Boards jointly mull boosted cooperation

A joint meeting was held recently between the Warrensburg Central School Board of Education and the Warrensburg and Thurman town boards.They met Sept. 26, to air issues and find ways to share services to save taxpayers money.After offering each other many accolades of the good things they have done, the various board members proceeded to discuss issues that need work. Austin Markey conveyed to the boards the business community and homeowners of Warrensburg think they are over-assessed. Markey also commented the town's legal fees have lately increased five-fold in defending challenges to the assessments, and the town officials asked the school to help pay to defend the cases, as 67 percent of the tax income saved would go to the school district. School officials responded they once helped out with the legal expenses, but the practice was abandoned several years ago during budget cutbacks, a time when assessment challenges happened to be rare.Warrensburg Town Supervisor Geraghty of Warrensburg commented, "Residents are fighting for every dollar they can keep in their pockets." Geraghty said the average cost of litigation ranges from $2,000 to $10,000.School board president John MicGlire remarked the school board fought long and hard to keep this year's budget down. With the decrease in state aid schools are receiving, it will be even more difficult to keep the 2011 budget in line with this year's, he said.School board vice president Dean Moore read off a list of school board goals for 2010-2011: that every single student will graduate; for the school and the community to partner to promote high expectations through a rigorous and relevant curriculum integrating 21st century skills; for all members of the school community to promote a safe and supportive environment; for high expectations and standards to be maintained for all students; for staff to incorporate technology in their instruction; and for all students to read on or above grade level. As the meeting was about to adjourn, Warrensburg resident Tom Drane spoke up and sought to propose a way the school and town could combine services. Although rebuffed at first by MicGlire who said the meeting was not open for public comment, Drane persisted and was allowed to speak on one issue, sharing the bus garage. He said the town government needs more space to store vehicles and it was expected constructing a pole-barn building would cost the town $1 million to $1.5 million . School board member James Carrion responded that since the school is now leasing busses, some of them could stay parked outside. Supervisor Geraghty and supervisor Lawson agreed to sit down in the next few weeks and discuss the probability of the boards combining use of the school's bus garage.Medicare, EPIC health plans to be explainedA health insurance sales representative will be making a presentation soon to area seniors to explain government-sponsored health-care reimbursement programs.The Warrensburg Fifty-Plus Club will host its monthly luncheon at noon Oct. 14, and will host Casey Bates of Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. She is expected to speak about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare supplemental programs and options, and how they work with the state EPIC prescription program. For lunch, attendees will be bringing their own sandwiches - desserts and beverages will be provided.Bates will talk and answer any questions seniors may have of the Medicare options starting at 1 p.m. All are invited to attend this session at the Senior Center at 3947 Main St. in Warrensburg. Children's Hospital fundraiser next weekendGeorge Henry's tavern in Warrensburg will be hosting a fundraiser Oct. 16, for the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.To be held from noon to 3 p.m., the event features food, music and raffles.The raffle features gift certificates from Willow's Bistro, Jack Toney's Meat Store of the North, Krystal Chrysler, Oscar's Meats, Spare Time Bowling, Heck of a Pizza, S.J. Garcia's Restaurant, Bills Restaurant, Lucky Star Restaurant, Pot Belly Deli, Cronin's Golf Club, Heidi's Clip Joint, The Sagamore Resort, and many more. All proceeds are to benefit the Children's Hospital wing of Albany Medical Center. Those who would like to donate a gift certificate or other prize for the raffle, contact Matthew Shelton at 623-2611. Alumni Association elects officersThe Warrensburg Alumni Association met recently and elected officers for the upcoming year. Elected were Carson Parker, president; Bertha LaVigne, vice president; Virginia Morey Pike, secretary; Edward Baker, treasurer; Alice Damp, publicity; Pat Ross, corresponding secretary; and Margery Parker, historian. Meetings will resume next spring in the W.C.S. High School library.Mark your calendar for 2011. The association chose the date for their annual reunion and banquet. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Roaring Brook Ranch Resort just off Northway Exit 21. Details are being worked out by the planning committee. At this event, the class of 1961 will be celebrating its 50th reunion.Flag retirement ceremony approachingThe American Legion Post 446 will be holding a flag cremation ceremony Oct. 23, at the Post headquarters at 215 River St. A receptacle for torn or worn flags is at the Post for all to retire of their flags.

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