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West Valley Central School hires new staff members

WEST VALLEY — A West Valley Central School Board meeting was held on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

Superintendent Eric Lawton reported that no students had signed up to play football in the fall, as of yet.

“We have a fine group of coaches, for the upcoming school year, this fall,” he said. “Diana Frank will no longer be substitute, as she has acquired full-time employment, effective July 30, 2013, and Virginia Siepel has given a verbal resignation, without a letter, for a substitute and substitute clerical position, effective July 18, 2013.”

The superintendent also reported that WVCS has surplus windows and supplies.

“In the year 2000, we had a project of inspection, during which we had noticed that emergency windows were not installed. The pre-existing windows have been placed in our bus garage, and been replaced with new ones,” he explained. “I am asking permission to list these as surplus items to be gathered as a silent bid auction or similar procedure. Once we vote this as surplus, we can then decide what to do with it, along with other items included in the 2000 projects.”

The windows were listed as surplus.

The district also has records that must be shredded, after six years, as well as school books that have been formally turned in by instructors, that must be discarded.

In addition, the gym floor has been refinished and polished and doors have been painted and re-stained.

Principal Dan Amodeo reported on staff changes, at WVCS.

“We have appointed three positions for instructors, a full-time and half-time teacher for social studies and a full-time art teacher, this being a more technical position with a longer hiring process.”

He added that a master schedule for students will go out, next week.

“These schedules will be for the new school year, next fall. Our summer reading program ended last Thursday, Aug. 1. We perceived that the attendance was varied for this program, so next year, we look to find more creative ways to increase participation,” Amodeo concluded.

Ann O’Brien, the school business official, said that, “We are testing the waters for the best interest rate on our bus ban resolution, as provided by school attorney, Charles Harrigan. The best result would be between 1 and 1.5 percent, and the average rate for a small bus is roughly $40,000.”

She also reported that, as of that meeting, there is no state contract for copy machines. “We can replace what we have, without spending more than our current costs. The older machines have been in the district since 2006. The net cost is roughly $2,700, and we expect to be more energy efficient, in the future,” she explained.

In other board news:

– Michael Baronich was approved for the 1.0 full-time equivalent social studies position, as recommended by Lawton. This is a three-year position, tenure probation appointment effective Sept. 1 – June 30, 2016.

– Kristen Wilson was appointed to a 1.0 FTE art teacher position, which is also a tenure probation appointment effective Sept. 1 – June 30, 2016.

– Derek Houser was appointed to the 0.5 FTE social studies position. This will be effective Sept. 1.

– A salary increase of 2 percent was designated for the district clerk, superintendent’s secretary, treasurer and senior account clerk, effective July 1, 2013.

– The Bus ban resolution for a school bus purchase was approved, and provided by the school’s attorney, Charles Harrigan.

The next WVCS Board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.


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