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WACS board discusses recent merger meetings

June 12, 2013
By JENNA LOUGHLIN - EDITOR ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - With the 2012-13 school year coming to a close, the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education had a light agenda in May.

During the meeting on Monday, May 13, the board held a discussion on its experiences regarding the proposed consolidation of the Westfield and Brocton school districts. Board member Francine Brown said she had heard some in the community did not think it was a good idea for the boards to change the configuration recommended in the study since so much money had been spent on it.

Board President Jeffrey Greabell responded the boards thought it would be a better situation to have local elementary schools in each community, thus not needing to have kids on the bus for a long time. He added he has heard people appreciate the configuration of an elementary school in both Westfield and Brocton.

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Photo by Jenna Loughlin
Members of the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education look over a new policy on Internet safety and filtering during a regular board meeting on Monday, May 13. Pictured, from left to right, are Joy Bodenmiller, Phyllis Hagen and Roger Jopek.

Board member Marie Edwards said she had heard positive comments on the multiple hearings held about the study in both communities and about the dissemination of information.

"I want this to be as open as is possible ... and as open as honest as we can possibly be," Greabell said.

Board Vice President Steve Cockram said he had been told by a local business person that they have questions, but do not want to stand up and ask those questions during a public meeting. The board agreed that if anyone has questions they want to submit before any future meetings they can submit them ahead of time to the district so they can be answered during the meeting.

Board member Brenda Backus suggested board members solicit questions from people they know so that questions being raised outside of the public meetings can be answered in the meetings. Greabell concurred.

The board held its first reading of Policy No. 8271 which deals with Internet safety and content filtering. This policy affects BOCES funding and will include cyber bullying. A public hearing will need to be held before the board adopts the new policy.

Superintendent David Davison spoke about the senior citizen's breakfast held recently, noting 40 to 45 people attended and enjoyed food, crafts made by students at each table and musical entertainment by both the band and chorus. The National Honors Society members served the seniors.

In other business:

the district received a letter of congratulations from NYSPHSAA on the Section 6 Class B wrestling title won by the combined team of Westfield, Ripley and Chautauqua Lake;

the district received two letters of support for consolidation, one from Mary Ellen Ross and one from Wendy Graham;

the board agreed on a new evaluation form for itself, which were due by June 3;

approval was given for the use of the school facilities to be used as a field treatment site in the event of a disaster or emergency from May 1, 2013 through May 1, 2018;

Greabell was appointed chairperson and Business Manager Alan Holbrook was appointed district clerk for the 2012-13 annual meeting on Tuesday, May 21;

Chief Inspector Cossi Gizzi, Kathy Best, Elena Marsala and Louise Young were approved as election inspectors for Tuesday, May 21;

Penny Strain was approved as a substitute cleaner for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year effective Tuesday, May 14;

Kathryn Richmond's resignation was approved with appreciation for letting the district know now and regret as an elementary teacher for the purpose of retirement effective Sunday, June 30;

Jordan Nicholson and Callan Robinson were approved as uncertified substitute teachers for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year;

an updated preferred eligibility list was approved;

Madimba Kayumba was appointed as the school psychologist intern for the 2013-14 school year with a stipend of $12,000;

Ann Gollnitz and Susan VandeVelde were approved as substitute teachers for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year;

Trudy A. Gollnitz's resignation was approved with regret and appreciation as a bus driver for the purpose of retirement effective Friday, June 21;

multiple appointments to the Supplemental Salary Schedule for the 2013-14 school year for sports teams were approved; and

Frank Quagliana, Brian Johnson, Jake Weingart, Nolan Swanson, Dan martin, Don Eggleston, Greg Birner and Monika Voltmann were approved as volunteer coaches for 2013-14 sports.

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss the employment history of a particular individual.



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