WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Central School Board of Education held a special meeting July 14, in which Regents exams and the bid for the roof construction were discussed.
Principal Dan Amodeo started off the meeting by taking questions about the recent Regents exam results and retakes coming up in August. Retakes for Regents exams are not offered at West Valley, but students can take the exams at either Springville-Griffith Institute or Pioneer Central School.
Board member Dennis McCauley asked Amodeo what was to be done to prepare students who did not pass the Regents exams that are being offered as a retake in August. Amodeo said that they have never offered any kind of review class in the past.
Amodeo also said that the parents of students who did not pass a Regents exam were contacted about the August retakes. Board member Mary Fleishman said she feels that all students who did not receive a mastery grade should be contacted about the retake and a review course if they decide to create one.
Of all the Regents exams, the one with the biggest problem was the global history and geography exam, which according to Fleishman had about a 60 percent failure rate. Fleishman also stated that with this many kids failing, something like a review class should be started to help them.
Amodeo later stated that if they do go ahead and offer a global review course, it could set a precedent that they would not be able to keep.
“If we are going to do it for one, we would need to do it for all,” said Amodeo. “What I think we will end up hearing is that you did it for this group of students but not these students or you did it that year but not this year.”
“I fear setting a precedent because unless we are prepared to do it every year and for every Regents, we are not doing the right thing,” said board member Bradley Frank.
“I understand what the board is saying but we are looking at our scores, looking where our school is, looking at how people are looking at the district and looking at these kids who aren’t doing well,” said Fleishman. “Do I know the answer, no, but we have to do something to help these kids.”
McCauley made a suggestion that review classes or packets should be looked into for the retakes in January instead. Amodeo said that students who do not pass the global retake exam in August could be put in a global AIS program starting this fall.
In other board news, there was one personnel addition voted on and Bonnie Frank was approved as a substitute clerical for the 2014-15 school year.
The board also approved the bid for the roof project that is set to start this summer as part of the $1.8 million capital project. The bid was awarded to Jamestown Roofing with a bid of $317,900.
McCauley also wanted to know if they were still going to hire a clerk of the works to monitor the roof project. District Business Official Ann O’ Brien said that they will be using one from Young & Wright Architects. A request for proposals will be put out at a later date for a clerk of the works for the rest of the capital project.
The next scheduled WVCS board meeting will be Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in the school library.