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WVCS Board discusses budget, BOCES meeting

WEST VALLEY — West Valley Central School Board of Education President Stephen Kowalski announced, during the board’s March 11 meeting, that the New York state budget, which the district has been waiting for, during its budget process, will be finished before Easter, “for all intents and purposes,.”

School Business Official Ann O’Brien spoke to the board about a district budget loss, which would take effect, next year. She said that $7,957 is scheduled to be deducted from the Title 1 and Individuals With Disabilities Education Act funds.

A flexible spending plan, which will include current Internal Revenue Service regulations and the implementation of the flex plans in the district, will be resolved for adoption.

A trade-in for a school bus, priced at $7,000, would provide a $2,000 savings. The school board said that it expects to receive state aid for this vehicle.

A Board of Cooperative Educational Services meeting, to discuss that entity’s budget plans, will take place on April 10 at 6 p.m. The budget vote and the election of BOCES Board of Education members will be held on April 23. All of the BOCES component districts must vote in this election on the same day.

In other matters:

– Principle Dan Amodeo announced possible student course requests for next year. One possibility will include an English/arts course for advanced juniors and seniors. This would be a one-semester class, carrying three college credits.

– The board discussed seven first readings of board policies, including revisions of the school food service program, drug/substance use and the interrogation search of students.

– All members were in favor of approving Charlotte MacLaughlin and Virginia Reed as registrars for voter registration day on May 8. Also approved was David Thiel as a voting machine inspector on the day of the vote.

– The board approved Kowalski as a BOCES Board candidate. If elected, Kowalski would serve a three-year term, effective July 1. The candidate vote will take place on Tuesday, April 23.

– The school district calendar, which was presented to the board, included the possibility of having early release days, once per month, and a varying schedule, so classes may be canceled, accordingly.

– Surplus equipment was designated for auction, disposal or donation. More than 40 baseball items were included.

The next West Valley Central School Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

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