ICC board chooses Welcome as new president

KINDERHOOK–Anthony Welcome was sworn in as school board president at this week’s meeting. Regina Rose, who was acting as president after the resignation of Andrew Kramarchyk in May, will be vice president.

Mr. Welcome and Ms. Rose, who have both served on the board since 2007, are retired school district employees. Mr. Welcome was principal of the Primary School before he retired and Ms. Rose was a special education teacher in the high school.

Also at the July 10 meeting, the board approved a request from parents to create a fundraising committee to support the Middle School’s modified sports program. Most of the $40,0000 funding for the modified program was cut from the 2012-13 school budget, but the district planned to support a  sports program for Middle School students to play against other local schools.

Tim Ragosta spoke for the committee, saying the Middle School PTA will hold the funds that are donated for the sports program. He also said his committee met with the booster club to discuss fundraising plans. Mr. Ragosta said he was currently the treasurer for the CYO Basketball program, a privately funded sports program. “We have fundraised before,” he said of people involved in the modified sports committee. “We know how to do that.”

Ms. Rose told the community members at the meeting that as the district deals with lower revenues and higher costs, they are running out of money and more cuts will have to made to non-mandated programs. “If we are going to keep anything outside of the classroom, we’ve going to need all the help we can get,” she said of fundraising.

The next school board meeting is Tuesday August 7 at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Library.

To contact reporter Emilia Teasdale email .

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