Falconer Board Approves Lower Tax Rate

FALCONER-On Tuesday, Falconer Central School’s board of education approved a lower tax rate increase than the 3.45 percent which was included in the district’s 2013-14 budget.

According to Stephen Penhollow, Falconer superintendent, the board passed a more modest tax rate increase of 1.75 percent. He said this was based on some increases in assessed valuations of all property throughout the district. While the district’s tax levy of $6,856,116 will remain unchanged, the rate which individual property owners will pay has decreased.

The meeting’s new business included: the approval of the 2013-14 tax warrant; the approval of a contract between FCS and Turning Point Behavior Services for behavioral consultation services for the 2013-14 school year, at a rate of $95 an hour; and the approval of a contract between FCS and Family Service of the Chautauqua Region for an employee assistance program at a total cost of $4,320.

Several newly revised policies underwent their first readings. The revised policies include: the Dignity for All Students Act, code of conduct on school property and civility, citizenship and Character Education/Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education.

Personnel changes included: the addition of Amber Warner to the substitute non-teaching list for the areas of office and monitor/bus attendant, pending fingerprint clearance from the NYS Education Department; the additions of Lori Woodard and James Peppy to the substitute teaching list; the addition of Terry Austin to the substitute non-teaching list for the area of bus driver II substitute, pending required training and certification; and the extracurricular appointments of Jason Becker as varsity boys’ basketball coach and Dan Molfino as junior varsity boys’ basketball coach for the 2013-14 school year.