School staff retires,
WARRENSBURG - Several pending retirements, approved Aug. 9 by the Warrensburg Central School Board are likely to accomplish two aims - benefit the retirees while offering savings to taxpayers, school officials said.
The following retirement notices were accepted by the board: School District Treasurer Valerie Smith has opted to take the board's offer of an early retirement, effective Aug. 7, based on an enhanced state-sponsored incentive. Retirements were also approved for business office secretary Hilda Vroman effective Aug. 31, head mechanic Dana Robichaud effective Aug. 27, and elementary teacher Trudi Egan effective July 15. The board also rescinded prior retirements for three teachers under the standard retirement arrangement and approved their retirement under the state option, for Robert Brown, Nancy Hill, Gerald Howe. The dual action allowed the three teachers to be credited with three additional years of service which boosts their retirement income, WCS superintendent of schools Tim Lawson said Monday.
The positions of Valerie Smith and Hilda Vroman will be filled as administrative assistant positions and will be filled from Warren County's civil service list of eligible applicants, he said. The salaries or Smith and Vroman's replacements will be in the $30,000 range, a decrease of about half from the current $60,000 range. The teaching positions of Howe, Hill and Brown will not be filled, Lawson said, and their duties reassigned to other teachers. Egan's teaching position will be replaced for the 2010-2011 school year. Jennifer Nissan and Janet Cousineau were both hired to fill elementary teacher assistant posts as of Sept. 1.
Robichaud's duties in supervising the school's transportation will be reassigned within the bus garage staff, reaping a savings of 10,000 to $12,000, Lawson said.
Total savings to the taxpayers on the personnel changes represent more than $80,000 in salaries, officials said.
Alumni banquet organizers are thankful
The Warrensburg Alumni Association officials express thanks to the alumni banquet committee for its hard work. This includes Maureen Sprague, Ed and Kathy Binder, Bertha LaVigne, Carson Parker,Virginia Pike, Arlene Ackley, Margery Parker and Ed and Alice Damp.
The Alumni Association will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 to critique this year's banquet and plan for 2011. The meeting is set for the Warrensburg High School library. Anyone who attended or graduated from WCS is welcome.
Thanks go to the class of 1960 for joining the celebration and providing the entertainment. Also many thanks to the members, both those attending and those who were unable to come for their generous donations and payment of dues. The association was able to give three $400 scholarships to 2010 graduating seniors who are furthering their education. It is hoped that this will be continued in 2011.
See where your tax money is going!
Very few local citizens attended the Aug. 6 WCS school board meeting. I urge taxpayers to consider attending at least one board meeting for the 2010-2011 school year. After all, 70 percent of property owners' taxes go towards operating the local school. Note the present teachers union contract will expire next June, and the contract negotiations will begin in September. If you have concerns about personnel expenditures of the school district, it is to your benefit to attend school board meetings and hear the progress of negotiations. The next school board meeting will be held Sept. 13.
Items needed for Basket Raffle
The Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce is now seeking donations of goods and services for their annual gift basket raffle held in conjunction with the World's Largest Garage Sale event in early October. Raffle Items and gift certificates are to be submitted, by local merchants, to the chamber no later than Sept. 27.
Last year the chamber raffled off a basket full of about $500 worth of good and services during the weekend of the World's Largest Garage Sale.
The chamber holds the raffle to obtain visitors' zip codes, to submit to Warren County for proof the event draws people from all over the nation. The list of zip codes helps justify the county's support of the sale through occupancy tax contributions, money that goes to help support the sale. The raffle is free of charge to entrants, but requires an address. The chamber does not share this information with others, we're told.
Last year, a seasonal camper here won the basket. The family was very grateful to the chamber and said they appreciated the gift certificates to restaurants, markets and bed and breakfasts. Apparently they also really liked the Adirondack picture frame, and Adirondack socks.
Businesses are asked to submit items and boost local commerce and help us make this an annual raffle. Be sure to attach your business card or rack card to be visible to participants. This is a great free advertising opportunity.
Talent sought for World's Largest Sale stage
Do you sing? Tell jokes or stories? Have a band? Would you like to perform Oct. 2 and 3 for the World's Largest Garage Sale? Submit a CD or tape to Sue at the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce. The audition committee will view all entries and let prospective performers know if they are chosen. Performers aren't paid, however artists are encouraged to offer their CDs, book and video tapes for sale, or put out a donation jar. Call Sue at the Warrensburg Chamber at 623-2161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Demo CDs, video tapes, or DVDs can be sent to: Warrensburg Chamber, 3847 Main St., Warrensburg N.Y. 12885.
Volunteers needed for history museum
The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History continues to seek volunteers to serve as guides during its expanded summer and fall hours. No experience is necessary. All that's required is some enthusiasm about local history. Volunteers may serve as little as two hours a month. A brief training session and guide's handbook will be provided.
Visit the museum during open hours, Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., or call museum director Steve Parisi at 623-2207. Volunteers are also sought for duties in museum collection management and property maintenance. The museum is located in the VFW building at 3754 Main St. Admission is free. Entrance is at the rear.
Youth Football to hold mass scrimmage
The Warrensburg Youth Football league is hosting the regional league "Combine" scrimmage at 10 a.m. Sept. 5, at the town recreation field. This scrimmage, featuring teams representing eight North Country communities, is the annual kickoff of the Northern Adirondack Youth Football League's season. The teams will participate in a one-day football extravaganza, and more than 350 youth are expected to attend this event. Admission is free, food concessions will be available, and sales will benefit Warrensburg youth football.
Gospel singer to present two concerts here
Two local churches are offering concerts by gospel singer John Osborne, and both are set for Sept. 12.
At 11 a.m. that day, the Warrensburg Assembly of God Church will hold a concert, and at 6 p.m., Faith Baptist Church of Warrensburg will host Osborne. The public is invited to attend either or both events.
Holy Cross church dinner coming up
Don't forget the home-cooked dinner scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Church of the Holy Cross. The event starts at 5 p.m., and the meal includes a choice of meat loaf or baked ziti - with all the fixings. Requested will be a donation of $7 for adults, and $5 for children under 12.
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