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Board appoints Tangorra superintendent

Board of education appoints Tangorra as superintendent, adopts 2013-14 proposed budget

The Ilion-Mohawk Central School District Board of Education appointed Cosimo Tangorra the new district’s superintendent at its regular meeting on Thursday, Apr. 18.

The 7-0 vote came after the board returned from an Executive Session to “discuss the superintendent’s contract,” said BOE President Stephen Coupe.

Tangorra was hired to a five-year term beginning July 1, 2013. Herkimer BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua will serve as acting superintendent until Tangorra’s contract begins.

In other action, the board approved district ethic policies and board operation policies.

The board also unanimously adopted a proposed $44.125 million budget for the 2013-14 school year. The budget represents the combined 2012-13 budgets of both Ilion and Mohawk adjusted for known cost increases and inflation. The proposed budget increases spending by $2 million or 4.9 percent more than the combined budgets.

As outlined in the merger study, the first budget will lower the Mohawk tax rate on true value to the Ilion rate. This will reduce the total levy by $611,000 to $8.14 million.

Residents will vote on the proposal on May 21.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, one resident asked if the budget included a school resource officer. Mr. Vivacqua responded that the budget includes no line item details. It represents a general spending plan that the new board will have to refine as the year progresses.