MAYVILLE - Ripley Central School parents and students are invited to an open house at Chautauqua Lake Central School from 6 to 8 p.m., on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 20, yet another indication of the future of school consolidation in Chautauqua County.
Transportation from Ripley to CLSC and back will be available for the open house, according to CLSC Superintendent Benjamin Spitzer who spoke on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the regular meeting of the CLSC school board.
It is well known that Ripley and CLSC are discussing at least some consolidation between them, and the two have already merged some athletic activities. Ripley's shrinking student population with a current eighth grade class reported at just 14 kids is one of the factors propelling consolidation.
The board also learned only "one member of the public" attended a budget listening session on Tuesday, Oct. 16. School staff attendance at the session was described by Spitzer as "pretty good." Spitzer noted the crafting of the 2013-14 school year budget will continue.
"We'll be digging into the numbers," he said.
The superintendent noted however, "What you're able to influence is much smaller than it used to be," a reference to the ever-increasing control of local schools by New York State.
In other business, board members approved Matt LaPorte as co-head coach of boys' junior varsity basketball and unpaid assistant for boys' varsity basketball. Matt Cummings was named seventh grade boys' modified basketball coach as well as assistant for varsity boys' basketball and assistant for eighth grade girls' basketball, both unpaid positions.
Kurt Carlson was added to the substitute teacher list, as was Meredith Clemente. Carlson is certified while Clemente is not, according to Superintendent Spitzer.