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Seniors visit Westfield schools, Koerner named ‘Friend to Education’

May 30, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Approximately 50 of the community's senior citizens were guests at Westfield Academy and Central School on May 3.

A breakfast was prepared in their honor by Patty Benton and her staff. Students from the National Honor Society, WACS' board members and administrators assisted their special guests. Many seniors said how much they enjoyed being invited into the school and having the opportunity to visit with the staff and students.

After the breakfast, Board of Education President Marie Edwards presented the WACS' annual "Friend to Education" award. This year, the board decided to honor Rich Koerner and the members of the district's Strategic Planning Committee. This group was charged with developing a five-year plan for the school district to ensure it will be sustainable financially and also continue to be able to offer quality programs for WACS students. Decreased revenues and enrollment have presented serious questions about WACS' future. One of the committee's major recommendations was to seek a partner school district for the purpose of consolidation. The WACS and Brocton Central School Boards of Education met recently for an initial discussion about this possibility.

Staff and community members of the Strategic Planning Committee included: Al Holbrook; Heath Forster; Deanne Manzella; Brenda Backus; Karen Belcher; Aaron Resnick; Amy Brinkley; Kent Knappenberger; Peggy Sauer; Pete Hoitink; Lee Hoesel; Patty Benton; Paula Troutman; Ivana Hite; Kendra Bills; Bob Dyment; Laura Wilson; Scott Cooper; Valerie Gelsimino; and Roger Jopek. Rich Koerner, a human resources consultant who resides in Westfield, served as the group's volunteer facilitator.

The senior citizens ended their visit with a concert in the auditorium. Music teachers Kent Knappenberger, Helen Ihasz and Doug Tramontana directed and accompanied several of their talented vocal and instrumental student groups as they performed a variety of musical numbers.

Interim Superintendent Peggy Sauer thanked the seniors for coming out and supporting the school.



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