RIPLEY - Ripley Central School is considering expanding its wrestling program by combining its current team with that of Chautauqua Lake, board members were told Thursday night, May 3.
Athletic director Alex Reyda and wrestling coach Bradley Rowe told the board they have been approached by Chautauqua Lake about combining the programs. Ripley currently shares its program with Westfield High School.
"We're excited about the possibility of expanding the program," Reyda told the board. "It's a win-win situation."
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Ripley Central School Class of 2012 valedictorian Zachary Mota, left, and salutatorian Samantha Gardner, right, were formally introduced to the school board Thursday night.
In addition to having greater resources and a larger team, sharing a program with both Westfield and Chautauqua Lake would allow the students to wrestle more challenging opponents, he said.
Ripley Superintendent Karen Krause commended Reyda and Rowe for their success in merging the program with Westfield.
"I hear nothing but good feedback and compliments for the program," she said. "You cannot tell the Westfield students from the Ripley kids. They are a team as a result of Mr. Rowe's and Mr. Reyda's leadership."
In other business, the board met and commended Ripley Class of 2012 valedictorian Zachary Mota and salutatorian Samantha Gardner. Both students were introduced by principal Lauren Ormsby who described Mota as, "well-spoken, super ambitious and hard-working," and Gardner as, "super-active," noting that, in addition to being student council president and a member of the National Honor Society, she, "sang the national anthem at least 20 times."
Mota said he planned to attend Ithaca College to obtain a degree in biology. From there he said he hoped to attend graduate studies and seek a career in the medical or research fields. Gardner said she would plans to attend Jamestown Community College with hope of becoming a math teacher.
"I would like to make a good role model for the younger kids," she said.
The Ripley board also accepted the resignation of music teacher Jamie Ensign and voted to hire substitute music teacher Michael McGough to take her place.
The board began reviewing policies to implement the Dignity for All Students Act that will go into effect July 1. The act is designed to prohibit and prevent all acts of discrimination or harassment.
Ripley senior class students will be traveling to Sandusky, Ohio for their class trip Friday, May11 and returning Saturday, May 12.