WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Board of Education held their annual organizational meeting for the 2014-15 school year Tuesday, July 1.
The meeting kicked off with the administration of the two newly appointed members of the board, George Kazmierczak and Jim Boberg. Mike Frascella was then re-elected as the president of the board and Kazmierczak was re-elected to vice president of the board.
Appointment of officers was next on the agenda for the board. Carolyn Boberg was sworn in as the district clerk for the 2014-15 year. District Treasurer Michael Ball, Deputy Treasurer Ann O’ Brien, Internal Claims Auditor John Seltzer and Deputy Claims Auditor Patti Dashnaw were all approved for their positions.
All other appointments and designations were approved by the board, including, Charles Harrigan as the school attorney, Superintendent Eric Lawton as the attendance officer, the compliance officer for discrimination and harassment issues and the faculty auditor. Principal Dan Amodeo was also approved as the Title IX coordinator, Dignity Act coordinator and the liaison for homeless children and youth.
Along with these appointments, the 2014-15 board of education meeting schedule, the Springville Journal as the official newspaper for the district, the use of ceremonial firearms on campus for national holiday celebrations and the emergency closing policy were all approved.
After the organizational meeting, the board continued with their regularly scheduled board meeting.
Lawton started off by saying the 2014 high school graduation was a success and that even though they usually don’t have people present awards, the presentation of the Anna Schroeder Memorial Award went very well for its first year and he commended everyone involved.
Amodeo was next to speak and he updated the board on the summer reading program and drivers education. He contacted all the parents of children in the summer reading program about the availability of transportation and he is waiting to hear back from a few more. Driver’s education is now in place and will be starting on Monday, July 7.
Amodeo also brought up class scheduling and he stated that he has looked at many different options and as of now, a reduction in the number of periods would not benefit the students.
The school has also looked into offering a college credit course for physics for the upcoming school year that would replace regents physics. Since Jamestown Community College does not offer the class, they have looked into Genesee Community College and Erie Community College for the course. The only difference holding it through GCC or ECC is that both charge tuition where JCC does not. The board asked Amodeo for more information on possible reimbursement before they make a decision.
Board member Mary Fleischman also had a few concerns for the physics course saying that she has seen the difficulty of these college credit courses in the past and is worried that the students might not have the prior knowledge to succeed.
“I’m just worried that they wouldn’t have the prerequisite knowledge,” said Fleischman. “I just want to make sure that our kids can succeed because it is tough to throw them in some of these classes.”
“Other classes have shown that our students can do the work and they are willing to do the work and can be successful,” said Amodeo.
The board then voted on some additional staff additions and designations for the 2014-15 school year. They unanimously approved all the substitute teachers, substitute teacher aides, substitute clerical, substitute bus drivers, substitute cleaners, substitute monitors and extra curricular activity advisors. Also approved were April Preston as the athletic director, James Boberg and Michael Parish as school constables and Connie Jo Kazmierczak and Bonnie Hess as co-advisors for the freshman class.
Fall sports coaches were also approved for the 2014-15 season. Aron Cole for girls’ varsity volleyball. Megan George-Baker for girls’ JV volleyball, Kristopher Fuller for boys’ varsity soccer, Jason Kearney for boy’s modified soccer and Cara Abbey for girls’ varsity soccer will be coaching the fall season.
The board also approved that the school library will now be open for 1.5 hours on Wednesday evenings to the community during the summer and school year.
The next regularly scheduled WVCS Board of Education meeting will be held Monday, July 14, at 6 p.m. in the school library.