier, and Cody Piver being named a state qualifier.



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