MAYVILLE - "Welcome Ripley," was the way Chautauqua Lake Central School Board of Education member Jason Delcamp reacted when the board approved a contract with the Ripley Central School District at Chautauqua Lake's meeting Wednesday, March 27.
Approximately 130 seventh through 12th graders from Ripley will start attending Chautauqua Lake in September under a tuition arrangement, which was also approved by the Ripley Board earlier in March. Voters in the Ripley district granted permission for tuitioning students to other districts on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Action by the Chautauqua Lake board was six in favor and none against. Board Vice President Jay Baker was absent. Board member Michael Ludwig voted, "Enthusiastically yes," when his name was called.
The contract is for the next five school years, and the initial tuition rate of $7,219 per student was accepted by both boards.
Based on developments in other districts, including Westfield and Brocton, it seems likely similar deals will be cut throughout the county in the next year or two. Another indication of this is the cooperation among local schools regarding the joining of athletic teams.
In other action, the board approved a $19,535,232 budget for the next school year, but did not set a tax rate pending further developments.
The resignation of utility employee Gordan Carris was approved effective Sunday, March 31. Also approved were the resignations of science teacher Priscilla Marsh and English teacher Marlea Brown, effective Monday, July 1.
Linda Mawhir was approved for recall from laid-off status to resume her cleaning position as of Monday, April 1. Mike Fessel was approved as varsity golf coach, and Matt Cummings was approved as assistant baseball coach, an unpaid position. Michael Cummings was named drivers education instructor for a term running from Monday, June 24 to Friday Aug. 9 this summer.