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West Valley School’s finances are in good shape

The West Valley Central School District Board of Education heard about the financial health of the district at its Sept. 17 meeting.

A report was given by Ken Frank, a member of the audit team at the RA Mercer Company. Frank said the district is in good financial shape, compared to other districts, which have had to dip into reserve funds to cover shortfalls from decreased state aid and locked-in staff contracts. West Valley’s state aid has decreased $45,000 during the last five years, leading to stated efforts to trim corners and cut costs.

The district has cut back on spending, according to Frank. It spent approximately $7.6 million less this year than it had by June 2011.

“The district has had no needless, excess spending,” Frank said. “The district has been very responsible for the last few years.”

Frank also said the district has improved its record-keeping procedures during the last few years, as well.

In other board news:
– The board voted on first-reading proposals to change board policy, including allowing a board member to vote or communicate via video and audio conference calls, allowing the sharing of tools and supplies for community events, posting all school records and agenda items online prior to all meetings and implementing small changes to the student directory.

– The board approved the resignations of Mallorie Gerwitz, Suzanne Ciminesi, Rick Engels and Sarah Peffer.

– The board approved the hiring of Kristi Haun, Melissa Lord and Phillip Gorlewski, as substitute teachers.

– Patty Kowalski’s hiring as the color guard advisor was approved.

– Deborah Fenn and Michael Baronich were approved to serve as co-advisors for the International Connections Club.

– The following adult mentor volunteers were approved: Polly McCauley, Bonnie Hess, Justine Stephan, Beth Roy, Baronich, Michelle Pfeffer and Kathy Vacanti.

– Marylou Forster was approved to act as the teacher mentor for Baronich.

– The following materials were named surplus and saleable: one collapsible lunch table tag, one orange child’s chair, one metal desk tag, one magazine rack, three rolling computer tables and three stationary computer tables, an air compressor, 10 wireless routers, textbooks and chapter books.

– The library was approved as the location for WVCS Parent Teacher Organization meetings, to be held throughout the school year.

– The use of the cafeteria, library or home economics room was approved as the location for the West Valley Clever Clovers 4-H.

– Donations of school supplies from Love INC and Lynette Ponton, a former West Valley employee, were approved.

– Five student book bags and school supplies from CCSE Federal Credit Union of Salamanca were accepted.

– The superintendent conference day was changed from Oct. 26 to Oct. 5.

– The lunch prices were adjusted to $1.35 for kindergarten – fourth grades and $1.60 for ninth – 12th grades, effective Sept. 5 through the end of the school year.

– Colleen Fuller was hired as the night cleaning supervisor.

– Bob Harrington was acknowledged for meeting the state of New York Department of Transportation’s goal of having at least 90 percent of district vehicles pass the semi-annual bus safety inspections.

– A motion to approve the West Valley Central School and West Valley Teacher’s Association contract through the 2014/15 school year was approved.

The next regular WVCS meeting will take place on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the school library.
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