The Chautauqua Lake School District approved its 2014-2015 budget of $20.7 million at its March meeting. This represents a $1.2 million increase over spending in 2013-2014. Expenses will increase in several areas, notably costs for required Special Education services through BOCES and within the District, and for building maintenance and repair, as the buildings begin to age and problems develop. Increases were also necessary in health insurance coverage and transportation costs.
The Board was updated with a presentation on one of the new "modules" which are a part of the Common Core Curriculum.
Secondary Principal Josh Liddell reported on the establishment of a Trap Team which will be a joint program shared with Sherman School District. All home events and practices will be held at the Westfield Fish and Game Club, where the guns will be stored, so none will be on school property at any time.
The High School Bowl team remains undefeated, and will advance to the championship round if they win their upcoming match with Maple Grove next week.
The Board considered the possibility of closing off parking at the rear of the building during the spring sports season. Superintendent Spitzer expressed his concern about young children at games with their parents. He is concerned about children running across the lot to reach the playground area as cars come around the building corner. He feels this is potentially a very dangerous situation. If parking is closed in the area, provision would be made for allowing handicapped access to the rear of the building.
The Superintendent and the Board publicly thanked area merchants for items donated in celebration of the Girls' Basketball team championship win, the first by a team in their class in 26 years. Board members were pleased with the wonderful support shown by the community, and particularly thanked Tops Market, which donated luncheon items for the team, and Andriaccio's restaurant, which hosted team members for a celebration dinner.