Preparing for a new school year

By Jillian Marshall

Preparing for a new school year

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) School may be out for the summer, but school districts across the Southern Tier, like Maine-Endwell, are already beginning preparations for the 2013-14 school year.

Maine-Endwell School District held their first meeting of the school year Tuesday night.

The re-organizational meeting was held to elect their new President, Alan Ewing, and to set the stage for how the board will operate over the next 12 months.

But the past 12 months wasn't easy for the board. There were 70 positions cut within the district when they adopted their nearly $45 million budget.

Superintendent Jason Van Fossen says looking forward to the coming year is bittersweet.

"It didn't feel good because of all of the decisions we had to make and all of the people that were impacted. I feel remorseful about feeling good about the new year knowing what we had to do, but I can honestly say that we believe that we have fixed the problem," Van Fossen said.

Van Fossen says with fewer teachers on the district's roster, those who still have their jobs will have more responsibility in and out of the classroom.

"Our teachers in the classroom are going to be asked to do a lot and have a lot more responsibility than maybe that they've had in the past," Van Fossen said.

Van Fossen says one of his goals for the upcoming year is to make sure the teachers feel comfortable with their new responsibilities.