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General Brown board members discuss training workshop options

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DEXTER — General Brown Central School District Board of Education members may soon spend less time traveling to conferences and more time online with training webinars.

During the board’s monthly meeting Monday in the cafeteria of the junior-senior high school, 17643 Cemetery Road, board member Jeffrey West suggested board members should go to one convention or conference and have the rest done online.

“Most of it comes online later,” he said. “If you do the conference, go to it; everything else (should be) on your own.”

While the board did not discuss specific costs to each conference or training workshop, District Business Administrator Michele A. Traynor said the board is allotted $4,700 per year for any purpose. Workshop and conference costs come from that. Mrs. Traynor said board members have gone over that allotment in years past.

Board member John Hardy argued that all board members should attend a few training workshops or conferences each year to keep updated on situations school districts and boards face.

He recommended each member attend the annual state School Boards Association conference and an annual-issues conference, which goes over current issues.

“I don’t know if we can afford all of that,” Mr. West said.

Mr. Hardy suggested the board as a whole come up with a training plan and budget for it each year. He said the board will get what it pays for if it doesn’t put money into training its members.

Mr. West argued, however, that if the board spends upwards of $2,500 per member, it is “not doing our students or taxpayers a favor.”

“If we can do it in a less expensive way, I’m all for it,” he said.

Board member Michael E. Kucharski agreed that the board should take a look at what training is needed annually.

District Superintendent Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. suggested the board review its current training policy.

The board decided to continue discussions about the matter at another board meeting.

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