Webutuck organizes for 2011-12
WEBUTUCK — During the annual reorganization meeting, the Webutuck Central School District Board of Education (BOE) members elected a president and vice president.Dale Culver was re-elected president and William McGhee was re-elected vice president.The board also swore in its three new members: Judy Moran, Kristen Panzer and Robert Trotta.Further appointments were made for additional positions. Girvin & Ferlazzo was named as the legal advisor. Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill was named as the independent auditor. Ray Preusser was named as the internal auditor. Hiscock & Barclay was named as the bond counsel. The Millerton News was named as the district’s official newspaper.The board also agreed on pay rates for short-term substitutes. These rates were decided by looking at the rates of similar schools in the area.The NECC/Webutuck gardenAt the end of the evening, the board made a temporary decision regarding the North East Community Center’s (NECC) proposal regarding the sale of produce grown in the garden located on the Webutuck campus.NECC runs an after-school/summer program with Webutuck students that teaches about agriculture, local farming, the science behind growing food, nutrition and the impact of nature such as worms or late frosts. By selling the produce grown in the garden, the students will also learn about the business practices, such as bookkeeping, that are required to run an agriculture business.The NECC proposed the creation of a small market to be held on Wednesdays on the grounds of the comunity center.The market would be held on Wednesdays to minimize competition with the Saturday Farmers Market, also held in Millerton.All funds raised by the students would be put into a separate account and used to refund the garden program during the next school year.Because of the time-sensitive nature of the decision due to the growing season, the BOE decided to grant NECC and the students permission to sell produce for two weeks. The issue will be raised again at the next BOE meeting held on Monday, July 18, so that the board members have more time to discuss the project.