SHERMAN - Sherman Central School's Board of Education approved a plan Wednesday, Feb. 20 to share track and golf sports programs with both the Clymer and Panama school districts.
Until this year, Sherman and Clymer shared track and golf programs. Sherman Superintendent Kaine Kelly said the board will continue to consider shared programs among the three districts.
"Track and golf is a good way to begin sharing," Kelly said. "Increasing our track is not going to hurt us. No one is going to get cut from the team because there are more athletes. There will just be more heats."
Kelly said having more students in the track program might allow the schools to offer modified track and, "give the kids a more authentic experience." The board will consider sharing cross-country next, he said.
In other matters, Kelly reported on a meeting he had with Village of Sherman Mayor John Patterson regarding the village's plans to build a wind turbine in the area and sell the energy generated to the school at a reduced rate. Kelly said Patterson wanted to emphasize the plan has not yet been fully approved, and the village would not proceed with the plan without the school being part of it.
The board also reviewed a proposed BOCES budget for the 2013-14 school year. The budget reflects a slight increase, mostly because of the Annual Professional Performance Review, or APPR, program and other unfunded state-mandated programs, Kelly said.
"For the most part, the expenditure side of our budget is less than last year, because we knew we were losing state aid," he said.
The board also discussed the retirement of the cafeteria manager, whom the district shares with Chautauqua Lake Central School. One possibility for the future may be a Co-Ser program set up by Erie 2 BOCES involving cafeteria services.
"We would still be sharing, but we would be able to get state aid," Kelly said. "We would be able to keep our cafeteria services in-house, but do it in a more cost effective way."