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N.Collins Athletic Director Weidner resigns to take assistant principal post

William Weidner, North Collins athletic director and high school business teacher, tendered his resignation, effective Oct. 12. His resignation was accepted by the North Collins School Board at its Sept. 26 meeting.

Weidner will take an assistant principal position with the Pioneer School District. Aside from his teaching duties, Weidner also coached the boys’ modified basketball coach. It was Weidner’s push over the years to get North Collins into the CCAC league for its sports teams.

The board also received the draft report of John P. Schiavone of Lumsden & McCormick, on a recent external audit. The report found the district in compliance with all normal accounting regulations as well as State and Federal requirements. Schiavone highlighted parts of the report which said “you really worked hard to keep expenses under control.” He noted decreases in Social Security and Workmen’s Compensation expenses as the district has reduced staff across all levels. He also noted a $600,000 reduction of capital assets reflecting a lack of any new capital projects.

The district enjoyed a 4 percent increase in sales and property tax revenue. However, Schiavone told the board that last year’s fund balance was $29,000, a figure he expects to be repeated over the next few years as a result of the property tax cap law.

Once approved by the board, the entire audit will be posted on the district’s web site.

Halsey also reported that the newly instituted bus route No. 10 is close to being finalized and that the Transportation Director has determined that the run will include 38 households and result in a reduction in pick up time for most of five to 10 minutes.

Affected families will be notified shortly of the changes before the route can begin.

Elementary Principal John Cataldo reported that the student population following the start of school stands at 321, very similar to last year. He particularly noted the highest-ever enrollment in the Pre-K program with only one vacancy at present.

The new drop off and pickup procedures have been working and Cataldo thanked Village Police Officer Phil Tremblay for his assistance in traffic control at school’s start.

Another new initiative has students who are being picked-up and assembled in the cafeteria, where parents and guardians can sign-out their child.

Board Member Martin Niefergold noted that Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. will be the first meeting of a committee to establish an “Athletic Hall of Fame” for the district. The meeting will be held in the high school cafeteria and all members of the public are invited to attend.


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