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Batavia School District 101 board adds 3 members

BATAVIA – Three Batavia School District 101 board members stepped down Tuesday night as three new members took their seats.

Board President Ron Link, Vice President Jack Hinterlong and board member Joseph Purpura did not run for re-election in April. Former school board member Kristin Behmer had words of appreciation for the outgoing board members.

“I appreciated all my time on the board with them,” Behmer said. “I think all of you had the best interests of the students.”

Hinterlong administered the oath of office to new board members Jason Stoops, Susan Locke and Jonathan Gaspar, and incumbent Tina Bleakley, who retained her seat in April’s election.

Cathy Dremel was chosen as the new board president, and board member Gregg Hodge was chosen as vice president.

“Thank you for your confidence in me,” Dremel said after being chosen president. “I have a great deal of belief in this district. As a board, we will do good work together.”

After the board reorganization, members approved the issuance of $5 million in tax anticipation warrants ahead of the collection of taxes levied for 2012.

Kris Monn, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance, said the tax anticipation warrants were needed because the dates of the distribution of property taxes from Kane County were putting pressure on the district’s cash flow.

He said Kane County will not make its first distribution of taxes until May 28.

“We find it prudent to take this small borrowing measure,” Monn said.

The cost of borrowing is estimated at $10,763. He said the warrants will be repaid by June 28.

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