F-F school board picks president

FONDA – At Fonda-Fultonville Central School District’s Board of Education organizational meeting Monday, board members elected Tim Wendell to be president for the 2013-14 school year.

“This is exciting and it’s an honor,” Wendell said regarding his election. “I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but I’m ready for it.”

At the meeting, Wendell told the board his goal is to review all of the district’s policies for 2013-14. Wendell said he wants the board to be “comfortable with all of the policies.”

At the meeting, Matt Sullivan and Bonnie Couture took the oath of office to serve their terms.

In May, Sullivan was re-elected to his school board seat with 565 votes. Couture was elected after receiving 12 write-in votes.

At the meeting, Sullivan was chosen to be vice president of the board for 2013-14.

Board members also approved agreements relating to the upcoming school year.

The agreements included:

Keeping the tuition for non-residents of the Fonda-Fultonville district the same, at $4,117.

Increasing the prices of the school’s breakfast and lunch by 5 cents due to federal nutrition guidelines to add more whole grains to the student’s diets, officials said.

Approving a substitute teacher reimbursement rate list and agreeing to revisit the list to clarify issues.

Board members said they requested an updated list of substitute teachers because the older one was outdated. Board members also questioned whether the substitutes were getting paid enough compared to other school districts in the area.

Wireless deal

The board also approved an agreement with Deep Blue Communications to provide high-speed wireless internet access, monitoring, authentication and costumer support to the Fonda-Fultonville High School on a five-year contract. The cost will be $29,115 for the equipment and installation fees.

District Treasurer Carey Shultz said the middle and elementary schools will be next to have the wireless internet installed. The equipment and installation in the building for the middle and elementary schools would cost $58,000, he said.

The board members approved the plan but agreed to return to the topic at the next meeting because there was confusion regarding additional maintenance costs.

The school board is scheduled to meet again July 29 at 6:30 p.m.