The Three Village Central School District is the recipient of a three-year grant worth $747,789 in recognition of what the district has done to become more efficient.
School officials on Tuesday announced the award, a competitive award given by New York State, which will total $249,263 each year for three years as long as the district can prove it has maintained those efficiencies.
The school district received the maximum amount it could have received, based on 25 percent of the cost savings achieved by implementing the changes that saved money.
In a memo to school officials, Jeff Carlson, assistant superintendent for business services, said the district saved close to a million dollars for the 2010-2011 school year by "modifying the starting and ending times of some of our schools, while keeping the length of the school day the same, and completely reworking all of [the] bus routes over from scratch," facilitating the use of 15 fewer big buses and two fewer mini-buses.
The district also received bonus points in the competition for having its state-mandated annual professional performance review plan in place within the required amount of time.
Carlson acknowledged Patty Castaldo, Barbara Gildea and Mine Evcimen for their thorough work in compiling the data and documentation that resulted in the receipt of the award.