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The Dansville Online
  • Way-Co board discusses Section V travel expense savings

  • In an effort to curb school budget expenses, local districts are looking at saving costs in all areas. One area in which the 22 districts within the Genesee Valley Educational Partnerships region is discussing is in Section V transportation.

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  • In an effort to curb school budget expenses, local districts are looking at saving costs in all areas. One area in which the 22 districts within the Genesee Valley Educational Partnerships region is discussing is in Section V transportation.
    Wayland-Cohocton Superintendent Michael Wetherbee addressed some options for his district during the Way-Co board of education regular meeting June 18.
    He proposed to the board four areas in which the 22 school district superintendents in the GVEP region have discussed saving costs.
    The first three of the four are already being done at Wayland-Cohocton, Wetherbee said.
    • Limit cheerleaders to home games.
    • Try to limit modified team travel distance to 25 miles one way at no more than 10 contests per year. Wetherbee noted the distance shouldn’t be a hard and fast 25 miles, since there aren’t a lot of other schools within that limit.
    • Try to create a schedule that allows low-participation sports to travel with another school.
    • Participation in sectional play should be limited to teams that are seeded in the top eight of its class or with a greater than 30 percent winning rate. Wetherbee noted that this does not count sports with individual scoring methods such as swimming and wrestling.
    Wetherbee also said that denying low-seeded teams the opportunity to play could be a controversial move in the community.
    The cost savings these four options provide  the 22 schools in the region overall wouldn’t be extraordinary, Wetherbee also said, but is “the first bite of the apple.” If this type of action is done throughout the state overall, “it could be dramatic.” While the 22 GVEP superintendents seem to be on board with this proposal, it doesn’t mean that their boards will agree to them.
    In other business, the board:
     
    • Officially abolished 8.5 positions per the 2012-13 budget vote approval, and recommended the restoration of a proposed cut to an elementary art position due to more positive state revenue projections.
    • Set a date for its annual reoganizational meeting for July 3. A new board president will be appointed at that time. Current board president David Wallace has decided to step down after 11 years of service, six of which have been as president. For his service, the board presented him with a wooden clock.
    • Discussed use of the pool during the summer by Mercury Aquatics Swim Club, a not-for-profit organization that provides competitive swimming programs for youth.

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