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GUILDERLAND: G'land budget makes the cut

"The time is now," she said.

Cathy Barbar argued against the new position.

"The responsibilities are too unclear," she said. "I think it's premature."

Others agreed. Barbara Fraterrigo advised against a new supervisor "until we have something for them to supervise."

Peter Golden said he felt the impulse to hire was fed by the agreeable budget situation.

After everyone had a chance to speak, Golden proposed to delete the new K-12 technology supervisor position from the budget. His motion was defeated 5-to-4.

Another point of contention was the combining of two positions -- high school supervisors for English and for social studies -- into one.

Fraterrigo encouraged members to consider expanding supervisory positions across grades rather than combining disciplines. She suggested making English and social studies supervisors into K-12 positions.

Short of that, Fraterrigo called it a "disservice" to leave as important a discipline as social studies essentially "vacant" for a year.

Others supported combining the positions as proposed in the budget. John Dornbush pointed out that other supervisors manage combined disciplines.

"I'm willing to try a year of combination," said O'Connell.

When put to a vote, Fraterrigo's motion to add back a social studies supervisor to the high school, at an increased cost of $67,000, was defeated 5-to-4.

Finally, Richard Weisz put the budget up for vote, and it passed unanimously.

Dornbush complimented administrators for their work on the budget, saying, "I think it's superbly crafted."

With it, Guilderland schools can maintain their program, he said, "and balance that with the ability of the community to support our program." ""

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