At their work session Thursday, members of the Waverly Central School District board of education began to discuss goals for superintendent Joseph Yelich to pursue in the coming year.

Board president Joseph Picco stressed the continued importance of communication between district staff, Yelich and the board, while board member Parvin Mensch suggested that Yelich pursue more enrichment programs and upper-level coursework opportunities for students.

Yelich said he plans to use an electronic platform to keep in touch with board members between meetings to let them know about happenings throughout the district. He said he also plans to have more scheduled, structured time in each school building to interact with teachers and work groups. Yelich's time in the buildings has been largely informal, he said.

Yelich also reported to the board Thursday that district officials are researching options regarding insurance. Two members of the consortium to which the district belongs recently exited the group, dramatically increasing costs to the district, Yelich said.

Once the departing districts' exits take effect, the current program will be "no longer viable," Yelich said. District officials want to provide the same health benefits to staff that they've received in the past, Yelich said, "but at a rate the district can bear."

Yelich told board members he would have a recommendation on how to proceed at the board's March 28 meeting.

Board members Thursday also nominated district resident Mark Lemmon to represent the district on the Schuyler-Steuben-Chemung-Tioga-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services board. Lemmon's term will begin July 1 and conclude in 2016.

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