Board takes up little business during brief meeting

By Elliot Mann

An undersized version of the Rochester School Board breezed through a light agenda Tuesday night in just 14 minutes.

Among the few items of business, the board approved a $174,000 purchase of social studies material for first- through third-graders and a sabbatical for Mayo High School English teacher Corrine Ehrfurth.

Board members Sandra Soltis, Cris Fischer and Breanna Bly were absent Tuesday, apparently due to family commitments.


Recent budget cuts did not affect the social studies material purchase, Superintendent Romain Dallemand said.

The board also approved a fundraising report from the 2008-2009 first semester, which reported that schools were able to bring in nearly $147,000. Board members also gave an ovation for two retiring educators.

John Marshall High School special education teacher Kay Tessum was commended for 31 years with the district and Washington Elementary School principal Linda Stockwell for her 17 years. Both retirements take effect in June.

When going through the regular end-of-meeting assessment, board member James Pittenger joked about the meeting’s brevity.

"We didn’t have a lot of time to get around to messing up," he said.

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