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WVCS Board notes comptroller’s report and Regent tests scores

WEST VALLEY — Business Official Ann O’Brien informed the West Valley Central School Board of Education that the tax certiorari reserve must be returned, after four years. The portion that was not used must be returned to the general fund.

On June 25, O’Brien said, “We also need a resolution to authorize anything that goes over our 4 percent limit, in restricted reserves.”

The business official announced that the final draft of the comptroller’s report is in the process of being finalized. “Through the comptroller audit, we could not find a board resolution that established an employee benefit, through a liability reserve and unemployment reserves,” she said. “We are asking the board to establish those reserves.”

The West Valley District had placed money in these reserves, in the late 1990s, according to O’Brien.

Principal Dan Amodeo announced that the WVCS students have completed their Regents exams. All scoring assessments were sent to Pioneer High School.

“There were a few adjustments made, in regards to state scoring,” he said. “There was an estimate of four exams that needed to be re-scanned. There will also be two full-time positions available, for art and social studies.”

In other matters:
– Superintendent Eric Lawton announced that a glass memento will be given to retiring teachers and a zero-gravity lounge chair will be delivered to Stephen Kowalski, “for his 10 years of service to the school board.”

– The school received 120 applications for new teachers.

– Lawton announced that Business First of Buffalo ranked the West Valley School District 40 out of 75. “There is room to grow, but this is very respectable and we are doing well,” he said. “We also rank third out of 12, in the county.

“I would also like to give many thanks to the graduating class of 2013. Those students will be sadly missed.”

– Kathy Vacanti will serve as an elementary summer reading program instructor from July 8 – Aug. 1, on Mondays – Thursdays. Pay is in accordance with the West Valley Central Teachers’ Association contract.

– An unpaid leave was approved for Jody Thiel, effective Sept. 2 – Oct. 31.

– The district will provide the additional pension benefits of Section 41-J of the retirement and Social Security law, effective July 1.

– The outdoor recreation and science club and computer club were closed, due to inactivity.

– The board announced the return of the unused portion of the tax certiorari reserve fund to the general fund for the year ending June 30, as recommended by the superintendent.

– A motion was approved, to transfer any excess revenue over expenditures for the year ending June 30, over the 4 percent limit, to the retirement contribution reserve and the tax certiorari reserve, for the purpose of funding future obligations.

– The school has made the following changes to its breakfast and lunch program: breakfast for kindergarten – 12th grade will be $1. Kindergartners – eighth graders will eat lunch for $1.50 and students in grades nine – 12 will pay $1.75, for lunch.

– The WVCS athletes were approved to use the weight and locker rooms to train, from July 1 – Aug. 16, Monday – Friday, from 6 – 9 p.m. Kristopher Fuller will be present.

– The driveway and parking lot sealing bid of $5,100 from EWS Enterprises LLC was accepted.

– The board approved a resolution regarding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to create tax-free zones.

“Legislation markup is certain to be a component of future legislation,” the resolution read. “Legislation approval will be required, to move this proposal forward. The proposal indicates that 20 strategic states assets will be designated tax-free. The state owned Western New York Nuclear Service Center, located in Northern Cattaraugus County, contains usable acreage, utilities and access for new business startups.

“The town of West Valley requests that portions of the Western New York Nuclear Service Center be included in legislation, approving the governor’s tax-free NY proposal,” the resolution continued. “The creation of a tax-free zone at the service center will be a positive step forward, to the future use of this nuclear center.”

The next West Valley Central School Board of Education meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 2, in the school’s library conference room.

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