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  • DCS to explore use of individual air conditioning units

  • The Dolgeville Central School District will explore the use of individual air conditioning units to cool classrooms during the summer.

    Speaking during Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting, board President Karen Nagle said she felt air conditioning is needed at the school during the summer months.

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  • The Dolgeville Central School District will explore the use of individual air conditioning units to cool classrooms during the summer.
    Speaking during Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting, board President Karen Nagle said she felt air conditioning is needed at the school during the summer months.
    “This summer has been very hot and it’s unfortunate the students have had to battle the heat while trying to get some extra help for the school year ahead,” she said.
    Superintendent of Schools Christine Reynolds said the areas that have been most effected by the heat are the top floor of the elementary building, which faces the playground, and the top floor of the high school building, which faces the parking lot. “The entire school building is made out of brick, which makes it very hard to keep cool once the heat is absorbed,” said Reynolds.
    To keep the problem from occurring next summer, Mike Catalina, superintendent of buildings and grounds, was asked to look into a cost-effective option to cool selected classrooms with individual air conditioning units.
    In other business Tuesday evening, the board of education adopted the district’s tax warrant for the 2012 - 2013 school year. During the meeting, district Business Administrator John McKeown recommended the board adopt a two percent tax increase for the district. The board members agreed and approved the two percent tax increase, with a total tax levy of $4,346,650.
    •It was announced Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School has merged with St. Johnsville Central School for fall sports. Due to the merger, Dolgeville will no longer accept students from the districts to play on Dolgeville teams. Reynolds said the only exception is for students at Oppenheim-Ephratah who wish to play football at Dolgeville, since Oppenheim-Ephratah does not offer the sport.
    •During Tuesday’ meeting, former elementary school principal of six years and superintendent of three years Sharon Colpoys was remembered for her service at Dolgeville Central School. Colpoys, who retired from the district in 2005, died on Aug. 16. The district will establish an award in her memory to be given to a James A. Green High School senior female who demonstrates Colpoys’ most admirable qualities of strength, compassion, kindness, leadership, integrity and optimism.
    •It was announced the elementary school capped off kindergarten and grades fourth and fifth due to an influx of students. As of Wednesday morning during a telephone interview, elementary Principal Susan Butler said six students had left the school, but it has gained 32 new students.
    “To maintain elementary class sizes, homeroom classes are capped off to out of district students when student occupancy reaches 21. Once the student occupancy rate is reached, the district is only obligated to take in students who live within the district,” said Butler.
    •Administrative Intern Crystal Chrisman presented a curriculum presentation on the College Now program offered to James A. Green High School students through Herkimer County Community College. College Now is a concurrent enrollment program at HCCC which allows high school students the opportunity to take college classes at reduced tuition rates, said Chrisman. Fifty-three Dolgeville students participated in the program during the 2011 - 2012 school year.
    Page 2 of 2 - Through the program, she said students are able to take college-level courses at the high school from teachers who have been approved to teach college-level programs. According to Chrisman, the program helps to reduce the first year college course load, allows for more free time during the first semester of college and helps to save money on college courses through a discounted student rate.
    •It was announced College Now student registration information sessions will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and Wednesday, Sept. 19, during school hours at the high school.
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