Frewsburg School Board Adopts Spending Plan

Frewsburg Central School retiring teacher Tom Nelson gives a presentation about Frewsburg students visiting Washington, D.C. on March 22-24. P-J photo by Michael Zabrodsky

FREWSBURG – The Frewsburg Central School Board of Education Thursday adopted its 2024-2025 budget.

Interim Superintendent Shelly O’Boyle previously said the proposed 2024-25 spending plan with a 2.28 percent tax levy is at $23,745,482. The 2023-2024 budget was at $22,458,160. The difference from last year’s budget is $1,287,322 or a 5.73 percent increase.

Now the new spending plan will be available to the public April 25, and a public hearing is scheduled for May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school/high school multi-purpose room. On May 21, the budget vote and board member election will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The board also approved a memorandum of agreement with the Frewsburg Faculty Association regarding the addition of the varsity football cheerleading coaching position, for the 2024-2025 school year.

Emma Silverburg was appointed the coach. At its February meeting the board heard a presentation by Silverburg, to bring back high school cheerleading for the 2024-2025 school year. Silverburg, who coached the elementary cheer team this school year said in February cheerleading would be a fall sport taking place August through November. At the February meeting, Silverburg noted that the team would cheer at football games as well as travel to competitions.

The board also discussed, but took no action, on the creation of an additional bowling coach for the 2024-2025 season at the middle/high school.

“I think in athletics, we’re going to be seeing a push for additional coaches,” O’Boyle said.

In a memo from Middle/High School Principal Sarah Olson to O’Boyle, Olson stated that “the current bowling coach position is responsible for two teams (girls and boys; Often at matches, it is not physically possible for the one coach to supervise and coach both the girls and boys teams; there is currently only one approved school employee who travels to away games with the teams; in the case of emergencies, this leaves the existing coach in an impossible situation- do they travel with a student to the hospital or do they stay with the team; and Creating an additional Coach position would allow for one coach to stay with the teams and the other coach to travel with an injured player.”

O’Boyle said the board will see a future resolution for an additional coach.

In other business:

The board heard a presentation from retiring history teacher Tom Nelson about students visiting Washington, D.C., March 22-24. He told the board that the students visited the Capitol, The White House, The Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, and The Arlington National Cemetery.

“We really had a good trip. The kids were well behaved. It was an awesome experience,” Nelson said.


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