Town Talk 3/20

WCS School Board meeting notes:

Students lobby to retain volleyball

Members of the Warrensburg Central School Varsity Girls Volleyball team showed up March 8 at the school board meeting, protesting potential elimination of the high school's volleyball program.

Board members advised the players that no firm decisions on cutting any programs have yet been made. Hopefully every program and sport can stay as is, however with state aid dwindling, it may not be feasible to retain all programs while maintaining a zero tax increase.

High School Principal Doug Duell announced the summer basketball camp will be offered from June 28 to July 1 at the high school. The cost of the program is $45 if registered before May 1 and $50 afterwards. Contact the school for registration forms.

The High School musical this year is Evita, and will be presented March 25 through 27. Tickets can be purchased at the high school.

Elementary Principal Amy Langworthy announced that $1,400 was raised from the Scrapathon event to purchase equipment for the playground. She expressed thanks to all who attended this workshop and appreciation to Kim Ross for organizing the event.

Also announced was a $750 contribution by Stewart's Shops toward the Warrensburg Pride program. The next school board meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 19 in the high school library.

Bus Leasing vote passes easily

In a special election March 9, Warrensburg Central School District residents voted 241-53 to approve leasing three school buses over the next five years for an estimated cost of $48,000. There are about 4,000 eligible voters in the school district.

Leasing buses is expected to lower repair costs while putting newer, safer buses on the road, school officials have said. Also, leasing will eliminate the need to raise $300,000 annually from taxpayers to pay for the up-front expense of purchasing three buses, while waiting for 85 percent state reimbursement that is strung out over a five-year projected lifespan of the vehicles.

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