Board member Michael Frascella acknowledged the resignation of former board member, Frances Engels, effective Nov. 4, during the board’s Nov. 18 regular meeting. The board approved the resignation.
“I would rather have an open discussion without randomly choosing someone for this position,” Frascella said.
Board member Dennis McCauley added, “We usually have only one-two people who show an interest, but more importantly, we should have the information available to the public, so they can apply.”
Superintendent Eric Lawton will post a newsletter on Dec. 9, regarding the details of the position. The details will also be posted on the school’s website.
Kay Conrad spoke during the public comment period, regarding the Common Core practices. “We know students learn in different ways,” Conrad said. “It is our task, as educators, to know our students’ strengths and weaknesses, in order to help them learn. The effective teachers are those who lead children on a journey, marked by the love of learning and the lessons which result in productive lives. We will be slaves to those who control the content of testing and funding; our kids need to be educated, not indoctrinated.”
Lawton spoke on behalf of the revisions made to student section policy No. 7320, regarding a student’s violating this policy.
“Our policy for adults addresses the use of e-cigarettes, but not students,” he said.
This section of the policy reads, “The use of e-cigarettes and any other products containing nicotine, except for current, FDA-approved smoking cessation products, are also prohibited.”
On the matters of athletic mergers, Mike Frascella said, “If we don’t have enough kids to field a team, then obviously, it would make sense to merge a sport. But once we merge a sport, we cannot proceed to start it one year, and end it the next year. We need to be consistent. I am all for merging sports; this means our kids have the opportunity of playing, rather than not playing at all. But solely merging sports for the sake of being competitive is not necessarily in the best interest of that student.”
Business Official Ann O’Brien spoke on the audit process.
“Our process of audits, which needs to be done every 5 years, has released their report. This report is processed by the [New York] state comptroller’s office. This report is confidential, at this time. Once the board approves a response, the report will be released, and then we can discuss this publicly,” O’Brien explained. “The report will cover our financial condition and this process is being done with other schools, covering all districts of the state, not just West Valley.”
The West Valley Parent Teacher Organization will use the cafeteria and library on Dec. 14 for the annual “Santa’s School for the Elves,” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Michael Ball was authorized to act as an official bank signatory and the official electronic signatory for checks.
The next regular meeting will be held on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the school’s library and media center.