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Silver Creek teachers honored

Newly tenured teachers at Silver Creek Central Schools were honored during a reception Wednesday evening, following a meeting of the School Board.

School Board members and faculty gathered in the high school library to honor Julie Schwab, who will become the new middle school principal, and teachers Anne Tahamont and Bridget Case.

Also honored during the reception were Pat Krenzer and Elaine Krezmien, who retired.

The end of the school year marked the layoffs of nine staffers, including seven teachers, a cleaner and a clerical position. The layoffs were announced in February as the district started planning the 2011-12 budget.

During the board meeting, Superintendent David O'Rourke also gave an update on the damage caused by a June 7 lightning strike at the school. He said the school's insurance carrier will cover the cost of replacing the telephone system, which also will be updated as part of the capital plan.

In other matters:

*Graduation ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. today in the cafeteria of Silver Creek Central School.

*O'Rourke said he is concerned about the proposed tax cap being debated in Albany.

The governor's proposed tax cap, in particular, "is a significant concern in the years ahead, and at this time our State Legislature seems to be very close to passing this policy," O'Rourke told the board.

"This is occurring without any progress on mandate relief for schools and municipalities," he added. "I encourage our school community members to reach out to our legislators to let them know that this is not an effective answer for our students."

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