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West Valley school board talks numbers, test scores

WEST VALLEY — West Valley Central School held a board meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, to discuss the annual audit report, among other agenda items.

Ken Frank, a shareholder of the RA Mercer company, briefed the board on the school’s external audit report. “I have noticed that the district has not increased their expenditures, and I believe this is a great emphasis to have,” Frank said.

The board approved Bob Conrad, representative of the External Audit Committee, along with Ken Frank, on their briefing of the external audit.

Superintendent Eric Lawton announced that the Allegany-Cattaraugus Association of School Boards annual dinner will be held on Oct. 3 at 5:45 p.m. The dinner will be held at Moonwinks Restaurant and Lounge in Cuba, N.Y.

Principle Dan Amodeo announced that state assessments and test results were released in late August.

“We are in the process of sending these results home to parents, to inform them of how their children performed on the 2013 Common Core assessments. The data that was received from the tests are coming in slowly and the data we are receiving now is related to ‘student raw score,’” he explained.

“We have also received reports of what the students had chosen for answers, but it is still difficult to diagnose where the students may have struggled with this assessment. West Valley Central is in a transitioning phase of the Common Core standards, as well as other districts in the state; these standards were approved by the New York State Board of Regents in 2010. West Valley Central was accepted to field test for the [state leaders in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers] assessment,” the principal added.

He also noted that West Valley’s finalized version of the annual professional performance review plan is complete.

“We have made a posting available for a long-term science teacher; I would like to note that this ad is coming to its closing stages. For our purposes, the appointed person has to be certified in biology,” Amodeo also said.

The principal also thanked parents for attending last week’s elementary school open house.

“Elements of the common core were discussed and I think it was very well attended,” he said.

Next week will be the school’s spirit week, ending on Sept. 27.

The internal audit period of July 1, 2012-May 31, 2013, that covered controls over budget development and administration for the 2013-14 General Fund Budget and extra classroom activities, as presented by Nichele James, was accepted.

Carol Hannon, Leanna Pfeffer and Lisa Green will be deemed adult mentor volunteers for the 2013-14 school years. Marylou Forster will be the teaching mentor for Carol Hannon, and Amy Butler will be appointed teaching mentor for Kristin Wilson.

The Memorandum of Agreement between the WVCS and the West Valley Teacher’s Association — Appendix P — the ISS Facilitator position, was passed.

A donation of school supplies from Love In The Name of Christ of Springville was acknowledged. The coordination and delivery of these items were done by Riceville Community Church and St. Paul’s Methodist Church in West Valley.

Four student book bags and school supplies were donated by CCSE Federal Credit Union of Salamanca.

A donation of $77.67 was accepted from Target’s 2013 Take Charge of Education Program, as was $299.04 from Top’s Market in Education Program.

The next WVCS board meeting is Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at West Valley Central School.
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