Lictus Taking Over This Week

CLYMER – The Clymer Central School District has officially sworn its incoming superintendent into office ahead of schedule.

Bert Lictus, who currently serves as Panama Central School superintendent, was sworn in by the Board of Education during its afternoon meeting Tuesday. Lictus is slated to assume his shared superintendency of both districts Oct. 26, whereupon Karen Moon, Clymer’s interim superintendent, will relinquish her temporary position with the district.

“Mr. Lictus was sworn in officially (Tuesday) night because that had to happen before I leave, and this was the only board meeting before that time,” Moon said.

In other news, the district received a clean bill of financial health for the 2012-13 school year, as reflected in the audit report compiled by Cattaraugus-based R.A. Mercer and Co., P.C. In a presentation of the district’s financial statements and supplementary information for the fiscal year ending June 30, R.A. Mercer uncovered no compliance or internal control findings.

“It was a clean audit, and we’re very excited about it,” said Annette Rhebergen, Clymer’s business manager.

Moon said R.A. Mercer is providing suggestions and ideas for reducing district expenditures, but described the report as “excellent.”

The board also awarded its annual electricity supply bid for the period of Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2014, to Superior Plus at a total estimated cost of $45,631.16. The board opted for the bid’s Option 2 indexed price of $0.01179, with all ancillary, capacity and line changes included in the rate.

“That’s in reference to the estimated cost of our district’s annual electric supply,” Rhebergen said. “The supply cost is based on past quantities, but it’s actually gone down in the past couple of years. We will also have separate transportation costs, but that goes through National Grid.”

Other business included the board’s approval to sell two district vehicles – a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban and a 2003 Chevrolet Impala – through sealed bids, and approval of David Bodamer’s teacher request to take a trip with six students to Gettysburg, Pa., from May 29 through June 1, 2014.

Other approved personnel matters included the appointment of Maddy Peters as a utility worker and Andrew Heslink as a certified middle school teacher.