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West Valley Central School plans for opening day

WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School Board announced preparations for opening day, during its board meeting on Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.

Principle Dan Amodeo introduced Carol Hannon, who will be a long-term math substitute, this year.

Amodeo added that the district is also preparing for its opening day, which will be Sept. 5. The faculty will hold a first-day faculty meeting, with adaptive school training sessions, for the staff.

In the area of performance, Amodeo reported a “significant decrease” in proficiency ratings, with declines in most areas.

“The state released conversion charts; this will adjust for APPR scores on a basis for student proficiency from last year, as well. The state assessment is a new baseline for learning and an instructional prospect, for how to move forward.”

The WVCS district will hold its first open house on Sept. 12, for kindergarten – fifth grades.

All schedules have been received by parents, at this time, and should now be available, according to Amodeo.

“Passing time between periods has been increased to 3 minutes, and I would also like students to keep book bags in the classrooms, without the need to carry them, throughout the school. Any changes to the students’ schedules shall be adjusted, during the first five weeks of the school year,” he concluded.

Superintendent Eric Lawton announced that the district has 80 boxes of material to be shredded.

“These are items, unused of course, and have been backlogged. Most of the items consisted of our previous move and clean-out material,” according to Lawton, who added that the price was reasonable.

“We also went through proposals for architectural firms [for building repairs]. I also find that the importance of cost is undermined by the architect to put together a quality project and to be able to present this quality project, in an intelligent way, whereas a trust is developed in business, for getting the job done efficiently.”

The district officials have narrowed their selection of workers down to three people, and will have a decision by the next board meeting.

A return assessment on the West Valley Demonstration Project was received, designating the property as a tax-free zone.

An electric company replaced the school sign and workers will be removing area rugs on select hallways, “so that students and staff can better [see] our school logo, WV,” Lawton said.

Ann O’Brien, school business official, said that, “Equalization rates have an impact on tax rates. Our rating agency has reviewed our [financial statements] and had a look at our bond rating; I am happy to report our score was an A+, as it is important to keep this figure low.”

In other board matters:

– Cheryl Gentner was approved as a full-time driver, effective Sept. 1. 
– Jason Kearney was approved, as a coach for boys modified soccer and Bonnie Hess and Connie Jo Kazmierczak were approved, as girls modified soccer coaches.

– The tax warrant for the 2013–14 tax year was accepted.

– An amended resolution, adopted on June 25, transferred any excess revenue over expenditures, for the year ending June 30, 2013, over the 4 percent limit to the retirement contribution reserve and the tax certiorari reserve, for the purpose of funding obligations. The transferable amount was $130,513.75.

– The district agreed to enter into a contract with Erie 1 BOCES for a five-year period, commencing on Sept. 11, to authorize the Western New York Regional Information Center to furnish computer services to the district, pursuant to Educational Law 1950 (4)(JJ) for an amount not to exceed $18,235.20, authorizing 60-monthly payments to be made to Erie 1 BOCES, in the amount not to exceed $303.92.

The next school board meeting will be held on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., in the library.

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