HFCS Board approves policy revisions

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. - Awash in blue in advance of three fall sports teams entering semifinal playoffs, Hoosick Falls Central School board members approved a slate of policy revisions and a change in business personnel at their meeting on Thursday.

Emily Sanders, valedictorian of HFCS class of 1998, was appointed district treasurer pending state Education Department clearance, replacing a senior account clerk position previously held by John Shea.

Business Administrator Pam Hatfield after the meeting explained the change in position was because the former job title was based on a civil service list while the latter is exempt.

A brief discussion sparked by board member John Helft considered a suggestion to add the district's "fiscal health" to a list of itemized points considered as part of an annual assessment of the school superintendent. Helft said his reasoning was that a large part of the role dealt with finances, and the addition would recognize that part of the equation.

Board President Greg Laurin countered by saying the board's main charge was finances, as well as policy and procedures. "It's our budget. ... When money is spent, who has to approve it?" he asked. "Who gets evaluated on the fiscal responsibility of the budget at the voting box? We do."

Board member Donald Skott said while the board approved the spending plan, "these guys craft the budget," indicating toward Hatfield and Superintendent Kenneth Facin. Facin said he was fine with however the board wished to evaluate him, although the board ultimately agreed to adopt the policy as-is.

While two of the school's teams were successful in playoff games Saturday, Facin said all five fall sports teams had made the cut as "scholar athletes," meaning each group of players averaged 90 percent or better as a team. Facin made the connection between academic and athletic success.

"Athletically we can't be more proud of our entire school," he said, including the fans. The school's varsity club was credited for bringing different teams' athletes together, and board members spoke about the excitement at recent games. Club advisor Lisa Ferrannini presented the 2013 calendar, an annual varsity club fundraiser available for sale.


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