UTICA — On Monday, the North Fork Board of Education stood by its decision to cut all extracurricular activities, both academic and athletic, beginning with the 2011-12 school year.
Treasurer Jack McDonald told the News on Tuesday the board is offering the community the opportunity to raise the $350,000 necessary to restore the cuts. He said the board does not want a piecemeal restoration, which makes it an all or nothing choice. The money would need to be raised by Aug. 1.
McDonald said the board is also still reviewing the list of cuts announced in January to see what further cost containment measures need to be taken. There are plans to “mothball” the old elementary building complex at Spring and Mill streets to save on utility costs.
Regarding personnel, the board granted the retirement requests of bus driver Barbara Shorts and transportation aide Wayne Shorts, both effective at the end of the 2010-11 school year. It subsequently recalled bus driver Jodi Shaw from the reduction in force.