Districts begin merging food service

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education on Tuesday took the first formal steps toward combining the district’s food-service program with a similar program run by the Greater Johnstown School District.

The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which already has helped the cities’ districts to combine their transportation programs, also is assisting the districts in the food-service consolidation.

The Gloversville school board on Tuesday transferred the functions and titles of district food service director and food service typist to BOCES, effective July 1.

“That’s part of our regionalization plan,” board President Peter Semione said after the meeting.

He said he anticipates the Johnstown school district will take similar action by July.

HFM?BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel told the Gloversville board in April that combining the cities’ school food programs will be similar to the two districts’ collaboration on transportation. The districts share the Gloversville bus garage on Route 29A.

Michel said the two districts would save at least $100,000 to $200,000 in the first year of the program. By the start of the 2013-14 school year, he said, BOCES could begin to implement a consolidation of the rest of the food-services programs. He said he anticipates “significant savings” by combining the programs.

In similar action, the board transferred the function and titles of bus drivers, bus attendants to BOCES, effective July 1.

The board approved a new union contract with the district’s 30-member Office Personnel Association. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2012, and it runs through June 30, 2017. Specific terms of the memorandum of agreement were not provided by the district Tuesday night, but Superintendent Michael Vanyo said there’s no increase in the salary schedule.

In personnel items, the board accepted the retirements with “regret” of 17-year McNab Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Deborah Hoffman and 15-year Boulevard Elementary School teaching assistant Gloria Wadd. Both retirements are effective June 30.

The resignation of head softball coach Bruce Bump, effective April 24, also was officially accepted by the board.

Michael Anich can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com